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Automotive Services Technology – Basic Certificate


Automotive Services Technology

Basic Short-Term Certificate

Principles of design and operation provide for an exact appreciation of the functions of automotive units. Coordinated laboratory work develops the ability to execute diagnostic tests and complete the repairs that are indicated.

What You Can Do

The curriculum prepares students for employment as entry level oil change technician, tire service stores, as well as independent or self-employment garages.


  • Self-employment
  • Oil change shops
  • Tire stores
  • Independent garages
  • Part-related businesses.

Earning Potential

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, for Automotive Service Technicians at Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (

Modes of Instruction
Learn more about the modes of instruction offered at John A. Logan College.

Program Details

00AST 0054


AST 100Automotive Orientation and Safety2
AST 101Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair3
AST 183Brakes, Steering and Suspension I3
AST 180Electrical I3


AST 170Engine Repair3
AST 171Engineer Performance I3
AST 190Electrical II 3
AST 191Automotive Service Lab I4

Total Hours for Degree24

Earn your Hybrid/EV Credential

With these two additional courses you can earn a short-term certificate:

AST 201Hybrid Safety (Online)2
AST 202Hybrid/EV (Summer)5

The Automotive Service Technology Basic Certificate Program is a minimum of 24 credit hours. Please use our Tuition and Fees page to calculate your approximate cost.

*Students will be responsible for additional classroom materials and tools.

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Additional Costs for This Program

All students registered for Automotive Services Technology classes will be required to furnish a basic tool set.

The set includes the following:

Drive Sockets (1/4″ sq.)
  • (10) 6-pt Standard (5/32″ through 1/2″)
  • (10) 6-pt. Metric (4, 5, 5.5, 6 through 12 mm)
  • (1) Quick Release Ratchet
  • (1) Extension
Drive Sockets (3/8″ sq.)
  • (9) 6-pt. or 12-pt. Standard (3/8″ through 7/8″)
  • (10) 6-pt. or 12-pt. Metric (10mm through 19mm)
  • (1) Ratchet
  • (1) Extension (3″)
  • (1) Extension (6″)
Drive Sockets (1/2″ sq.)
  • (4) 6-pt. or 12-pt. Standard (15/16″, 1″, 1 1/16″, 1 1/8″)
  • (4) 6-pt. or 12-pt. Metric (21mm, 22mm, 24mm, 27mm)
  • (1) Ratchet
  • (1) Extension (3″)
Wrenches (combination)
  • (7) Standard (3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, 3/4″)
  • (7) Metric (10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm, 17mm, 19mm)
  • (2) Slotted (1 small, 1 large)
  • (2) Phillips (1 small, 1 large)
  • (1) Slip Joint Pliers
  • (1) Diagonal Cutting
Additional Tools
  • (1) Hammer
  • (1) Locking Tool Box

John A Logan College is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. For more information on programs with specialized accreditations please visit Programs with Specialized Accreditations – John A. Logan College (

John A Logan offers a seamless transfer to the next step in your educational journey for many of our programs. Our academic programs prepare you for what you will need to transfer to a four-year college or university. When you have selected the college where you would like to transfer, it is important to review their specific admission and course requirements. John A Logan College has many articulation agreements with various colleges.

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  1. Automotive Systems Knowledge: Students will demonstrate an understanding of various automotive systems, including engines, transmissions, drivetrains, electrical systems, brakes, steering, suspension, and HVAC.
  2. Diagnostic Skills: Students should be proficient in diagnosing and troubleshooting common automotive issues using diagnostic tools, software, and manual testing methods.
  3. Service Manual Interpretation: Students can read and interpret service manuals, technical diagrams, and repair procedures to effectively service and repair vehicles.
  4. Automotive Technology: Students understand the latest advancements in automotive technology.
  5. Safety Practices: Students can follow proper safety protocols and use proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when working in an automotive environment.

Automotive Faculty Contact

Joseph Roach

Joseph Roach

Professor – Auto Collision/Auto Services

Phone: (618) 985-2828 Ext. 8445
Office: VOC7