Automotive Technology

Work under the hood and in the classroom to launch your career as an automotive technician.

As auto technology gets more complex, the demand for highly skilled automotive technicians continues to increase. Monroe Community College's two-year automotive technology certificate program offers you a convenient, affordable way to build the skills employers are looking for. Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training, you'll develop the knowledge and experience you need to enter the work force with confidence.

You'll learn about all major automotive systems, dividing your time between the classroom and MCC's hands-on laboratories. Gain skills and experience in these areas:

  • Computer technology
  • Electrical components
  • Emissions controls
  • Steering & suspension
  • Heating & air conditioning

As you complete each course, you'll build credits that you can eventually put toward an automotive technology associate degree.

Take the Fast Track to a Challenging and Rewarding Auto Service Tech Career

This two-year certificate program in automotive technology offers a streamlined path into the workforce. Designed for students who are currently employed or seeking to enter the work force quickly, you'll soon be qualified for jobs such as:

  • Automotive specialty technician
  • Maintenance and repair worker
  • Tire repairer & changer
  • Light-duty passenger vehicle technician

In addition to coursework, you'll participate in a co-op seminar to prepare you for in-garage work experience, at employers like these:

  • Garber Honda
  • Cortese Ford
  • Firestone

The program offers credit-bearing courses that you can use toward an associate degree in automotive technology at MCC, should you ever decide to pursue a degree.

To find out more about the automotive technology certificate program from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at or (585) 292-2200.


Certificate Program

Department:Applied Technologies

School(s): Applied Sciences & Technologies

CIP Code: 47.0104
MCC Program Code: AT02
NYSED Code (BRI): 26473

The Automotive Technology Certificate is a two year, six semester program for students who do not wish to pursue a degree. This program is designed for students who are currently working or would prefer to enter the work force as soon as possible. Each specialized subject includes classroom and laboratory components. The courses in this certificate program are the same credit bearing courses offered in the degree program and are applicable should the student decide at a later date to pursue the AAS degree in Apprentice Training: Automotive at MCC..
(Housed in the Applied Technologies Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Demonstrate the use of soft skills necessary for successful employment within the automotive service industry.
2) Communicate effectively in an automotive service setting.
3) Apply mathematical skills as appropriate to fulfill job responsibilities.
4) Demonstrate competency in OSHA safety practices through the successful completion of S/P2’s Pollution and Safety exams.
5) Perform current vehicle engine service to NATEF standards.
6) Perform current vehicle brake service to NATEF standards
7) Perform current vehicle electrical and electronic systems service to NATEF standards.
8) Perform current vehicle suspension and steering systems service to NATEF standards.
9) Perform current vehicle heating and air conditioning systems service to NATEF standards.

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Requirements for Program Entrance
Elementary Algebra with Geometry (or MTH 098 currently registered in or higher.) Valid driver's license. Placement into ENG 101.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 8.5 Credit Hours
ATP 101 Introduction to Automotive Technology 5
ATP 140 Automotive Technology Co-op Seminar 0.5
ENG 101 College Composition 3
Total 8.5
SECOND SEMESTER: 7.5 Credit Hours
ATP 102 Electrical/Electronic Systems 1 - Automotive 3
MTH 104 Intermediate Algebra OR
MTH 135 Introduction to Technical Mathematics OR
MTH 164 Introduction to Trigonometry AND MTH 165 College Algebra OR
MTH 175 Precalculus Mathematics with Analytic Geometry (or higher)*
ATP 171 General (A-TAP) Automotive Technology - Co-op I 0.5
Total 7.5
ATP 105 Brakes - Automotive 4.5
ATP 103 Electrical 2 - Automotive 4
ATP 172 General (A-TAP) Automotive Co-op II 0.5
Total 9
THIRD SEMESTER: 5.5 Credit Hours
ATP 106 Steering and Suspension - Automotive 5
ATP 173 General (A-TAP) Automotive Co-op III 0.5
Total 5.5
FOURTH SEMESTER: 3.5 Credit Hours
ATP 109 Heating and Air Conditioning - Automotive 3
ATP 174 General (A-TAP) Automotive Co-op IV 0.5
Total 3.5
ATP 108 Engine Repair - Automotive 4
Total 4

*Two years of high school Regents algebra are recommended. Students with math deficiencies have to enroll in extra preparatory math course(s).

For information related to cost, success rate, and student debt in this program, please visit Automotive Technology - Gainful Employment Information.
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