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Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science

Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science
Type: AAS
Major Code: AUTO-AAS
CIP: 0647060407


Automotive service technicians and mechanics inspect, maintain and repair cars and light trucks. Typically working in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops, automotive technicians identify and address mechanical problems with a combination of computers and traditional parts and tools.

Program Description

Seminole State's Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Automotive Technology is fully accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), Ford and General Motors (GM) and has been ranked as the top automotive educational program in the United States.

The program’s curriculum combines the latest in automotive technology education and relevant industry internships with practical academic coursework that is designed to prepare graduates for immediate and successful careers in the automotive service industry. The College’s active industry partnerships and experienced instructors ensure students receive the most advanced coursework which features traditional vehicle technology and emerging alternative fuel technologies, including hybrid-electric and hydrogen fuel cell. Students may focus their studies on domestic (GM and Ford) and/or import vehicle diagnosis and repair.

Candidates must:

  • Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  • Provide official transcript(s) indicating a standard high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Non-exempt students must complete the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT);
  • Be at least 18 years of age prior to first work assignment;
  • Possess a valid Florida driver's license and provide current Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) report;
  • Submit the completed and signed Automotive Program Application Form;
  • Schedule an interview with the program manager or program advisor;
  • Be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.


College Credit Certificates

Students pursuing this degree also may obtain the following college credit certificates:

  • Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair
  • Automotive Technician

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are employed as:

  • Automotive parts sales and service representatives
  • Automotive technicians
  • Automotive technology instructors

Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by 17 percent (about as fast as average) through 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).


With proper industry work experience, graduates of this program may qualify to earn the following industry certifications:

  • ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (L1),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Automatic Transmission/Transaxle (A2),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Brakes (A5),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Electrical/Electronic Systems (A6),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Engine Performance (A9),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Engine Repair (A1), (NIASE010)
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Heating and Air Conditioning (A7),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Manual Drive Train and Axles (A3),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Suspension and Steering (A4),
  • ASE Automobile Service Consultant (C1),
  • ASE Master Automobile Technician,
  • ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Technician: Preventive Maintenance Inspection (PMI) (T8)
  • ASE Parts Specialist

Placement and Salary Information

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Available Courses
Required Courses
Choose AER 1596C or AER 1580 and AER 1594

AER 29## Cooperative Education Internship in Automotive Technology

A total of 11 co-op credits are required for graduation. These 11 co-op credits may also include up to 4 credit hours of AER 2920 Automotive Practicum
General Education Courses

Any General Education course

PHY1020 Conceptual Physics recommended

Humanities General Education course


Mathematics or Science General Education course


Social Science General Education course

Total Credits:

If General Education courses have not been initiated by the beginning of the third term, registration may be blocked.


Courses beginning with a leading digit of "0", postsecondary adult vocational courses and AER prefix courses do not meet the requirements for an Associate in Arts or Bachelor's degree. 


Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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