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Automotive Service Department Overview

Gear up for a great career as an Automotive Service Technician.

If your fascination for cars has you wanting to turn your object of interest into a career, South Central College can help prepare you to work in this interesting, ever-changing field. Contemporary automobile systems are complex and automotive service technicians must rely upon a comprehensive, hands-on education to become familiar with the many mechanical and electrical components within the contemporary cars of today. 

The Automotive Service program at South Central College is a proven leader in providing students the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary for entry-level employment in the automotive service industry. Our Automotive Service Technician courses are taught by industry-experienced instructors that have been designated Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Master Automobile Technicians.

The Automotive Service program was evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and has been an Accredited Automotive Training Program since 1998.

An individual completing this program will find employment opportunities available in a variety of settings. Graduates of the SCC Automotive Service program are qualified for service technician positions in dealerships, independent repair facilities and fleet services. With additional training and experience, auto service technicians can become shop foremen, service advisors, service managers or open up their own businesses.

The Automotive Program Includes Course Work In:

  • Auto Service/Management
  • Basic Tune Up
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Brakes
  • Starting/Charging Systems
  • Rear Axle/Differential
  • Engine Diagnosis
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Upper/Lower Engine Service
  • Fuel Systems
  • Clutch & Drive Line
  • Engine Performance & Drivability
  • Suspension/Steering & Wheel Alignment
  • Air Conditioning

Employment Outlook

Region 2014 Jobs 2022 Jobs % Change Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Wage
Regional 1,233 1,290 5% $14.14 $29,952
State 13,568 14,073 5% $15.32 $31,865
National 781,089 806,690 5% $16.49 $34,299

Core Competencies

  1. Engine diagnosis and repair
  2. Automatic transmission and transaxle diagnosis and repair
  3. Manual drive train and axles diagnosis and repair
  4. Suspension and steering diagnosis and repair
  5. Brake system diagnosis and repair
  6. Electrical and electronic systems diagnosis and repair
  7. Heating and air conditioning diagnosis and repair
  8. Engine performance diagnosis and repair
  9. Describe professional and courteous customer service practices

Department Faculty

Darin Altmann,   Jim Brady