Great Plains Technology Center

Automotive Service Technician

Photo of two Auto Service Tech students working underneath car.

Who can attend?


  High School

You will learn to:

  • Maintain and repair both domestic and foreign alongside an ASE Master Technician in a full-service automotive center
  • Optimize vehicle operation and performance using critical thinking
  • Analyze, diagnose, repair and maintain basic and advanced automotive systems

See Course of Study (PDF)


Lawton - Main Campus


According to the most recent ASE Automotive Service Technician standards, students in this program will cover the skills necessary to become an entry-level technician. Students will concentrate on courses in introduction, brakes, steering & suspension, electrical/electronics, engine performance, heating & air conditioning, engine repair, automatic transmission, and manual drive train and axles. They will learn how to diagnose and complete brake service, perform vehicle steering and suspension alignment, as well as electrical theory, electrical/ electronic diagnostics. Students will cover engine performance diagnostics and techniques for repair using a variety of diagnostic equipment. This program includes automotive heating, air conditioning and the student will learn how to evacuate and recharge air conditioning systems using the proper refrigerant, as well as diagnostics of the heat and A/C system. Students will use advanced diagnostic and repair equipment to troubleshoot complex automotive systems. This program is intended to provide courses closely aligned with ASE hours and tasks. ASE certification is recommended and industry recognized.

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Auto Technician, Automobile Technician, Automotive Service Technician, Automotive Technician, Master Automotive Technician, Master Technician, Mechanic, Shop Foreman, Truck Technician – Approximate Pay Potential: $11-33 per hour. (O*NET source: 49-3023.00 – Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics)

"I love being able to share my experiences with my students, in hopes that I might encourage them to become successful in life as well as their career."
Michael Thomason, Instructor

Scheduling Information

Class Meets: Monday - Friday
AM Session: 8:00 am-11:00am 
PM Session: 11:50am-2:50pm
1000 hours - 9 months to complete

Cost of Attendance Summary 

Secondary (High School) Students

  • Tuition: Free
  • Student Needs Fees: $46.00
  • Misc. Expenses: $59.00

Post-secondary (Adult) Students

  • Tuition: $2,500.00
  • Student Needs Fees: $46.00
  • Misc. Expenses: $59.00

Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships are also available for those who qualify. (See Financial Aid)

Certification Outcomes:

  • Automatic Transmission and Transaxle
  • Automobile Service Technology 
  •  Brakes  
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Engine Repair 
  • Heating and Air Conditioning 
  • Maintenance and Light Repair 
  • Suspension and Steering 

Applying for this Program

Michael Thomason, Automotive Service Instructor

Michael Thomason
Automotive Service Instructor


Great Plains Technology Center
4500 SW Lee Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505 

C. Allen Whitaker, Automotive Service Instructor
C. Allen Whitaker
Automotive Service Instructor
Great Plains Technology Center
4500 SW Lee Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505

Useful Information

Program Begins

August & January