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Auto Service Technology

Auto Service Technology


The Automotive Service Technology program will get you on the right path toward becoming an ASE Certified Master Technician. Your time will be spent acquiring knowledge and experience in engine repair, automotive transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and service, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance. Your time will be divided between the classroom and the shop. In the shop, you will gain hands-on experience in repairing all mechanical aspects of a vehicle from bumper to bumper. The classroom is equipped with training software that will allow you an “inside view” of the workings of a vehicle.

 Career Opportunities    Annual Salary

Students completing the Auto Service Technology program may seek employment as an Automotive Master Mechanic, or other specialty mechanic. As an Automotive Master Mechanic, you will spend your days repairing automobiles in a highly technical service shop, and will be expected to understand, repair, and maintain all serviceable parts on today's most technically advanced automobiles.  

Typical day-to-day tasks might include:

  • Test drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
  • Follow checklists to ensure all important parts are examined, including belts, hoses, steering systems, spark plugs, brake and fuel systems, wheel bearings, and other potentially troublesome areas.
  • Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements.

Arkansas Median Salary: $34,240

National Median Salary: $39,550

10 Year Projected Employment Demand: 5% Increase

*Bureau of Labor Statistics accessed through 


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Program Credential Credits to Credential Program Documents Program Cost
Technical Certificate in Auto Service Technician 35 TC AST Program of Study $4,019.00*

* Approximate cost of program for in-county residents.

Interested in Learning More? Contact one of our Admission Staff at the Hodges Student Services Complex, at (870)-633-4480 Ext. 300.  Campus.png




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