Auto Service Technician

Auto Service Technician

The Auto Service Technician program is an Automotive and ASE/NATEF certified 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 who successfully complete this program will be prepared to take and pass the respective ASE/NATEF exams and will be prepared for postsecondary 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
  • 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
Dual Enrollment Credit

The Auto Service Technician 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 Tech I 8506 1 year 10-11 only RCC – 13 Credits  ASE Student Certifications AM Only
Auto Tech 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

Education Pathways

Education Pathways

The CATEC Auto Service Technician 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.
  • National Wage Average: $37,120.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $39,480.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +11.1%

Instructor: Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson has been teaching automotive tech for the past eight years. Prior to teaching, Mr. Richardson was an automotive technician for 16 years.