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Automotive Service Technology

Welcome to the Automotive Service Technology program!

Southwest offers two associate degree programs for students interested in pursuing a career in automotive service technology. However, they differ in substantial ways which are outlined below.

Programs of Study

Automotive Service Technology-Comprehensive, Associate of Applied Science

The Automotive Service Technology (comprehensive) program is a two-year program leading to careers in the automotive service industry. The program is designed to provide the technical competency required of entry-level technicians employed by dealerships and other automotive service establishments. A background of, English, mathematics, and social science is combined with extensive classroom and laboratory work on automotive systems. The curriculum has been designed in conjunction with the automotive service industry and it is desired that the student co-op with a participating automotive service business in order to achieve practical application.

Students in the comprehensive program may begin classes at any time, but are encouraged to take classes in order as presented in the catalog. Electrical and Engines classes must be taken in order.

Registration Information

The Comprehensive Automotive program classes will have section "101" after the course number.

Comprehensive students may enroll as any other student would.

Specific Course Information

To find out more about courses offered at Southwest, you can use our Interactive Course Schedule (opens new window) to see when and where a class is being offered.

  • Electrical I and Electrical II must be taken in order.
  • Engines I, II, III, and IV must be taken in order.
  • All classes require all Support Math to be completed.
  • All classes require Electrical I as prerequisite with the exception of Engines I. Brakes may have Electrical I as coorequisite.
  • Summer Comprehensive classes traditionally have not made during the summer. It is recommended that automotive students take the required academic classes during the summer.