The constantly evolving automotive industry needs well-educated and motivated technicians capable of continued growth and lifelong learning skills as new advanced technologies find their way onto our roads. 

The Advanced Automotive certificate at LRCC consists of a series of evening and Saturday courses that provide students a well-rounded education with an emphasis on the service, diagnosis, and repair of today’s complex automobiles and their integrated systems.

Evening and Saturday hours make this program a convenient option for those individuals already working in the field, who want to improve their understanding and skills, or have the desire to prepare for ASE Certification testing. The courses are a combination of classroom theory and invaluable hands-on lab experience. The classes are taught by Master Certified Technicians with many years of experience solving the technical concerns related to engine performance, emissions, drive train, steering, suspension and braking systems, audio systems and HVAC.


Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
AUTO120LIntroduction to Automotive Service243
AUTO137LEngine Mechanical354
AUTO138LElectrical/Electronics I354
AUTO139LElectrical/Electronics II354
AUTO140LBraking Systems344
AUTO150LSuspension and Steering374
AUTO240LManual Drive Train344
AUTO245LEngine Performance I354
AUTO255LEngine Performance II354
AUTO265LAutomatic Transmission and Transaxles364
ESNT120LCollege Essentials101

Total Credits: 44

The Automotive Technology student must:
  • have a high school degree or equivalent;
  • interview with one of the automotive faculty;
  • have command of the English language;
  • have reading comprehension skills sufficient to read and comprehend service literature;
  • have communication skills sufficient to prepare required reports;
  • be able to understand and follow both written and oral instructions;
  • be able to complete requirements for college level classes;
  • have sufficient vision to distinguish colors, read gauges, scopes, diagnostic equipment and information from a computer screen (adaptive equipment acceptable);
  • have sufficient hearing to distinguish various sounds and noises (adaptive equipment acceptable);
  • have the ability to stand for extended periods of time and the physical strength to lift automotive parts and equipment;
  • have sufficient dexterity to perform manual skills related to automotive service;
  • be able to work in an automotive service facility environment;
  • maintain a valid driver’s license;
  • be able to purchase the minimum required tools.
The successful learner will:
  • be able to identify learning needs and construct activities to attain continuous growth through self-directed life-long learning.
  • be able to safely perform routine diagnostics, service and repair on today’s modern cars and light trucks.
  • be able to safely diagnose and repair the integrated systems used on today’s advanced vehicles.


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Program Contact

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