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Automotive Service Technology

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Automotive Service Technology program is to provide quality educational training designed to meet the current and future needs of the automotive service industry.

Toward this end the following guidelines are established: assist students to choose, prepare for, enter, and be gainfully employed in the automotive field; offer a program which emphasizes sound fundamentals while responding to the needs of this particular industry; and provide courses to meet current and specific needs of the student and this industry.

Occupational Outlook

O*NET Program Details

Curriculum Framework

Program Outlook

The Automotive Service Technology program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills for employment as automotive technicians in the automotive industry. Instruction includes a combination of classroom theory and practical experience. This program is certified by the National Automotive Technical Education Foundation. Students who successfully complete the requirements of this program may receive college credits toward an Associate in Science degree at Miami Dade College. Students are encouraged to join SkillsUSA and eligible students may be nominated by their teachers to join the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.

Program Content

  • Service Tools & Bench Skills
  • Brakes and Alignment
  • Cooling Systems
  • Air Conditioning and Heating
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Fuel, Exhaust and Emission Systems
  • Power Flow Systems
  • Engine Repair and Performance
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • Employability Skills and Safety

Length of Program

The average length of the program is 1,800 hours, approximately 24 months, for adults if attending full time. Actual time in class is dependent upon enrollment status, whether you enroll as a full-time or part-time student, and the length of time the student requires to achieve competencies. This program contains several occupational completion points designed to prepare students for various entry level jobs within this occupational area.

Entrance Requirements

  • Application.
    • Interview by guidance counselor.
    • Assessment in reading, math and language.
    • Must be at least 16 years old and not attending high school.
  • Fees:
    • ID $30
    • Application fee $15
    • Material fee $200
    • Tuition $4608
    • Books $180
    • Miscellaneous fees
      • Coveralls $50
      • Eye shield $3
      • Goggles $4
      • Work boots $75
  • •Approximate total $5165

Entrance Dates

This program operates on an open-entry, open-exit basis. Students may enter the program anytime during the school-year. Entrance is dependent upon space availability. Call (305) 557-1100 and speak to a counselor.

Career Opportunities

Automotive Technician, Auto Part Counterman, Tire Installer.

O*NET lists the following occupations that the Automotive Service Technology program prepares students to enter:

49-3011.00 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

49-3023.02 Automotive Specialty Technicians

49-3041.00 Farm Equipment Mechanics

49-9041.00 Industrial Machinery Mechanics

51-2031.00 Engine and Other Machine Assemblers

51-9061.00 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

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The United States Department of Education requires the following information be disclosed for all educational programs that are Title IV eligible.

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) in reporting year 09/10, under Institutional Characteristics, indicates the following average program costs:

Tuition & Fees: $3,870 /program
Room and Board:
No on campus room or board provided
Off campus, not with family: Est. $ 26,800/20 month program
Off campus, with family: Est. $15,100/20 month program
Books and Supplies: $200/year
Other Cost:   N/A

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