Automotive Technology


The aim of this program is to provide trainees with a thorough understanding of the methods of servicing and repairing automotive vehicles.  Trainees are taught to use the proper factory-approved methods of servicing, repairing, and maintaining vehicles. Training includes learning to make proper diagnosis using test equipment, hand tools, special equipment, precision measuring tools, and service manuals and specifications.

Training in automotive technology is designed to give students skills and technical knowledge  which will prepare them for entrance into the automotive field.  Units of instruction include training in the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certified program, math, and the eight areas of A.S.E. certification: engines, electrical systems, climate control, engine performance, brakes, chassis, powertrains and transmissions.



Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time, Part Time
Typical Program Length 14 Months
Clock Hours 1,512
Class Type Day, Night
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,916.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $6,091.30

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Brake and Chassis Technician432Certificate
Automotive Technician Apprentice864Certificate
Automotive Service Technician1296Certificate
Automotive Technician1512Diploma

Admission Requirements

Students must be at least 18 years old and not attending public school. However high school students may attend through dual enrollment provided it is approved by their school counselor, the local school administrator and the College of Applied Technology president.

Campus Locations

Main Campus
426 Highway 91 North
Elizabethton, TN 37643
TCAT-Elizabethton Instructional Service Center
2533 N John B Dennis Hwy
Kingsport, TN 37660


First Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Automotive Safety and Orientation
Technology Foundations
Basic Electrical
Suspension and Steering
Engine Repair I
Second Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Engine Repair II
Heating and Air Conditioning
Electric and Electronic Systems I
Third Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Electric and Electronic Systems II
Engine Performance I
Fourth Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Engine Performance II
Manual Drive Train & Axles
Auto Transmission & Transaxles


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


Jacky Livingston
Tim Ward

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