Automotive Technology

Automotive Systems Technology

The Automotive Systems Technology Program at A-B Tech is accredited by the ASE Foundation at the Master Automotive Service Technician level and provides instruction in all eight areas of auto repair. The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree enables graduates to enter the job market as an Automotive Service Technician or Mechanic. The program focuses on the application of technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles. Students in this program study the following core of courses:

  • Engine Repair
  • Automatic Transmissions
  • Manual Transmissions/Drive Trains
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Brake systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Climate Control
  • Engine performance

The objective of this program is to prepare automotive service technicians in the areas of basic diagnosis/repair of automotive systems using appropriate tools, equipment, procedures, and service information. Graduates may pursue careers in areas such as automotive service technicians, small and light engine mechanics, vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, and installation, maintenance, and repair technicians.

We also offer diploma and certificate programs that provide basic installation, maintenance, and repair instruction within a shorter time frame. Additionally, a certificate graduate can continue his/her technical education in the Automotive Systems Technology associate degree program while earning a substantial income and gaining valuable work experience.

Career Opportunities in Automotive Systems


man looking under hood of red automobile .

             A.A.S. Degree
             Automotive Service Technician and Mechanics
             2017 Median Salary in North Carolina: $25.77/hr
             (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2018)

              Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
              2017 Median Salary in North Carolina: $18.18/hr
              (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2018)

              2017 Median Salary in North Carolina: $14.12/hr
                                                                       Automotive Service
                                                                       (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2018)

Additional Career Opportunity information can be found at  A-B Tech On Campus Career Services.pdf


The Automotive Systems Technology program is accredited at the Master Automotive Service Technician level by:  ASE Education Foundation logo

ASE Education Foundation   
1503 Edwards Ferry Rd., NE, SE, Suite 401
Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: (703) 669-6650
ASE Education Foundation

How To Apply

  • Choose your credential:
    • Automotive Systems Technology A.A.S. Degree,
    • Automotive Systems Technology Diploma, or
    • Automotive Systems Technology Certificate I or II
  • Apply to A-B Tech online by visiting Admissions Overview.
  • Apply for the Automotive Systems Technology Program in person at the Bailey Building, Asheville Main Campus.


Automotive Systems Basics

The Automotive Systems Technology Program at A-B Tech is accredited by the ASE Foundation at the Master Automotive Service Technician level and provides instruction in all eight areas of auto repair. Located in the Dogwood Building, the facility is equipped with a full range of sophisticated automotive diagnostic equipment, computers, engine components, an information library, comprehensive tool room, and other specialized repair equipment. Six repair bays equipped with two alignment racks, a chassis dynamometer, and engine machine shop allow students to learn through hands-on use of tools and equipment.

Our comprehensive program includes courses in basic engine fundamentals, engine repair and performance, brakes and traction control systems, air conditioning and heating, automatic and standard transmissions and transaxles, steering, suspension and alignment, and automotive electrical and electronic systems.

Automotive Technology Program Goals

The goals of the A-B Tech Automotive Technology program are to provide the opportunity for students to:

  1. Develop analytical skills that will allow them to succeed in the automotive industry.
  2. Develop an awareness of environmental concerns and safety practices relating to the automotive industry.
  3. Develop professionalism, integrity, and respect when working with members within the community.
  4. Develop the skills necessary to gain employment as an entry level repair technician.
  5. Prepare students for ASE certification tests.

Basic Skill Requirements for Automotive Mechanics

Automotive, diesel and small engine mechanics perform a wide range of services on vehicles that are becoming increasingly complex. As a mechanic, you may find yourself performing tune-ups, flushing fuel systems, testing ignition, and emission systems, installing air conditioning systems, replacing brakes and even building engines and transmissions.

To succeed in the automotive repair industry, you will need to have an excellent understanding of the mechanical components and the electrical and computer control systems that can cause them to malfunction. You will also need excellent diagnostic and problem-solving skills, good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.

Tools of the Trade

Machining and power tools you may encounter in the Automotive Program include (but are not limited to) lathes, grinding machines, welding equipment, pneumatic wrenches, jacks, and hoists. Mechanics also need to be familiar with the diagnostic equipment used to measure factors such as engine timing and emissions. You may also need to use special tools like calipers to measure the condition of brake rotors and drums or bearing pullers to repair flywheels and pumps. Hand tools such as wrenches and screwdrivers to work in tight spaces and on small components will be essential.

For More Information Contact:

David Walker
Department Chair, Transportation Technologies
Master A.S.E Certified Automobile Technician
Master A.S.E. Certified Heavy Truck Technician

Phone: 828-398-7223 





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