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

Learn more about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.

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
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Honors Speech Communication
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
AUTO-1050 Numerical Applications in Automotive Service 3
AUTO-1300 Automotive Engines 3
AUTO-1510 Automotive Electrical Systems 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours30

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.