Automotive General Service Technician
(NATEF Compliant)

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Instructor Profile: Nathan Dial

“I get to invest in the lives of our students in such a way that it probably changes the path of their family for generations. I’ve had students who never even thought about going to college receive a $50,000 scholarship through our Hot Rodders program. I get to be a part of the hard work they put into their education… I get to see their lives changed forever when they pursue fulfilling careers that happen to pay very well.”

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Nathan Dial recognized as a CareerTech Champion.

The Green Goblin

What did 2021/2022 PTC automotive students do the first part of the first semester? Oh, they just built a car…from the frame up! Extracting the engine and parts one by one from a salvage/donor vehicle and installing the entire system into a new frame, there’s not a critical system or function they did not see and learn about. What a great experience!  And…the final result…AWESOME!!!

NATEF Accreditation

Our Automotive program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and meets the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standard of quality. Students learn automotive brakes, suspension systems, heating and air conditioning systems, automotive electrical systems, engine diagnostics, and the use of advanced diagnostic tools.

Students in this program will cover the skills necessary to become an entry-level technician. Students will learn how to diagnose and complete brake service, perform vehicle steering and suspension alignment, as well as electrical theory and electrical/electronic diagnostics. Students will cover engine performance diagnostics and techniques for repair using a variety of diagnostic equipment. This program includes course work on how to evacuate and recharge air-conditioning systems using the proper refrigerant and basic diagnostics of the heat and A/C system.


Possible Employment Opportunities:

Automotive Technician
Parts Service Technician
Heavy Equipment Mechanic
Shop Management

Cost of Program: Tuition, Fees and Books

Total In-District: $4,339
Total Out of District: $7,227
VA Approved


ASE: Brakes
ASE: Suspension and Steering
ASE: Engine Repair
ASE: Electrical & Electronic Systems
ASE: Engine Performance
ASE: Heating and Air Conditioning
ASE: Automotive Transmission/Transaxle
ASE: Manual Drive Train and Axles
ASE: Maintenance and Light Repair

Potential Salary

For information concerning working conditions, physical requirements, employment and job outlook please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) at:

Salary information can be found at The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Resource Center at:

SOC/O-NET 49-3023.00

Pontotoc Tech Student Services team builds partnerships with Ada area businesses & industry to create opportunities for on the job training and student placement. Call the Pontotoc Technology Center Counselor at 580-310-2264 or visit

PROGRAM TITLE: Automotive General Service Technician