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Automotive Service Certificate of Achievement

Program OverviewCourse GuideAdditional Information
This instructional program is a basic program designed to prepare individuals for entry-level employment in automotive service centers. Upon completion of the following courses, the prospective service center technician will have proficiency in the fundamentals of basic electronics, tune-up, diagnosis and repair, brake service, and fuels.

Required Courses

AUTO 100 Intro to Automotive Technology 3 Credits/3 Contacts
AUTO 146 Automotive Brake Systems* 3 Credits/6 Contacts
AUTO 221 Automotive Steering and Suspension* 3 Credits/6 Contacts
AUTO 225 Automotive Electrical Systems* 3 Credits/6 Contacts
WELD 190 Applied Welding for Skilled Trades 4 Credits/4 Contacts
Total: 16 credits
*Course has a prerequisite

 

ASE and/or State of Michigan Certification
Upon successful completion of the required course work, the graduate should be ready for the State of Michigan and/or ASE Certification in the following Automotive Specialty Areas:

  • Brakes & Braking Systems
  • Front End Suspension & Steering Systems
  • Electrical Systems

Current/Updated: 04/08/2020

Employment Information

Service Certificate
This instructional program is
designed to prepare individuals
for entry-level employment in
automotive service centers.
Upon completion of the Automotive
Service Certificate courses, the
prospective service center
technician will have proficiency
in the fundamentals of basic
electronics, tuneup, diagnosis and
repair, brake service and fuels.

Automotive service technicians and mechanics hold about 800,000 jobs. The majority work in:

  • Automotive repair and maintenance shops
  • Automobile dealerships
  • Retail and wholesale automotive parts, accessories and supplies
  • Service stations
  • Automotive supply stores
  • Federal, state and local government garages
  • Self-employed automotive establishments

Employment is expected to gradually increase through 2020 as vehicles in operation increase and multiple vehicle families grow. Employment growth will be concentrated in dealerships and independent auto repair shops. More than 16 percent of service technicians are self-employed, twice the number in all other installation, maintenance and repair fields. People entering the occupation can expect steady work. The median annual wage of automotive service technicians and mechanics is over $35,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Technician Certificate

This program of study is designed to prepare technicians for the high-tech automotive industry. It also prepares them to take state and national certification tests. Upon successful completion of the required course work, the graduate should be ready for the State of Michigan and/or Automotive Service Excellence Certification in the following Automotive Specialty Areas: brakes, automotive transmission, engine repair, electrical, manual transmission, engine tune-up, heating and air conditioning, and front end.

Is this for me?

The work of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from mechanical repair to a high technology job. Technicians must have an increasingly broad base of knowledge about how the complex components work and interact, as well as the ability to work with electronic diagnostic equipment and computer-based technical reference materials. Technicians must assess the symptoms, then take a diagnostic approach to isolate the components logically causing the problem, perhaps taking a test drive and/or using a variety of testing equipment to identify the source of the problem.

Students in the Glen Oaks automotive programs are prepared to excel in today’s high-tech automotive industry.

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