In the Basic Automotive certificate program, students will learn the skills necessary for an entry-level technician’s position. The program combines classroom and practical training with on-vehicle experience. Students will become familiar with the latest technology, earn a certificate, and can work as an apprentice technician. Students gain skills that directly apply to the  field of study, prepare for ASE exams, and work toward full-time employment.


Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
AUTO120LIntroduction to Automotive Services243
AUTO137LEngine Mechanical354
AUTO138LElectrical/Electronics I354
AUTO139LElectrical/Electronics II354
AUTO140LBraking Systems344
AUTO150LSuspension and Steering374
ESNT120LCollege Essentials101

Total Credits: 24

Students in the Basic Automotive Certificate may take a co-op if desired.

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

Sharon Cardarelli

Jaime Decato