Automotive Service

Our Automotive Service program prepares students to work in the automotive repair industry. Students are educated both in theory and hands-on applications covering all eight Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) topics. Our program is designed to develop job-ready, entry-level technicians who are prepared to enter the repair field. Emily Griffith Technical College follows ASE guidelines for each subject.

Our program takes a hands-on approach to education. Students have the opportunity to work on school vehicles, taking them apart and putting them back together as they would in a repair facility. Teams are limited to approximately 3 or 4 students to ensure everyone gets to participate. 

After completing the program, students have the opportunity to earn 8 individual certificates—one for each ASE subject:

  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Brakes
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Engine Repair
  • Automatic Transmissions
  • Manual Transmissions and Axles
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Engine Performance

Students also have the opportunity to earn an Automotive Technology Certificate which verifies that they have completed and passed all eight of the ASE Topics.

Tuition for Automotive Service is $9,879          Starting salary for Automotive Service is $27,501 per year          The Automotive Service Program takes 10 months to complete


Other benefits for attending Emily Griffith Technical College, in addition to the opportunities for employment in this industry, are our substantial support in job placement along with our strong ties with industry partners such as NAPA.

If you already have some auto repair experience but are not yet an ASE certified mechanic, check out the Automotive Service Competency Assessment developed in partnership with CSU-Global. By completing the assessment program through CSU-Global, you can enter our Automotive Service program as an advanced standing student. 

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2019–2020 Program Dates

Please note that end dates are approximate.


Start Date End Date Days Time Status


5/28/2020 M-Th 7:30am–4:00pm Closed


10/1/2020 M-Th 7:30am–4:00pm  



Start Date End Date Days Time Status


5/1/2021 M-Th 12:00pm–4:00pm Closed
2/10/2020 10/1/2021 M-Th 12:00pm-4:00pm  



Start Date End Date Days Time Status


5/1/2021 M-Th 5:00pm–9:00pm Closed
4/6/2020 10/1/2021 M-Th 5:00pm-9:00pm  


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Earning Potential

Occupation Projected Job Growth 2014-2024 10% Wage 25% Wage Median Wage 90% Wage
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 19% 9.46/hr ($19,680/yr)

12.67/hr ($26,360/yr)

19.25/hr ($40,040/yr)

32.23/hr ($67,030/yr)

Wage information is based on the O*NET Online Occupational Database and Career One Stop for the Denver Metro Area. Entry-level employees can expect wages between the 10% and 25% rates in the first 1-3 years in a job. The 90% Wage is typical of someone who has been working in the occupation for 7 years or more. 

*Salary is not guaranteed and should be used as a guideline only. 

To what types of jobs do these skills apply?

  • Equipment maintenance technician 
  • Heavy equipment technician 
  • Parts specialist 
  • Service advisor
  • Service technician 
  • Small engine repair 
  • Warranty administrator


What types of companies might hire me?

  • Auto repair parts stores
  • Auto repair shops
  • Car dealerships
  • Car leasing companies such as Fleet
  • Auto manufacturers (research and development, testing etc)

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