Automotive Service Technology

An exciting, fast-paced, and rewarding career.


Today, automotive technicians use computers and scanners to help diagnose problems in cars. Our high-tech automotive service technology program provides for 10 occupational points of 1,800 hours of training in areas of automotive specialization. This discipline is taught by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified instructors and allows students who complete specific coursework to be qualified for employment or additional specialized training.

Career Opportunities:

  • Light Duty Service Assistant
  • Engine Performance/Repair Technician
  • Service Manager
  • Shop Owner/Operator
  • Automatic & Manual Drive Train Technician or TransAxle Technician
  • Steering, Suspension, and Alignment Technician
  • Brake System Technician
  • Electrical/Electronic System Technician
  • Heating & Air Conditioning Technician
  • Automotive Parts Specialist

Employment Opportunities:

Automotive technicians can work for a dealership, an independent shop, or open their own shop. Dealership level opportunities are available for shop foremen, service advisors, or service managers.

Employment Outlook:

Employment in the automotive industry is expected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.


The average hourly wage and salary earnings for automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission are $18.60 per hour or $38,690 annually.


Location and Hours:

  • D.A. Dorsey Technical College (Certificate – 1800 Hours)
  • Lindsey Hopkins Technical College (Certificate – 1800 Hours)
  • Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College (Certificate – 1800 Hours)
  • Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College (Certificate – 1800 Hours)
  • South Dade Technical College (Certificate – 1800 Hours)
  • Southwest Adult Education Center (Certificate – 1800 Hours)