Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:
- Demand for Automotive Technicians is expected to grow about 5%* between 2014 and 2024.
- Entry level wages are about $12.50/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Automotive Service Technology
Students are trained in the use of technical and flat-rate information systems, as well as a variety of hand and power tools.
Training also includes the use of electronic diagnostic and other test equipment. Specialty training is provided in such areas as air conditioning, front-end alignment, and the use of computerized automotive repair data systems.
Instruction coincides with the eight (8) areas recognized by the Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for professional technician certification, and provides for eight areas of specialization in Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle, Manual Drive Train and Axles, Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical Systems, Heating and Air Conditioning, and Engine Performance. Students are encouraged to participate in the ASE Certification testing program during their training.
The Automotive Service Technology program is certified as a Master Training Program by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) meeting national training standards in eight Automotive Service Excellence areas of certification.
Additional Skills Covered:
- Basic Automotive Service
- Engine Performance
- Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
- Electrical Systems/Auto Electronics
- Manual Drive Train & Axles
- Engine Repair
- Suspension & Steering
- Brake Systems
- Heating & Air Conditioning
- Employability Skills
The standard length of this program is 1800 hours / approx. 18 months (full-time)
College Credit Transfer Opportunity and / or Advanced Credit:
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry credential, students may be awarded credits toward an AS or AAS Degree by Broward College or select schools in the Florida College System. Students must enroll in Broward College within 2 years of completing the program at Atlantic Technical College. Additional college credit may be awarded with the attainment of additional industry credentials.
Certification fees and tools for entry level employment are additional.
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Step 1⇒ Attend a Program Orientation
Step 2 ⇒ Take the Tests of Adult Basic Education or meet exemption criteria
- See your counselor/advisor for details on test exemption criteria.
- Accommodations for testing are available to qualified individuals.
- Visit the Office of Disability Services for details before testing.
Step 3 ⇒ Meet with your counselor/advisor
- Receive test results
- Discuss technical or academic program placement
- Special needs
- Financial aid
- Registration procedures
Step 4 ⇒ Registration and Enrollment