Automotive Service Technology Academy

Program Length:  5 semesters Enrollment Banner Spring.jpg

Program Site:       Ybor City Campus Workforce Training Center

Class Time:           Day Class -- Monday - Friday,  7:30am - 1:30pm

                              Night Class -- Monday - Friday, 1:30pm - 7:30pm

1950 clock hours: 17 months to complete
Automotive Service Technology students will gain knowledge and skills for entering careers in automotive service and repairs, parts supply and after-market product installation.  Instruction and experiences include: the functioning, servicing and repairing of engines, suspension systems, brake systems, automotive electrical systems, fuel systems and air conditioning.  Upon successful completion of this program, the student will receive a certification from Hillsborough Community College.  Also, student's will be able to;

  • Perform vehicle inspections
  • Write a repair order and an estimate for a vehicle
  • Identify, diagnose and repair automotive engines
  • Identify, diagnose and repair manual transmissions and drive trains
  • Identify, diagnose and repair fuel systems
  • Identify, diagnose and repair vehicles using onboard diagnostic equipment
  • Identify, diagnose and repair suspension and steering
  • Identify, diagnose and repair automatic transmissions
  • Identify, diagnose and repair brake systems
  • Identify, diagnose and repair electrical systems
  • Be prepared to take the ASE certification exams
  • Work safely in the automotive repair industry

The current Automotive Service Technology Academy has already started. Students are not allowed to join a current Academy, but the next Academy will start January 11, 2016. The Automotive Service Technology program runs for 5 semesters / 17 months, and classes meet Monday through Friday.  The cost of the program covers tuition, lab fees, materials, tools, tool box, books, and an ASE test.  Please see the tuition and fee schedule below for an itemized breakdown of these costs. At the end of the program, all students will sit for one or more of the Automotive Service Excellence certification tests prior to graduation.  The following is an approximation of the start and end times of the next Academy.  

Morning Auto Services Schedule 2015-2016

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Morning  Auto Services Fees 2015-2016

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Evening Auto Services Schedule 2015-2016

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Evening  Auto Services Fees 2015-2016

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HCC Automotive Academy Steps to Admission 

NOTE: Due to the upcoming holiday schedule and school closing dates, to ensure your class seat, you  will need to successful complete all of the following no later than 12/11/15.   Because of the high demand and limited seat availability, please schedule your mandatory meeting with Mark Poling ASAP.

  1. Have a current application on file with HCC.  Apply online at
  2. Have all official transcripts on file with HCC.
  3. When you receive your student number in the mail, complete HCC’s online orientation @ You do not have to attend the registration workshop.           
  4. Email Mark Poling at to notify him of your session preference, your student number, to find out if you  need to take the TABE, and if you have any questions about the program.
  5.  Based on your transcripts, you might have to take the TABE.  The program does not require a High School diploma or a GED, but the student will have to be at the 10th grade level (or have an industrial certification) by graduation. Contact Dove Wimbish who offers this test and tutoring for free at or (813) 253-7792. 
  6. If you have done all of the above, please call Christine Grasso (813) 253-7633 schedule a mandatory meeting with Mark Poling (5610 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa, FL, 33619).
  7. During that meeting with Mark Poling you will need to show him how you will pay for your tuition. 
  8. During this meeting you will also need to bring Mark Poling a $75 check or money order made out to HCC to pay for a drug screen and background check, and in return, you will be given referrals for a background check and a drug screen to selected outside agencies (No felony convictions within the past 5 years from the date of applying to the program). The backgrounds check and drug screen must be done within two days after you leave this meeting. The results are sent to Mark Poling by the outside agencies.
  9. You may ask for a tour of our classrooms and meet our faculty at that time. If our on-site recruiter is not available, please contact him personally to schedule that tour at or (813) 253-7589. You are also welcome to attend one of our open houses held at 6pm on July 9 and August 6.
  10. Once we receive word that you have passed your background check, Mark Poling will register you for class. Please do not try to register yourself for these classes. After registering you, he will email you.
  11. Please note that the first day of class is 1/11/15. If you change your mind about stating the program, you must see Mark Poling by 1/13/15 in order to drop and get a full refund.

We would be delighted to have you visit, tour our classrooms and meet our faculty. Contact Steve Conti at or (813) 253-7000, Option 3, extension 7589 for details.


Course Descriptions

Service Assistor

300 Hours
This course will introduce students to shop safety, standard use of tools and equipment, identifying specific tools and equipment and shop rules and regulations in compliance with the State of Florida. Write repair estimates, customer service and proper workplace communication. Along with being able to perform light vehicle repair and maintenance, perform tire repair and maintenance. A large focus of the course is studying and understanding the Scientific theory and Mathematics behind all major automotive systems such as pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics, and thermodynamics.

Electrical / Electronic Systems Technician

300 Hours
This course covers automotive circuit construction emphasizing meter usage, analog and digital meters and oscilloscopes. This is a practical approach to reading wiring diagrams, service manuals and manufacturers wiring diagrams; repair procedures, including diagnosis of selected vehicle accessory circuits. Starting and charging systems, including starting and charging components, system testing for both no-start and preventive maintenance conditions and charging system construction and on-car testing. Construction, operation, function and testing of ignition systems of current vehicles including electronic ignition, distributor-less ignition and oscilloscope testing will be covered as well.

Brake Systems Technician

150 Hours
This course covers automotive braking systems including rotor and drum machining, caliper and wheel cylinder rebuilding, wheel-bearing service, brake pad and shoe replacement, and diagnosis and service of anti-lock systems.

Suspension and Steering Technician

150 Hours
This course is an introduction to front and rear suspension systems for front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive vehicles. Steering systems, including rack and pinion, are diagnosed and repaired. Wheel alignment angles are measured and adjusted.

Air Conditioning and Heating Technician

150 Hours
This course will address the servicing of automotive air conditioning and heating systems, including refrigerant recovery and recycling, compressor clutch and seal repair, performance testing, and system diagnosis and repair.

Engine Performance Technician

300 Hours
This course covers topics related to engine computer controls, including inspection, testing, and diagnosis of sensors, fuel injectors, emission controls, and fuel delivery by using scan tools, electrical meters, and exhaust gas infrared analyzers. Computerized engine control systems common to Ford and Daimler Chrysler vehicles. Testing of sensors, components, systems, circuits, on-board diagnosing, scan-tool use, and fuel injectors Also, we will be reviewing emissions regulations, engine management systems and sub-systems, and emission control devices used on automobile engines. Includes on-car testing, analysis and diagnosis of vehicle components with an emphasis on using a lab scope, scan tool and exhaust infrared analyzer.

Engine Repair Technician

150 Hours
This course covers the design, operation and troubleshooting procedures of the gasoline engine. This course includes disassembly, identification and inspection of parts, use of service manuals, safety and shop procedures.

Manual Drivetrain and Axle Technician

150 Hours
This course covers inspection, construction, operation, and diagnosis of manual transmission, transaxle, transfer case, and driveline electrical components and controls. This includes fundamental theory, operation, construction, inspection, and diagnosis of switches, sensors, solenoids, motors, and control devices.

Automatic Transmissions and Transaxle Technician

150 Hours
This course covers inspection, construction, operation, and diagnosis of automatic transmissions, transaxle, transfer case, and driveline electrical components and controls. This includes fundamental theory, operation, construction, inspection, and diagnosis of switches, sensors, solenoids, motors, and control devices.

Automotive Service Technology Co-op Work Experience

150 Hours
Participation in occupational area of study work experience under supervision of both college and employer. The Internship/cooperative education learning objectives are developed by program coordinator, with approval of employer, to provide appropriate work-based learning experience.