Automotive Service Technician (AOS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS)
Academic Department Info: 

This specialization includes 1,800 hours of practical and classroom training in general automotive repair geared to automotive dealership and independent garage practice. Students receive experience on all types of automobiles, including domestic, imported, gasoline, diesel, and alternative fuels. All systems of the automobile are covered in the instruction including the latest gasoline fuel injection, electronic controls, emission controls and automatic transmission overhaul.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate a focused, coherent, organized written report.
  • Perform mathematic calculations required for entry-level automotive employment.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply written instructions and specifications relevant to their work environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand operation and diagnostic procedures of modern vehicle electrical and electronic systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, diagnose and repair automotive drive train systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, diagnose and repair modern engines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, diagnose and repair modern automotive steering, brakes and suspension systems.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Recommended: Algebra

Technical Standards: 

Applicants in the automotive service technician program must meet the following physical requirements.

  • Must be able to follow all safety standards in each shop.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds up to eye level without assistance.
  • Must be able to communicate orally with a person six-10 feet away.
  • Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.
  • Must be able to visually read information retrieved from our informational sources, computers, and manuals.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.

Graduates may take Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams. Students are eligible for New York State inspection certification upon successful completion of their freshman year.

Features & Facilities: 
  • 2000 national winner-automotive program Award of Excellence sponsored by Industry Planning Council
  • Provides opportunity to prepare as a line technician for dealerships and independent repair shops
  • Supports ASE certification, NYS Inspection, and New York State's Automotive Technicians Training Programs
  • Large shop that enables 95% live work
  • Up-to-date equipment
  • Faculty current with changing automotive technology
  • NATEF master certified
Articulation Agreements: 

Two-year BOCES graduates who have an 80 percent class average, have a letter of recommendation from their vocational instructor, and who present a portfolio may be allowed to advance beyond minimum requirements and improve the grade for the college courses, pursue individual interests within a course, or sample course work in a separate automotive program to broaden their experience.

Graduation Requirements: 

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Automatic Transmission Technician
  • Automotive Technician Specialist
  • Automotive Diagnostic Specialist
  • Brake Specialist
  • Drivability Specialist
  • Fuel System Specialist
  • Independent Repair Shop Owner
  • Manufacturer's Service Representative
  • Marine Engine Service Specialist
  • Service Manager
  • Service Salesperson
  • Shop Foreman
  • Wheel Alignment Specialist
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State automotive service technician graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Typical Semester Layout: 

The students receive 1,800 hours of practical experience and classroom training of which 1,400 hours are lab work. There are one-and-one-half hours of lecture with four-and-one-half hours of lab work each day, for five days, 15 weeks a semester. The approximate class size is 20 freshmen and 15 seniors.

First Semestercredits
AUTO1109Brakes, Steering, and Suspension Systems9
AUTO1124Automotive Welding4
AUTO1135Automotive Basic Electronics & Component Overhaul5
Second Semestercredits
AUTO1169Tune up, Electronic Engine Controls & Electrical Diagnosis9
AUTO1149Inspection, Maintenance, Air Conditioning & Cooling and Heating9
Third Semestercredits
AUTO3409Engine Service9
AUTO4449Drive Train Service9
Fourth Semestercredits
AUTO3429Advanced Electronics & Engine Performance9
AUTO4439Shop Management and Enhanced Systems9

Continuing Students: Students successfully completing the general automotive service technician program receive first priority for space if they wish a third year (senior year) in heavy equipment, truck & diesel technician or motorsports technology. They may be admitted to autobody repair with the department chair’s approval.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees393347
Responding to Survey26 (67%)27 (82%)40 (85%)
Employed18 (69%)20 (74%)28 (70%)
Employed in Field18 (100%)18 (90%)25 (93%)
Transferred8 (31%)7 (26%)12 (30%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
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Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$40,000 - $49,999 (2)
Prefer not to disclose (26)