Automotive Service Technology Academy

Program Length:  5 semesters (17 months), 1950 clock hours 

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

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Automotive Service Technology Overview

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 certificate from Hillsborough Community College and be able to do the following:

  • Proficiently explain and apply required shop and personal safety tasks relating to the automotive industry.
  • Explain and apply required tasks associated with the proper use and handling of tools and equipment relating to the automotive industry.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in preparing vehicle for routine pre/post maintenance and customer services. 
  • Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of engines, cylinder heads, valve train, engine block, lubrication and cooling systems.
  • Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service, repair and overhaul of automatic transmissions/transaxles.
  • Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of manual drivetrains, clutches, transmissions/transaxles, drive and half-shaft universals, constant velocity joints, rear axle differential assembly, limited slip, four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
  • Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of front and rear suspensions systems, wheel alignment, and wheels and tires.
  • Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of drum\disc brake, hydraulics, power assist units, electronic brakes, traction control, stability control systems and miscellaneous (wheel bearings, parking brake, electrical, etc.) systems.
  • Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of electrical/electronic system components, battery, starting, charging, lighting, gauges, warning devices, driver information, horn, wiper/washer and accessory systems.
  • Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, compressors, compressor clutches, evaporators, receiver driers, accumulators, condensers, heating and engine cooling, related control systems, refrigerant recovery, and recycling and handling.
  • Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of engines, ignition, fuel, air induction, exhaust, computer engine and emission control systems.

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, 2017. 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 Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification test. All students will sit for one or more of these ASE certification tests prior to graduation. Graduation is not contingent upon passing these tests. The following are the class, tuition and fee schedules of the current 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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The cost of the program includes tuition, lab fees, materials, tools, tool box, books, and an ASE test.  Tuition is due at the start of each semester.  Financial Aid is available to those who qualify: http://www.hccfl.edu/media/88300/2013-14%20fa%20checklist%20packet.pdf.   Career Source Tampa Bay may have additional grant funding for those who qualify https://www.careersourcetampabay.com/. 

Steps to Admission 

1)   Have a current application on file with HCC.  Apply online at www.hccfl.edu

2)   Have all official transcripts on file with HCC.

3)   After you receive your student number in the mail complete HCC’s online orientation @ http://orientation.hccfl.edu/           

4)   Schedule your mandatory meeting with Mark Poling @ mpoling@hccfl.edu or 813-253-7000 ex 5422. Please include your program and session preference, your student number, times you would like to meet during business hours, or if you have any questions about the program. During the meeting with Mark Poling you will need to explain to him how you plan to pay for your tuition so that he may assist you with financial aid.  Make sure to apply for Financial Aid as soon as possible! You will need to bring Mark Poling a $75 check or money order made payable to HCC for a drug screen and background check.  No felony convictions within the past 5 years from the date of applying to the program.

Steps to Admission 

1)    Have a current application on file with HCC.  Apply online at www.hccfl.edu

2)    Have all official transcripts on file with HCC.

3)    After you receive your student number in the mail, complete HCC’s online orientation @ http://orientation.hccfl.edu/.        

4)   Schedule your mandatory meeting with Mark Poling @ mpoling@hccfl.edu or 813-253-7000 ex 5422. Please include your program and session preference, your student number, times you would like to meet during business hours, or if you have any questions about the program. During the meeting with Mark Poling you will need to explain to him how you plan to pay for your tuition. You will need to bring Mark Poling a $75 check or money order made payable to HCC for a drug screen and background check.  No felony convictions within the past 5 years from the date of applying to the program.

5)   Make sure to apply for Financial Aid as soon as possible! To do this, submit a free application for student aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

*     Make sure to have all of your most recent tax documents if you have filed as an independent (single) person.

*     If you did not file and are a dependent, your parent might have to submit a FAFSA using their most recent tax documents.

*     Follow the step by step process on the FAFSA website to complete the application.

*     It will take two weeks for HCC to receive your financial aid paperwork. Once you receive an award letter from financial aid, please contact Ms. Jeanne Schurman, Financial Aid Manager, at 813-253-7000 ext. 4594, to make an appointment. The YBOR Training Center is located at  5610 E. Columbus Dr., Tampa, Fl, 33619.

 6)   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 9th grade level by graduation (or have an industrial certification by graduation).   Call Dove Wimbish @ 813-253-7792 to schedule this free test.

An Open House is currently not scheduled.  When one is scheduled, students who have competed the above steps will be invited.  The Open House is mandatory.  It is an opportunity to tour the campus, see the classrooms, and talk to the faculty about the program. We also welcome individual visitors. Contact Steve Conti at sconti@hccfl.edu or (813) 253-7000, Option 8, 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
This internship requires participation in an occupational work experience under supervision of both HCC and an employer. The Internship/cooperative education learning objectives are developed by the program coordinator, with the approval of the employer to provide appropriate work-based learning experience.


For more information on the Florida Depart of Education 2015-16 Curriculum Frameworks, click here Automotive Service Technology (1470608).