Automotive Technology

Get your career on the road!

Like all technology, automotive systems are getting more and more sophisticated. Today, technicians need to know computer tools as well as hand tools. To get the best jobs, you must learn how to use the newest equipment. Get on the entrance ramp to this great career at Southeast!

What can I do?

Demand for technicians will grow as the number of vehicles on the road grows! This means more and more employment opportunities. Persons trained in automotive repair can expect to find employment in new car dealerships, coal operations, as well as government and independent fleets. Many Southeast graduates start their own small businesses or work for other independent operators.

Many experienced technicians employed by automobile dealers and independent repair shops receive a commission related to the labor cost charged to the customer. Although weekly earnings depend on the amount of work completed, most employers guarantee certified technicians a minimum weekly salary.

ASE for college credit

A student who has passed and received certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) may earn up to a maximum of 54 credit hours equivalent to the course(s) within the program of study as specified by the Automotive Technology Curriculum. Credit will be granted ONLY upon receipt of an official proof of certification credential stating the date issued. A copy of the credential must be filed as part of the student's permanent record. The credential must be accepted within four years of the issue date on the credential. Students must met residency requirements for credentials.


What are my options?Students working on engine


  • General Occupational and Technical Studies



  • Automotive Transmissions/Transaxel Technician Certificate


  • Automotive Air Conditioning Certificate


  • Automotive Transmission Mechanic


  • Automotive Electrician Certificate


  • Brake Repairer Certificate


  • Engine Repairer Certificate


  • End Mechanic Certificate


  • Manual Transmission/Drive Train Technician Certificate


How do I start?

Provide Southeast with your ACT scores
Complete an Application for Admission
Send high school/GED transcripts to Southeast
Meet with Automotive Technology faculty

Contact Information

Ronnie Daniels
Office: Harlan Campus, Mining Building, Room 111
Phone: 606-589-3247 or 606-273-7722
Email: Ronnie Daniels

Automotive Technology program brochure