Automotive: Brakes (A5)

A5- ASE identifies Brakes as an individual service area for certification. This may be taken as a standalone program or as part of the full Automotive Technology program, and it covers the brakes certification area.

This program covers the following:

  • Hands on and theory training in diagnosis, service and repair of the automotive and light truck braking systems
  • Shop safety, electrical fundamentals, electro-hydraulic components (such as the brake lines and master cylinder) that transfers power from the brake pedals to either disc or drum brakes
  • Mechanical foundation brake systems and components (such as discs and pads or drums and shoes) that create the friction required to stop the vehicle
  • Related electronic systems and its components that notify the driver of a failure in the brake system
  • Anti-lock brake (ABS) systems, stability control systems, and electrical system components and how they work to prevent tire skidding
  • Manufacturer web-based training, ASE practice testing, and a final exam

The ASE A5 certification exam will be taken at an independent testing facility at the conclusion of the program.

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Matthew Zufelt

Lead Instructor

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David Simmons


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Greg Mecham


  • Automotive Brakes
  • Program Hours: 135 hours
  • Campus Location: Lehi and Spanish Fork.

Certificates and Licensures

  1. MTECH Brakes Program Certificate
  2. ASE A5 Brakes Program Certificate

Program Snapshot

 Registration Eligibility: Adults and high school students who are age 16 and older and at least a junior in high school.

Registration Availability: Registration for Fall 2021 opens April 20, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. online on the MTECH Student Portal and remains open until classes are full. It is recommended to create your MTECH Student Portal account in advance.

 Program Length: 135 Hours. This works out to be approximately 45 calendar days not including weekends and holidays.

 Times: Mornings, Afternoons and Evenings. See schedule details below.

 Locations: MTECH Trades and Tech & Spanish Fork Campus.

 Financial Aid Eligible: This program is not eligible for Financial Aid and Veterans Assistance.


  Prerequisites: Students are required to take the MTECH Entrance Assessment and score a passing rate of: Math: 2: English: B or provide alternative documentation to prove competency. The Entrance Assessment is free and takes about an hour to complete. To learn more visit  

  High School Students: Students should coordinate with home high school counselors prior to registration. After completing the Career Ready Assessment and the Maintainence & Light Repair pre-requisite course, high school students may take any classes available that fit their schedule. Some programs are not a semester long, and students will need to take 2 individual programs to fill a semester.

  New Student Orientation: Students must complete the brief MTECH New Student Orientation prior to first day of class.  To learn more visit

  G1 Maintenance And Light Repair Course Completed with a B- or better prior to enrollment. This May Be Waived By Completion of the MLR Challenge Test in the Testing Center with a score of 80% and above, and either the completion of High School Auto Class, Auto Fundamentals, or adequate work experience.

  All students must have a valid driver’s license


Session Location Room Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Days
Fall 2021 Lehi Trades and Tech Auto Bldg 10/21/2021 12/22/2021 11:30 AM 2:40 PM M-F
Fall 2021 Spanish Fork Auto Bldg 10/21/2021 12/22/2021 11:45 AM 2:55 PM M-F
Fall 2022 Lehi Trades and Tech Auto Bldg 10/16/2022 12/22/202 11:30 AM 2:40 PM M-F
Fall 2022 Spanish Fork Auto Bldg 10/16/2022 12/22/202 11:45 AM 2:55 PM M-F

Tuition and Fees

Item Cost Notes
Registration Fee $40.00  
Facilities Fee $50.00  
Program Fees $178.00 Fees include one (1) A3 test administered by 3rd party testing facility.
Tuition $283.50  
total: $551.50  All tuition and fees are due at the time of registration.

Materials and Supplies

Item Cost Notes
Thompson Automotive Technology A Systems Approach, 7th edition $111.00 ISBN: 9781337794213
Job Sheets $56.00 ISBN:9781111647001
Shop Shirt $35.00 Students only need one shirt. They will not be charged for a shirt if they have one from a previous MTECH  Auto class.
Toolkit $150.00 A detailed list will be distributed on the first day of instruction
Safety Glasses $10.00  
total: $362.00  
ASE Certification Exam $37.00 ea.  Optional - paid to ASE when registering for an exam


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