This Certificate of Proficiency in Automotive Technology provides students with classroom and laboratory experience and prepares students for employment in the auto service industry. 

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED highly recommended, but not required.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Read repair orders, write service recommendations, obtain pertinent vehicle information, and document all problems.
  2. Work independently and professionally and as a member of an automotive team.
  3. Use basic math and appropriate tools and equipment to perform maintenance and basic repair services according to industry standards in a safe manner.
  4. Assist in diagnosis and perform mechanical repairs using appropriate tools and equipment according to industry standards in a safe manner.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
AUTO-1101 Introduction to Automotive Service Procedures 3
AUTO-1400 Automotive Alignment, Steering and Suspension 3
AUTO-1450 Automotive Braking Systems 3
AUTO-1502 Automotive Electrical Fundamentals 3
SPCH-1000 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
AUTO-1050 Numerical Applications in Automotive Service 3
AUTO-1300 Automotive Engines 3
AUTO-1510 Automotive Electrical Systems 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours30