Automotive Service Technology

Associate Degree  |  Ozark Campus  |  In-Person

 

The Automotive Service Technology program allows students to gain in-depth knowledge and hands-on training in automotive repair.  Our program currently holds certification from and adheres to National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) curriculum standards.  Students can sit for ASE certifications in eight different areas.

This program features instruction in with an emphasis on automotive diagnosis, inspection, adjustments and service. In addition, students are taught to test, diagnose, service and replace electronic controls, fuel injection components and accessories, air conditioning units, lighting circuits, and safety and warning devices.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

  • Internships
  • Students work on vehicles accepted for repair in the shop/lab.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Diagnose and repair automotive brake system
  • Diagnose and repair automotive chassis and steering
  • Diagnose mechanical gasoline engine problems
  • Essential skills (customer excellence)
  • Operate automotive diagnostic equipment
  • Operate electronic automotive service manuals
  • Proper use of automotive tools
  • Recognize automotive electronic components
  • Repair automotive electrical systems
  • Repair automotive gasoline engines
  • Repair/diagnose automotive driveability complaints
  • Safety compliance

 

 

About This Degree

TUITION

In-State: $129 per credit hour

Out-of-State: $258 per credit hour

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

The AR Futures grant could cover your expenses for this credential. Check credential eligibility

CAREER OPTIONS

You could work as a(n):

  • Dealership technician
  • Heavy equipment technician
  • Parts store specialist
  • Performance shop technician

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Air National Guard
  • ARDOT
  • City of Fort Smith
  • Cogswell Ford
  • Hug Chevrolet

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies

Point of Pride

Our program is ranked in the top 10 in the nation among automotive technical schools.

 

IT'S TIME TO STEP UP

Find out how we will empower you to meet every challenge head-on.

 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

 

 

Sewell

Bobby Sewell
Program Chair

Shop Complex
Technology and Academic Support Building
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-3311
bsewell@atu.edu

Gary Donberger

Gary Donberger
Instructor

Shop Complex
Technology and Academic Support Building
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR  72949

(479) 508-3311
gdonberger@atu.edu

 NATEF Accreditation

The Automotive Service Technology program allows students to gain in-depth knowledge and hands-on training in automotive repair.  Our program adheres to National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) curriculum standards, preparing students for entry-level employment in the automotive repair industry. 

 

CERTIFICATIONS 

The Automotive Service Technology program currently holds certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and offers courses in all eight certification areas.  Students can take examinations and earn ASE Student Certification in each of these areas.

This program features instruction in with an emphasis on automotive diagnosis, inspection, adjustments and service. In addition, students are taught to test, diagnose, service and replace electronic controls, fuel injection components and accessories, air conditioning units, lighting circuits, and safety and warning devices.

WHY BE A SKILLED TECHNICIAN? 

The importance of competent automobile repair in today's mobile society cannot be overstated. Because vehicles have skyrocketed in cost and are kept in service longer, there is a shortage of trained, knowledgeable technicians.

Skilled technicians are needed to perform preventive maintenance, repairs and adjustments. Challenges in this field include servicing electrical systems, brakes, wheel alignments, fuel injection systems, transmissions and driveline repairs, among many others.

Employment opportunities exist in every community and in all parts of the country. Advancement in the field ranges from service technician to manager to shop owner. The opportunities are limitless.

Each student is required to furnish their own tools as approved by the instructor.