Automotive Department

Seminole State's Automotive Building Sanford Lake Mary

The Automotive Department at Seminole State College enables students to earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree or vocational certificate while gaining valuable experience and preparing for successful careers in the automotive industry.

Students can earn an A.A.S. degree in Automotive Service Management Technology through one of three specialty tracks:

  • Ford – Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET)
  • General Motors – Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP)
  • Import– Technician Automotive Career Training (TACT)

The Automotive Service Technology Program (ASTP), a one-year, non-degree vocational certificate is also available. 

Information Sessions

All students interested in our Automotive programs are invited to attend information sessions where they will:

  • Receive general information about Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Learn about our different Automotive Programs (Degree & Certificate Programs)
  • Meet the program manager, faculty, and academic advisor
  • Tour the automotive labs and classrooms
  • See demonstrations of how state-of-the-art technology is used in the automotive program

Upcoming information sessions will be announced. 


Why Choose Seminole State?

Corvette ZR1
  • Award-winning program: Seminole State’s Automotive Service Management Technology A.A.S. degree has been recognized as the No. 1 automotive education program in the nation.
  • Fully accredited curriculum: The automotive curriculum is accredited by NATEF, Ford and General Motors (GM). It combines the latest in automotive technology education, relevant industry internships and strong academic coursework.
  • Manufacturer training credentials: Students earn specific manufacturer training credentials upon graduation.
  • Modern training facility: The Barbara Miller CFADA Automotive Training Center   features the latest equipment, high-tech classrooms, a 2,000-square-foot showroom and much more.
  • Highly qualified faculty: All professors in the College’s automotive program are ASE-certified master technicians and have extensive industry experience.
  • Career opportunities: Seminole State’s automotive students intern at new car dealerships, fleet operations facilities, municipalities or independent garages to prepare for full-time jobs in the automotive field.
  • Transferable degree: Students who earn an A.A.S. degree in Automotive Service Management Technology from Seminole State will earn credits that can be applied toward an Associate in Science (A.S.) or Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree from Seminole State.
Barbara Miller thanks the Seminole State College of Florida Board of Trustees.
For over 30 years, Barbara Miller has been a tenacious champion of the top-ranked automotive training program at Seminole State, both personally and prior to her retirement as executive vice president of the Central Florida Auto Dealers Association (CFADA) last year.
Professors Jim Cokos (left) and Carlos Vasquez bring industry expertise to the Seminole State College Automotive Program.
Seminole State College of Florida now has two General Motors (GM) World Class Technicians (WCT) as part of its faculty. Automotive professors Jim Cokos and Carlos Vasquez recently achieved this elite status.
Automotive Program alum Matt Jaegar says Seminole State gave him the foundation to quickly enter the workforce after graduation.
Matt Jaeger didn't have to look far to find the automotive program that would be the right fit for his needs. A graduate of The Master's Academy in Oviedo, he'd seen signs for Seminole State College for as long as he could remember.
Julio and Nancy Calderon
Julio Calderon considers himself blessed to have discovered his chosen career path in his early 20s, but his plans for the future weren't always so clear.
The 55,000-square foot Central Florida Auto Dealers Association (CFADA) building on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
The shortage of well trained and highly skilled automotive technicians is the focus of an article in WardsAuto. The article praised Seminole State College and the Central Florida Auto Dealers Association (CFADA) working relationship and high tech facility.


Ronda Thacker
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