Florida Automotive Schools with Degree Program Descriptions

There are more than forty schools within Florida that have automotive programs. Read an overview of six of the largest schools' programs, requirements, and tuition info, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

While the majority of automotive schools in Florida offer certificate programs in automotive technology, six schools allow students interested in the field to earn an associate's degree. These schools may also offer certificate programs. Automotive degree programs are hands-on, allowing students to gain work experience, often while enrolled. In some cases, previous work experience may be required. Some portions of the program may also be available online.

Career Requirements

Upon graduation, the standard credential for automotive service technicians is a certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). In order to qualify for certification, individuals must have at least one year of experience and pass an exam. Alternatively, individuals without relevant schooling must have two years of experience. All of the schools profiled in this article have programs that help students prepare for certification.


Broward College

Ft. Lauderdale's Broward College offers Associate in Applied Science (AAS) programs in automotive technology - dealer specific and automotive service management technology. Both programs prepare students to become automotive technicians, with the former program focusing on working for dealerships and the latter program including instruction for those who want to go into management. Common courses include electrical systems, engine performance, heating, and air conditioning theory, brake systems, and automatic transmissions. Students also participate in an internship. The school also offers a technical certificate program in automotive technology.

  • Programs Offered: Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology - Dealer Specific
    Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Service Management Technology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $2,494 (in-state); $8,616 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, primarily associate's, public; midsize city

College of Central Florida

As part of the associate's degree program in automotive service management technology at Ocala's College of Central Florida, students work on automobiles in the Automotive Technology Building. Once they've finished their first semester, students may be able to work part-time and continue employment after graduation. The associate's degree program includes courses in drivability, diagnosis, advanced automotive transmissions, successful employment techniques, and engine performance. Students can also pursue a vocational certificate program for aspiring automotive technicians who have worked or are working in the field.

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Florida State College in Jacksonville has an associate's degree program in automotive service management technology that teaches students to perform light maintenance and parts installation in cars and trucks. Students in the program study manual transmission, electrical systems, air conditioning, heating, automatic transaxles, and other topics. Associate's degree students earn a technical certificate while completing this program, or it can be earned in a separate certificate program. Each of the programs features an internship that offers students on-the-job experience.

Indian River State College

The AAS program in automotive service management technology at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce features coursework in engine overhauling, alternative fuel vehicles, alignment, and automatic brake systems. Other class topics include manual drive train, engine performance, and automotive electric systems. Electives are available in course topics such as diesel engines, auto body, and interpersonal business relations. In addition, students can choose a work experience. The college also offers two career-training programs in automotive service technology.

Santa Fe College

The Automotive Industry Planning Council has granted Gainesville's Santa Fe College national and state awards. The college boasts one of the most cutting-edge autotronics labs in the nation in addition to modern and adequately equipped automotive facilities.

The college awards an AAS in Automotive Technology or an AAS in Automotive Service Management Technology. The latter program prepares students for ASE certification, while the former is for students who are already ASE-certified. Both programs include instruction in drivability diagnosis, electronics, manual and automatic transmissions, and parts and service. While both programs have coursework and work experience requirements, previous courses taken to achieve certification can be applied for credit toward the automotive technology program, as can previous or current work experience. The automotive service management technology program can lead to employment in such settings as fleet services, retail chains, or car dealerships.

Seminole State College of Florida

Seminole State College of Florida in Sanford offers an Associate of Applied Science program that includes coursework in chassis electronics, engine diagnosis and repair, and engine control systems. Distance-learning assignments are part of the program, and computer access is needed. There is also a dealership track partnership that prepares entry-level service technicians for employment with Ford and Lincoln dealers. The college also offers a vocational certificate program in automotive service technology.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Automotive Degree Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)
Broward College 4-year, primarily associate's, public; midsize city Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology - Dealer Specific,
Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Service Management Technology
$2,830 (in-state); $8,952 (out-of-state)*
College of Central Florida 4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city Associate in Science in Automotive Service Management Technology $2,570 (in-state); $10,126 (out-of-state)*
Florida State College at Jacksonville 4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city Associate in Science in Automotive Service Management Technology $2,878 (in-state); $9,992 (out-of-state)*
Indian River State College 4-year, primarily associate's, public; large suburb Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Service Management Technology $2,764 (in-state); $10,201 (out-of-state)*
Santa Fe College 4-year, primarily associate's, public; midsize suburb Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Service Management Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology
$2,563 (in-state); $9,189 (out-of-state)*
Seminole State College of Florida 4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology $3,131 (in-state); $11,456 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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