Automotive Service Technology

This is a two-year course for the student who aspires to become an automobile technician. The program is designed to provide an in-depth study of the automobile and its operating systems, including engine repair, engine performance, electricity/electronics, brakes, steering, and suspension. Students also have the opportunity to work in the AYES program established in conjunction with local automobile repair facilities. Students will prepare for the following credentials or certifications: Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Technician Examinations- (series of 9 potential certifications); Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification Assessments- (series of 9 potential certifications); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safety and Pollution Prevention (SP2) Certifications- Mechanical Safety, Mechanical Pollution Prevention; and the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination.Picture of a student working on a brake job
Are you a detailed person who loves to know how things work? You will learn many of the skills the automotive industry is seeking in qualified candidates! You will learn in a state-of-the-art lab on real equipment, and you will even have the opportunity to earn the highly regarded ASE Industry Certifications, the Virginia State Inspection License, and the ASE Refrigerant Handler's Certification!
After the Tech Center:
In addition to going straight to the work force, our graduates have many options after successfully completing their courses! Further your education at a community college, technical school or university:

TCC: AAS in Automotive Technology -To view a video highlighting their programs click here.
ODU: BS in Engineering
Technical Schools: Advanced Technology Institute, Baran Institute, Marine Mechanics Institute, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, NASCAR Technical Institute.

Body Shop Technician
Automotive Paint Technician
Automotive Technician
Diesel Service Technician - For an article discussing the shortage nationwide for Truck Technicians click here.
Service Advisor
Parts Salesperson
Automotive Claims Adjuster and Appraisor
Managerial positions

All students at the Tech Center have the option to obtain an internship towards the end of their experience here. The philosophy is that there is invaluable knowledge and experience to be gained working side-by-side with a professional in an actual environment. Below are some of the great internships our students have had, thanks to Automotive Services Technology!
The following dealerships and service centers have been an integral part of our vast internship program, providing our students with mentorship and experience that is unmatched!

Instructors: James Bruce and Wayne Champigny

Picture of Wayne Champigny Auto Services teacher.