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College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Automotive Service Technology PSAV

Automotive Service Technology  (5458A)

Type of Award
PSAV - Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate

Program Website

Program Description
This program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of occupations and careers found in the automotive service and repair industry. A combination of technical theory and practical hands-on instruction will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for entry level employment in this high wage field.

Coursework for the Automotive Service Technology program prepares students for the Automotive Technician ASE (National Automotive Service Excellence ) certification exams in Engine Repair (A1), Brakes (A5), Steering and Suspension (A4) Electricity and Electronics (A6), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle (A2), Manual Drive Train and Axles (A3), Heating and Air Conditioning (A7), and Engine Performance (A8). For more information please refer to

Program coursework content also covers:

• Shop organization
• Environmental and safety practices
• Proper use of tools and equipment
• Applied math and science
• Employability skills
• Maintenance operations and shop facilities
• Entrepreneurship
• Proper and safe use of tools and diagnostic equipment.

The Automotive Service Technology program is accredited as a Master Training Program by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) meeting national training standards in Automotive Service Excellence areas of certification:

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements

1. No high school diploma or GED required.
2. Complete an Application for admission, located at
3. Take the TABE exam if not exempt from TABE testing. To determine if you are exempt, please go to
4. Send request for official high school transcripts, GED, or validated foreign equivalent to the Admissions Office.
5. Attend a program informational session or meet with the program advisor.


Completion Requirements
1. Successfully complete all of the courses in the program.
2. All financial responsibilities must be satisfied.

Program Length
1800 hours or approximately a 1 1/2 years

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information
Program Director:
Eligio Marquez Jr.,, (561) 868-3542

To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
Required Courses Clock Hours: 1800
  Group A Automotive Services Assistor  
AER0014 Introduction to Automotive Service 300
  Group B Engine Repair Technician  
AER0199 Automotive Engine Repair 150
  Group C Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Technician  
AER0299 Automotive Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles 150
  Group D Manual Drivetrain and Axle Technician  
AER0399 Automotive Manual Transmissions and Transaxles 150
  Group E Automotive Suspension and Steering Technician  
AER0499 Automotive Steering and Suspension 150
  Group F Automotive Brake System Technician  
AER0599 Automotive Brake Systems 150
  Group G Automotive Electrical and Electronic System Technician  
AER0691 Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems 1 150
AER0692 Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems 2 150
  Group H Automotive Heating and Air-Conditioning Technical  
AER0759 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning 150
  Group I Automotive Engine Performance Technician  
AER0891 Automotive Engine Performance 1 150
AER0892 Automotive Engine Performance 2 150
Total Program Clock Hours: 1800

For individualized course sequence

Employment Opportunities
Upon completion of this program, students, may seek employment as entry-level automotive technicians in dealerships, independent repair shops, or fleet maintenance facilities. Students may choose to enter jobs as technicians, service advisors, parts specialists, or entrepreneurs.

Gainful Employment
For more information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other related information,

Career Center
For more information about employment opportunities including job outlook and salary information visit:
Occupational Outlook Handbook:
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