Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the Automotive Service Technology program take?

The Automotive Service Technology program takes 12 months.

Fall Semester:

Introduction to the Automotive Service Industry (2 credits)

Automotive Electrical Systems (4 credits)

Automotive Engine Systems (4 credits)

Automotive Steering Systems (2 credits)

Spring Semester:

Automotive Braking Systems (3 credits)

Automotive Suspension Systems (3 credits)

Basic Engine Performance (2 credits)

Automotive HVAC Systems (2 credits)

Advanced Engine Performance (2 credits)

Summer Term:

Automotive Business Practices (1 credit)

Automotive Powertrain Systems (4 credits)

Introduction to Hybrid/Alternative Fuel Systems (1 credit) 

When I have completed the Automotive Service Technology program what kind of career will I be able to pursue?

Some of the career opportunities available in the automotive field include:

- Lube tech/quick service technician

- Wheel and tire service technician

- General service technician

- Master automotive technician

- Shop foreman

- Parts counter person

- Parts manager

- Service advisor

- Service Manager


How much does the Automotive Service Technology program cost?

The Basic Automotive Certificate program is approximately $2,885.00 in tuition, fees, and textbook.

The Advanced Automotive Certificate program (which includes the Basic Certification) is approximately $4,515.00 in tuition, fees, and textbook.

Students are also responsible for living expenses. The college works closely with each student to secure financial aid and to provide assistance in locating competitive financing. Financial Aid advisors are available on all campuses or can be contacted at 928.758.3926.

Where will the Automotive Service Technology program be offered?

All of the course requirements for completion of the Automotive Services Technology Basic or Advanced Certificate will be offered at the Bullhead City campus state-of-the art auto lab and classrooms.  There will be limited courses offered in Kingman, AZ.

How many students are accepted into the program?

Twelve students will be accepted each Fall semester.

What can I expect to earn in the automotive service industry?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average annual salary in Arizona for the automotive service industry is $27,740 to $50,980. 

What kind of career can an Automotive Technician expect?

The automotive industry has undergone significant changes in recent years. Computers now control almost all automotive systems, and the aspiring technician is taught to effectively identify, test and repair these high-tech systems. The influx of technology is what makes an automotive career today more interesting, challenging, profitable, and rewarding than ever. 

What skills, traits, or preparatory classes would be helpful for the Automotive Technology program?

- Positive Attitude

- Good reading, writing, & math skills

- Ability to work accurately

- Ability to evaluate and make decisions

- Ability to work with others

- Mechanical aptitude

- Manual dexterity

- Basic computer skills