Automotive Technology

Automotive Systems Technology

The Automotive Systems Technology curriculum prepares individuals for employment as Automotive Service Technicians. It provides an introduction to automotive careers and increases student awareness of the challenges associated with this fast and ever-changing field.

Classroom and lab experiences integrate technical and academic course work. Emphasis is placed on theory, servicing and operation of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, steering/suspension, automatic transmission/trans axles, engine repair, climate control, and manual drive trains.

On completion of this curriculum, students should be prepared to take the ASE exam and be ready for full-time employment in dealerships and repair shops in the automotive service industry.


Career Opportunities in Automotive Systems


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             A.A.S. Degree
             Automotive Service Technician or Mechanic
             (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2015)

              2014 Median Salary in North Carolina: $14/hr
              Automotive Service
              (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2015)



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 click here.
  • 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 NATEF Certified 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, 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 trans axles, steering, suspension and alignment, and automotive electrical and electronic systems.


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
Chairperson, Transportation Technologies
Office: Dogwood 147
Phone: 828-398-7223


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