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
- 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|
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 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.