Automotive Service Technology Certificate

Automotive Service Technology

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Program Duration

11 months (Three Semesters)

Program Type

Technical Certificate

Median Arkansas Salary

$36,890 (Career Information)

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Why Choose This Program

Students learn in Northark’s own real-life automotive shop working on customers’ vehicles.


About The Program

There are approximately 280 million vehicles on the road in the United States, and all of them will need repairs at some point. Automotive service technicians are needed to keep to vehicles operating safely.

Northark’s program is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) curriculum developed by the National Automotive Technical Education Foundation (NATEF). Students concentrate on seven major areas of automotive service with emphasis on preparation for the associated ASE Certification examinations. Additionally, students learn proper shop management procedures through extensive lab assignments in the College’s live shop.

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase a basic set of tools after the first semester in the AST program. Almost all dealerships and independent repair facilities require technicians to have their own tools and are reluctant to hire technicians who do not. A number of tool manufacturers (Snap On, SK, MAC, etc.) provide significant educational discounts to students. Information on these discount purchase programs is available from AST program instructors.

Paying for College

Northark is affordable! We offer nearly $500,000 annually through institutional and foundation scholarships in addition to federal and state aid. See our scholarships and other financial aid programs.

Transfer or Stackable Options

The certificate can be used as one of the technical disciplines required for the Associate of Applied Science in General Technology.

Faculty Contact

Kevin Parker
Automotive Service Technology Instructor
(870) 391-3384

Northark automotive student Eamonn Clark

“I want to open my own tuning shop, and I thought this program would be a good way to get started in the automotive industry. I have learned that cars are fairly simple. They seem complex on the outside.”

- Eamonn Clark, automotive service student

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and use basic safety in the automotive service industry.
  • Identify and properly use automotive service materials, tools, and shop equipment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret service manuals.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking techniques to diagnose and repair all auto service problems.