Automotive Technology


The mission of the Automotive Service Technology Program is to provide training in the methods of servicing and repairing automotive vehicles in order to meet the occupational and technical needs of citizens of the College’s service area who have an interest in this type of employment. Technical instruction and skill development are emphasized in order for the student to become knowledgeable in the facts of the automotive field. The automotive shop is organized to duplicate working conditions found within the field today. Students are taught to use the proper factory approved methods of servicing, repairing, and maintaining vehicles. Training also includes learning to make the proper diagnosis using test equipment, precision measuring tools (such as micrometers, calipers, etc…), service manuals and specifications. Students also learn the use of work orders, flat rate manuals, time clocks, and customer relations.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 20 Months
Clock Hours 2,160
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $6,680.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,005.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Brake and Chassis Technician432Certificate
Automotive Technician Assistant864Certificate
Automotive Service Technician1728Certificate
Automotive Technician2160Diploma

Campus Locations

TCAT Hohenwald Main Campus
813 West Main St.
Hohenwald, TN 38462
Columbia Central High School Instructional Service Center
921 Lion Parkway
Columbia, TN 38401

Job Duties

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 17,690

Current job openings per year: 1,680


First Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Suspension and Steering
Second Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Engine Repair
Heating and Air Conditioning
Third Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Electric & Electronic Systems
Fourth Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Engine Performance
Fifth Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Manual Drive Trains & Axels
Auto Transmission & Transaxles


National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) – Multimeter 525-596 certifications

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