Automotive Service Technology 

Program Distinctions

  • HIGH-TECH industry equipment
  • TOP RANKED STUDENTS at Skills USA contests
  • Hands-on experiences in on-campus FULL-SERVICE PARTS CENTER
  • Instructors are ASE MASTER-CERTIFIED
  • Program facilities are STATE-OF-THE-ART
  • strong INDUSTRY affiliation

 About the Program

Students in the Automotive Service Technology program are prepared in all phases of auto repair, from basic maintenance to complex diagnostic procedures. Because of the variety of work, technicians must be familiar with electrical and computer-controlled systems, transmissions, and electronic fuel injection.

The Automotive Service Technology program offers students an opportunity to gain expertise with state-of-the-art equipment, including:

  • Computerized diagnostic units
  • Computer alignment centers
  • Scanners
  • Transmission dynamometer
  • Powertrain analysis equipment

The Automotive Service Technology program is certified at the MAST level (Master of Automotive Service Technology) by NATEF, the educational arm of ASE (Automotive Service Excellence.) ASE certification through NATEF evaluation ensures that certified training programs meet or exceed industry-recognized uniform standards of excellence. The instructors are all ASE master-certified and teach in their area of expertise. Using the 8 ASE areas as a guide, the students learn to diagnose and correctly perform repairs of:

  • Engines
  • Automatic Transmissions / Transaxles
  • Manual Drivetrain / Axles
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Electrical / Electronic Systems
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)
  • Engine Performance

With a full-service parts center on campus, students' shop experience will be almost identical to a modern automotive repair shop, using computerized repair orders, online parts ordering, creating estimates for customers and the opportunity for live work on customer vehicles.

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.