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Program Overview

Automotive Service Management Technology, A.A.S.

The Automotive Technology program consists of a 24 credit Automotive Service Technician certificate, a 44 credit General Automotive Technician certificate, and a 68 credit Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) that are responsible for training individuals to attain an entry-level position in the automotive industry. The certificates cover a broad range of instruction that may be found in the program outline of this master plan. An appropriate amount of time is spent in each area to thoroughly cover needed instructional material as well as to gain hands-on skills.

The program utilizes both theory and practical application of material to help the students gain needed knowledge and skills. Due to the increasing complexity of systems in today’s automobile, it is important to know why a procedure is done as well as how it is done. Understanding how a system functions, therefore, has an important role to play in this program of study.

Each student must successfully complete written test material on theory and related topics as well as successfully demonstrate the practical application of this information in the laboratory environment.

Prerequisites for this program should include a solid background in math and science in general with emphasis on basic math, formulas, percentiles, fraction and decimal conversion, and the use of precision measuring equipment, physics, chemistry, and metallurgy. These areas are taught as part of the program of study, but it would be helpful to have these skills in advance.

Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.


Florida Gateway College (Main Campus, building 056)

Testing Entrance Requirements

Students must take the TABE (if required) and complete all requirements associated with admission to FGC.


Students are expected to attend class from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday. This schedule provides 4.5 hours of instruction each day for a total of 18 hours per four-day week, excluding holidays and school breaks as outlined in the current school calendar. These hours only cover the core required automotive certificate courses. General education courses required for completion of the A.A.S. will be taken outside these listed hours at the student’s convenience. Online, afternoon, or evening classes are all possibilities. Class times are subject change.


Classes and labs: $10,322.04
(This cost includes classes, lab fees, books, personal tools, and uniforms as required.)


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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Starting Salaries in the state of Florida range from $26,000-$64,000. Your anticipated salary depends on your level of certification and ASE Certifications

Employment Opportunities

In the state of Florida, there are currently over 1,300 employment opportunities, according to Indeed, just on the automotive side. This does not include Marine, Diesel, and Heavy Equipment.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and should be academically, physically, and emotionally capable of meeting the demands of the chosen program. More information about these requirements is presented in the following section. Applicants make an initial application through the Admissions Office. A minimum skills evaluation is part of the admission process. It is highly recommended that students meet with the program faculty prior to entering the program.

For the Automotive Technology certificate programs, the admission requirements include:

  • Complete the FGC online application
  • Take the TABE if required (see below)
  • Meet with an advisor
  • Meet with the program faculty prior to enrollment
Program Notes

Florida Gateway College’s Automotive Technology program requires its students to participate in real-world activities as part of the learning process. The below lists cover the physical and mental and emotional requirements to succeed in this program.

Physical Requirements

As a part of this program, students must have the ability to:

  1. Maintain a high degree of manual dexterity
  2. Stoop
  3. Kneel
  4. Lift at least 50 pounds and walk with it
  5. Use voice, hearing, and sight effectively to perform jobs in the automotive field
  6. Crouch or bend
  7. Use fingers to perform precise movements
  8. Crawl
  9. Differentiate colors
  10. Handle and finger supplies
  11. Use depth perception
  12. Work in an atmosphere of loud noise
  13. Work in an atmosphere of changes in temperature
  14. Perform repetitive tasks
  15. Measure accurately
  16. Work without close, direct supervision
  17. Work on multiple tasks and priorities
  18. Perform and complete complex tasks

Mental and Emotional Requirements

As a part of this program, students must have the ability to:

  1. Handle confrontation and frustration and assist in problem resolution
  2. Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagrammatic form
  3. Work with others
  4. Cope with high levels of stress
  5. Perform mathematical computations at a level of tenth grade or higher
  6. Make fast decisions under pressure
  7. Cope with anger, fear, and hostility of others in a calm manner
  8. Demonstrate a high degree of patience
  9. Read and understand computer and related equipment
  10. Work in close or crowded areas
Program Guide & Syllabi

The Automotive Service Management Technology A.A.S. is offered to prepare students for immediate employment in the automotive service industry.

This 68 credit degree includes an embedded 44 credit Automotive Service Technology certificate and an embedded 24 credit Automotive Service Technology Basic certificate, which can be completed in one year. This degree will combine the latest automotive technology education, relevant industry cooperation, and strong academic course work to prepare graduates for successful careers in the automotive service industry.

The following is a suggested sequence for the courses:

First Semester: 12 Credit Hours

  • AER 1082 Introduction to Vehicle Systems & Services – 3 credits 75 Contact Hours
  • AER 1602 Electrical/Electronic Systems I – 4 credits 90 Contact Hours
  • AER 1073 Parts & Service – 2 credits 45 Contact Hours
  • SLS 1501 The College Experience – 3 credits

Second Semester: 11 Credit Hours

  • AER 1596C Brake Systems, ABS, & Traction Control Systems – 4 credits 90 Contact Hours
  • AER 1197 Engine Diagnosis & Repair – 4 credits 90 Contact Hours
  • ENC 1101 Freshmen Composition 1 – 3 Credits

Summer Semester: 7 Credit Hours

  • AER 1496 Steering and Suspension Systems – 3 credits 75 Contact Hours
  • AER 2694 Electrical/Electronic Systems II – 4credits 90 Contact Hours

Third Semester: 13 Credit Hours

  • AER 1758 HVAC Systems – 4 credits 90 Contact Hours
  • AER 1695 Chassis Electronics – 3 credits 75 Contact Hours
  • AER 2398 Manual Transmission/Drive Trains – 3 credits 75 Contact Hours
  • SPC 2608 Public Speaking – 3 credits

Fourth Semester: 13 Credit Hours

  • AER 2298 Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles – 3 credits 75 Contact Hours
  • AER 2870 Alternative Fuel and Propulsion – 3 credits 75 Contact Hours
  • AER 2840 Engine Control Systems/Diagnostics II – 4credits 90 Contact Hours
  • PHI 1100 Introduction to Logic – 3 credits

Summer Semester: 6 Credit Hours

  • AER 1947 Automotive Co-Op 1 – 3 credits 75 Contact Hours
  • PHY 1020 Essentials of Physics – 3 credits

Fifth Semester: 6 Credit Hours

  • AER 1948 Automotive Co-Op 2 – 3 credits
  • Any General Education Social Science Course – 3 credits

Automotive Service Management Technology A.A.S., Total 68 Credit

Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate proper safety practices and procedures.
  • Diagnose and repair engines and engine control systems.
  • Diagnose and repair vehicle electrical systems.
  • Diagnose and repair transmissions.
  • Diagnose and repair the steering, suspension, and brake systems.
  • Diagnose and repair automotive HVAC systems.
  • Perform preventative maintenance.