Automotive Technology

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Automotive Technologies at MCC encompasses four separate programs, three of which lead to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree, and one that leads to a Certificate of Completion. All four programs combine on-the-job training with classroom instruction to prepare students for careers as automotive technicians. As the automotive industry advances with sophisticated technology, employment opportunities will continue to increase for technicians who are more highly skilled than mechanics of the past.

Within five to nine semesters, the student completes their degree and works in the industry as an automotive technician. The program is demanding and students must be willing to commit themselves to both work and study.


Attendance at an Automotive information session is required before beginning any of the four Automotive programs. Informational meetings are held detailing admissions requirements, individual program details, job opportunities, a tour of the facilities and scholarship availability. Students must have a high school diploma or equivalency and a valid driver's license for these programs. Recommended courses include mathematics, physics or physical science, and computer familiarity.

Tuition assistance paperwork and information on grants and loans are available by calling the Financial Aid office at 585-292-2050. Please allow at least eight weeks for processing. Students are encouraged to plan accordingly.


Apprentice Training: Automotive (A.A.S. Degree)
Automotive Apprentice Training is a three-year, nine-semester program. It's demanding nature means the student must be willing to make a major commitment to both work and study for the three-year period. The apprentice works full time during the day in the industry, and attends MCC two or three nights a week.

Automotive Technology Certificate Program
The Certificate in Automotive Technology is a two-year 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 is dealt with in the classroom and the hands-on laboratory. 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 Automotive Technology at MCC.

General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) (A.A.S. Degree)
This is a two-year, five-semester program. It alternates college instruction with on-the-job GM dealership training. General Motors and Monroe Community College have joined forces to provide appropriate "high-tech" instruction and a cooperative work experience at participating GM dealers in the Western New York Region (Utica to the Pennsylvania border).

Toyota/Lexus Technical Educational Network (T-TEN) (A.A.S. Degree)
This is a two year, five-semester program. It alternates college instruction with on-the-job Lexus/Toyota dealership training. Lexus/Toyota Motor Sales and Monroe Community College are working together to provide this "high-tech" instruction and cooperative work experience at participating Lexus and Toyota dealers in the Western New York State region (Utica to the Pennsylvania border).



Location & Contacts

Applied Technologies Center
2485 W. Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone: (585) 292-3725
Fax: (585) 292-3858