Automotive Service Technology
TC = Technical Certificate | 11 months (Three Semesters)

Automotive Service Technology TC = Technical Certificate | 11 months (Three Semesters)

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.

Arkansas Future Grant

This program is Arkansas Future Grant eligible, which means the grant may cover tuition and fees.

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.

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
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