Ford Maintenance & Light Repair FMLR.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 14 Credit Hours

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Automotive Technology
Effective as of Fall 2012

What is the program about?

This short-term technical certificate prepares service technicians to work in Ford dealerships. Students will be trained to service Ford vehicles in the areas of brakes, steering/suspension, air conditioning and electrical/electronic systems. Apprenticeships at Ford dealerships are not required to participate in this program, but job opportunities are available for those that would like to work full or part time. Graduates receive Ford Service Technician Specialty Training credentials from Ford Motor Corporation. Students desiring to continue their education can do so, without loss of credits, by completing the requirements for the associate degree in the comprehensive automotive technology program. The Sinclair Automotive Technology program is master certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF was founded as an independent, non-profit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry. Since 1982, the NATEF process has resulted in certified automotive training programs in all 50 states at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

Program Outcomes

  • Perform oil change service, tire rotation, vehicle inspections, water leak and wind-noise diagnosis and other general vehicle maintenance service.
  • Diagnose automotive electrical and accessory system problems. Utilize DVOM meters and other electrical testing equipment to troubleshoot batteries, charging and lighting systems.
  • Diagnose and repair heating and air conditioning systems for proper operation. Included is manual and automatic climate control system diagnosis and repair
  • Diagnose/repair brake, antilock and power booster systems. Diagnose/repair suspension and steering components. Perform vehicle alignment.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are available in positions for automotive service technicians in Ford dealerships, independent shops and automotive machine shops. In addition, graduates are also employed as service managers, shop foremen, parts managers, sales representatives or automotive instructors. Graduates with practical experience, education, willingness to work and a high degree of professionalism may expect to find jobs in middle management or research occupations within major automotive corporations.


The FMLR program prepares students to take the National ASE certification tests in the areas of Brakes, Steering & Suspension, Electrical, Undercar Specialist and HVAC systems. These tests are required for an automotive technician to receive ASE certification.


Course Title Credits
AUT 1102 Introduction to Automotive Service 2
AUT 1114 Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems I 3
AUT 1116 Automotive Steering & Suspension Systems 3
AUT 1146 Automotive Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning Systems 3
AUT 1165 Automotive Brake Systems 3
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