The Santa Fe College A.A.S. degree in Automotive Service Management Technology is a two-year program designed to upgrade the technical competence and the professional level of the incoming technician. The curriculum is designed by the college in cooperation with local dealership personnel and independent repair facility owners.
The program involves not only classroom lectures and laboratory experiences on modern vehicles and components at the college, but also requires the student to work at a local dealership or independent repair facility. The program is unique in design and is divided between specific periods of on-campus study and training followed by an equal amount of work experience at the sponsoring agency. For example, the first semester involves eight weeks of classroom and lab time on campus followed by eight weeks of work experience time. Then the student returns to Santa Fe for eight weeks of study in another specialized area followed by eight weeks of related work experience. This rotation continues until the two-year program is completed. The cooperative work experience is a paid experience and the work time can be credited toward the ASE certification work experience requirement.
The automotive industry has become an exciting and challenging field with the advent of advanced electronic control systems. This program is designed to raise the skill level of the potential automotive technician to beyond that of general automotive training programs. Although the program requires much effort and dedication on the part of the student, the rewards awaiting the program completer are well worth the time and effort.
Santa Fe College’s Automotive Program is “Master Certified” by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) to meet the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards of quality. The program has received state and national awards from the Automotive Industry Planning Council (AIPC), composed of members of the National Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), representatives of the automobile manufacturing industry (AAM) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
Scholarships will be awarded annually to provide financial assistance to eligible graduating seniors from Alachua and Bradford counties who attend Santa Fe College.