Automotive Mechanics - Certificate

Associate Dean, Division of Math, Physics, Technology & Engineering Science
Department Chair

Certificate, Career Program

The Certificate program is offered primarily to prepare students for employment in the service segment of the automotive industry. Occupational titles include, among others: line mechanic, service station mechanic, auto parts clerk. Courses focus on the fundamental systems of the automobile: cooling and heating, electrical, suspension, brakes, exhaust and emission controls. Hands-on experience is emphasized. Students spend 18 hours per week in the fall semester and 14 hours per week in the spring semester in automotive-related laboratories developing the necessary manual skills to enter this occupation. During the second semester, students take one ASE exam of their choice.

Graduates will be able to service the following automotive systems: cooling, air conditioning, electrical, suspension, brake, exhaust, fuel, and emission control; diagnose microprocessor controls, major engine/drive train systems; demonstrate the use of industry safety standards; understand project management techniques; and understand basic automotive history and language. 

The automotive facilities are located on campus and at CCC's Airport Corporate Park facility in Big Flats.

After evaluation by CCC’s faculty, students with BOCES training may receive advanced standing. Students who have graduated from the Certificate program and elect to enter the A.O.S. degree program can complete the additional requirements in one academic year. Those selecting the A.A.S. degree program will usually need three additional semesters of academic work.

In order to participate in any automotive lab, a student must maintain a valid automobile driver's license. For program assistance, students should consult their advisor.

Students will be required to purchase a prescribed list of hand tools at the beginning of the program. Students should see their advisor for a detailed tool list.

High school or equivalent preparation required. While not specific program requirements, in order to graduate from this program, students must demonstrate the writing skills necessary to enter ENGL 1010, College Composition I, and the math skills necessary to enter MATH 1015, Introductory Algebra. Based on assessment, students may need to successfully complete ENGL 0990, Intermediate Writing Skills, and MATH 0960, Pre-Algebra, to fulfill the graduation requirement. It is essential that students discuss this with their advisors.

All 34 credit hours of this program apply towards the specific 67 credit requirement of the Automotive Technology A.O.S. program allowing a student the opportunity to apply the credits earned in the certificate towards the completion of a two-year degree. 

33 of the 34 credit hours of this program apply towards the specific 65 credit requirement of the Automotive Technology A.A.S. program allowing a student the opportunity to apply the credits earned in the certificate towards the completion of a two-year degree.

Based on placement, students might be required to successfully complete preparatory course(s) before attempting further course or
program requirements.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Course Groupings

Sample Sequence*
Notes
Credits
*Sample sequence is intended as a guide for academic planning. It need not be followed exactly or completed in four semesters.
Sample Sequence Note (2) 15462
Sample sequence is intended as a guide for academic planning. It need not be followed exactly or completed in four semesters.
FIRST SEMESTER 15402
19
Auto Lab I 15442
4
Introduction to Automotive Technology 15404
3
Automotive Electronics I 15405
4
Fuel Systems I 15418
4
Auto Body 17576
(ABOD 1010 or 1510)
4
SECOND SEMESTER 15408
15
Chassis and Alignment Lab 15449
4
Automotive Chassis 15448
3
Automotive Electronics II 17577
4
Fuel Systems II 17578
4