Automotive Service Technology Academy

1800 clock hours: 16 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

Tuition and fees

AM Class

PM Class

Contact Mark Poling at  mpoling@hccfl.edu for details.


SCHEDULE


Two sessions are currently available.  The day session is held from 7:30am until 1:30pm.  The afternoon session is held from 1:30pm until 7:30pm.  Both sessions take place Monday through Friday.    


Course Description


Introduction to Automotive Service Technology

150 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.


Electrical / Electronic Systems 1

150 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 manufacturersrsquo; repair procedures, including diagnosis of selected vehicle accessory circuits.


Brake Systems

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 Systems

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 Systems

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 1

150 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.


Engine Repair

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.


Electrical / Electronic Systems II

150 Hours
This course covers 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.


Engine Performance II

150 Hours
This course covers 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.


Manual Transmissions and Drive Lines

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 Drive Lines

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.