INSTRUCTOR: MATT RICHARDSON

INSTRUCTOR: MATT RICHARDSON

Mr. Richardson has worked in the Automotive field since 2004 and is an ASE Master Technician, as well as a Certified Safety Inspector. He was 100% GM-trained while being a Team Leader and Head Technician at Jim Price Chevrolet. Mr. Richardson is an adjunct professor for Reynolds Community College and, as such, his Automotive Service Technology students receive dual-enrollment college credits. When asked why he loves what he does, Mr. Richardson says, “This is one of the only trades that is constantly changing; nothing stays the same. You are always learning something new. When I worked in the industry, I enjoyed having students from CATEC come to Price Chevy. Being able to train them while they were on a job shadow or apprenticeship was a great opportunity.”


AUTO SERVICE TECHNOLOGY

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.

CREDIT, CERTIFICATIONS, COURSE INFORMATION, AND PATHWAYS

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.

CERTIFICATIONS

ASE student certification exams in the following areas:

  • Suspension and Steering

  • Brakes

  • 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.

COURSE INFORMATION

Class: Auto Service Tech I

State Code: 8506

Duration: 1 year

Grade(s): 10-11 only

Dual-Enrollment: RCC – 13 Credits

Credential(s): ASE Student Certifications

Time(s): AM Only

Class: Auto Service Tech II

State Code: 8507

Duration: 1 year

Grade(s): 11-12 only

Dual-Enrollment: RCC – 12 Credits

Credential(s): ASE Student Certifications

Time(s): PM Only

Students successfully completing the program receive credit for the following Reynolds Community College courses.

Year

Year 1

Year 1

Year 1

Year 1

Year 2

Year 2

Year 2

Year 2

College Course Codes

AUT101

AUT236

AUT241

AUT242

AUT111

AUT236

AUT265

AUT265

College Course Name

Intro to Auto

Systems

Auto

Climate Control

Auto

Electricity I

Auto

Electricity II

Auto

Engines I

State Inspection

Alignment, Suspension & Steering

Auto

Braking System

Credit Per Course

3

4

3

3

4

2

3

3

College

RCC

RCC

RCC

RCC

RCC

RCC

RCC

RCC

EDUCATION PATHWAYS

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).

CAREER PATHWAYS

  • 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%