AUTO SERVICE TECHNOLOGY
CATEC's two-year Automotive Service Technology program is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)- and National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)-accredited program. Students learn all aspects of automotive repair, safety, and customer service by concentrating on the eight automotive areas needed to become an ASE-certified master technician. Students extensively practice shop and personal safety. They identify and demonstrate usage of tools and equipment, research vehicle and service information and history, and prepare vehicles for service and for the customer. Students develop skills in inspecting engine assembly, repair, and performance. They study lubrication, cooling systems, transmissions, brakes, and electrical systems. Students who successfully complete this program will be prepared to take and pass ASE exams and will be prepared for post-secondary education opportunities.
COURSES, CREDIT AND CERTIFICATIONS
HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT
Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.
ASE student certification exams in the following areas:
- Suspension and Steering
- Electrical/Electronic Systems
- Engine Performance
- Engine Repair
- Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
- Manual Drive Train and Axles
- Heating and Air Conditioning
- Maintenance and Light Repair
- Automobile Service Technology
Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment
DUAL ENROLLMENT CREDIT
The Auto Service Technology program is dual-enrolled with Reynolds Community College. Students successfully competing both years of the program will receive 25 college credits.
|Class||State Code||Duration||Grades||Dual Enrollment||Credential(s)||AM or PM|
|Auto Service Tech I||8506||1 year||10-11 only||RCC – 13 Credits||ASE Student Certifications||AM Only|
|Auto ServiceTech II||8507||1 year||11-12 only||RCC – 12 Credits||ASE Student Certifications||PM Only|
Students successfully completing the program receive credit for the following Reynolds Community College courses.
|Year||College Course Codes||College Course Name||Credit Per Course||College|
|Year 1||AUT101||Intro to Automotive Systems||3||RCC|
|Year 1||AUT236||Automotive Climate Control||4||RCC|
|Year 1||AUT241||Automotive Electricity I||3||RCC|
|Year 1||AUT242||Automotive Electricity II||3||RCC|
|Year 2||AUT111||Automotive Engines I||4||RCC|
|Year 2||AUT236||State Inspection||2||RCC|
|Year 2||AUT265||Alignment, Suspension & Steering||3||RCC|
|Year 2||AUT265||Automotive Braking System||3||RCC|
The CATEC Automotive Service Techology program has a dual-enrollment agreement with Reynolds Community College and articulation agreements with University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), Universal Technical Institute (UTI) and Nashville Auto Diesel College (NADC).
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- Career Opportunity: Auto Service Technician
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles, including trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Repair any part on the vehicle.
- National Wage Average: $40,000.00
- Virginia Wage Average: $46,000.00
- Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +6%