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Automotive Technology

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Automotive Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree (FP)
Certificate of Proficiency (FP)
Certificate of Specialization (FP)

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in the automotive industry at beginning supervisory and managerial levels. Students are trained in every aspect of the mechanical parts of a car; however, auto body repair training is not offered. The program begins during the fall semester only. Part-time or full-time attendance is possible.

The college automotive shop is one of the most modern in the area, housing the latest equipment for training in the automotive industry. Students spend approximately 40 percent of their time in class and 60 percent in "hands-on" shop work. The shop can handle up to 18 vehicles and is used for actual repairs and on-the-job experience.

An advisory committee of representatives from the automotive industry and labor works closely with the personnel in the automotive program to ensure the curriculum keeps pace with the technology of the industry.


The Automotive Technology curriculum provides a full background in all of the automotive mechanical repair areas. Upon graduation, students may seek employment specializing in one specific area or may find employment that requires general exposure to all of the mechanical repair areas.

Graduates of the program will have the background necessary to become Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified in all eight ASE specialty areas. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence is a non-profit organization that tests and certifies automobile technicians throughout the nation. With these credentials, as well as the Associate in Applied Science degree, graduates can be recognized nationwide as a skilled automotive technician.

The St. Louis Community College Automotive Technology program also has been approved by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), a part of ASE that certifies programs for conforming to recommended national program standards and is master certified in all eight areas.

The eight certification areas covered within the program are:

  • Engine Repair
  • Automotive Transmission/Transaxle 
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brakes 
  • Electrical Systems 
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Engine Performance

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Automotive Technology is a vocational program designed to prepare students for immediate employment. Students wishing to transfer to a four-year college to obtain a bachelor's degree in the automotive field will generally find that Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, and Pittsburgh State University in Pittsburgh, Kan., will accept most of the course credits earned in St. Louis Community College’s program.

Employment Prospects

Employment opportunities for well-trained automotive technicians are increasing. Job vacancies occur at automobile dealerships, independent garages and repair shops, discount stores, tire centers, service centers, etc. Graduates of the AAS program are qualified for positions as mechanics and diagnostic technicians. ASE-certified graduates qualify for many entry-level positions.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for automotive service technicians and mechanics are expected to be very good for persons who complete automotive training programs in high school, vocational and technical schools, or community colleges, as employers report difficulty in finding workers with the right skills.

Persons interested in this program should possess:

  • Ability to work well with people
  • Ability to assume responsibility
  • Ability to work without supervision
  • Strong math and reading background
  • Interest in mechanical operations
  • High level of manual dexterity
  • Excellent eye/hand coordination

For More Information

Students interested in obtaining additional information about the Automotive Technology program should contact the department at 314-644-9614 or the Counseling office at 314-644-9251. You also may email Rick Anthes, department chair.