Automotive Service Technology Post-Secondary Adult Career Certificate

Keep Central Florida rolling with your knowledge of automotive repair. Diagnosis the problems and learn to apply knowledge with hands-on training using techniques in today’s automotive repair industry.

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  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are "scholar-practitioners" with industry experience as well as academic credentials.  
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  • Industry involvement: Our industry-focused certificate programs offer excellent connections to Central Florida employers.
  • Hands-on experience: Practical, hands-on learning experiences prepare students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations.
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Automotive Service Technology Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate
Major Code : AUTO-VC
CIP: 0647060405
Educational Plan: AUTO-VC

Program Description

This program prepares students to become entry-level technicians, familiar with all aspects of automotive diagnosis and repair. The latest in computerized work stations and simulators are used in the classroom. Structured laboratories give the student hands-on experience with late-model cars, using the tools and techniques employed in today's automotive repair industry. Students successfully completing this program will be able to diagnose and repair any of the basic systems on late-model cars.

Admission requirements:

  • Submit a completed Seminole State College application to the Admissions Office;
  • If non-exempt, take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) within the first six weeks of admission into the program; TABE scores must be at or above 568 for Language, 570 for Reading and 579 for Math to exit the program and receive the completion diploma;
  • Register for Fall Term;
  • Be able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds.

Note: Students must earn a passing grade in each course to continue in the program.

Total program hours: 1,245 of 1,800

Available Courses
Required Courses
Classroom instruction is provided in the organization and management of small automotive shops, employer-employee and customer relations, processing of work orders, parts inventory control, job search, relocation and interview techniques. Students will identify the advantages and disadvantages of owning and managing a business, identify acceptable work ethic and explain procedures for managing employer-employee and customer relations. Lab fee required.
This course begins with an introduction to the automotive systems, tools and equipment and proper procedures for performing lubrication, tire and minor maintenance service on automotive vehicles. Included are use of service manuals, both paper and computer driven, use of measuring and special tools, use of digital volt-ohmmeters, safety and hazardous materials handling and identification and operation and minor service of various automotive systems. Lab fee required.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an in-depth study of automotive engines, nomenclature of parts, engine types, sizes and operating principles. Engine overhaul procedures are studied and performed, including valve train service and machining. Emphasis is placed on proper diagnoses of engine problems, including loss of compression, lubrication of components, cylinder balance, noise and vibration problems. Lab fee required.
This course introduces the student to the relationship between the engine, clutch, transmission, drive axle and differential. Organized learning experiences are provided in the operation, service and maintenance of mechanical and hydraulic clutches, manual and automatic transmissions, transaxles and differentials. Automatic transmission and transaxle operation and minor service is included. Lab fee required.
In this course emphasis is placed on safety and the use of proper procedures for diagnosing, inspecting and repairing brake and suspension systems. Theory and principles of operation are combined with laboratory work, which includes wheel alignment, suspension and brake systems, inspection, diagnosis and repair. Lab fee required.
This course provides an in-depth study of electrical and electronic theory, test equipment, wiring diagram interpretation, engine, body and chassis electrical systems. The student, on simulators, computer-based trainers and on-vehicle applications, will demonstrate application of theory. Included are actual work experiences and the use of modern diagnostic tools and equipment. Lab fee required.
This course is a systematic study of the heating and ventilation system, the engine cooling system, air conditioning system operation, temperature controls, refrigerants, recovery and recycling. Procedures for diagnosis, service and repair of air conditioning components are also covered. Lab fee required.
This program has been identified as a U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Program. For more information, visit

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. 

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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Tuition and Fees*

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Total per Credit Hour$84
Total per Contact Hour Rate$3

For more information on Seminole State's tuition and fees, please see the 2018-19 fee schedule.

* Tuition costs are based on program costs for in-state students according to the 2018-19 fee schedule. The cost for books, supplies and any other program-related expenses will vary by program. Financial aid may be available for qualified students. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.