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Automotive Technician Certificate

Program OverviewCourse GuideAdditional Information
This program of study is designed to prepare technicians for the high-tech automotive industry. This Certificate is a continuation of the basic Certificate of Achievement in Automotive Service; it prepares students to take state and national certification tests. Completion of this certificate will prepare students for industry-wide certification. The Automotive Technician Certificate can also be used toward an Associate of Applied Science in Technology Degree.

Certificate Program Required

Certificate of Achievement — Automotive Service 16 Credits

To be granted the Automotive Technician Certificate, students must complete the Automotive Service Certificate of Achievement
Required Courses (15 credit hours)

AUTO 141 Engine Diagnosis and Ignition Systems* 3 Credits/6 Contacts
AUTO 226 Auto Heating and Air Conditioning * 3 Credits/6 Contacts
AUTO 245 Automotive Valve Train & Head Rebuilding* 3 Credits/6 Contacts
AUTO 246 Automotive Cylinder Block Rebuilding* 3 Credits/6 Contacts
AUTO 250 Introduction to Automotive Transmissions*  OR 3 Credits/6 Contacts
TECH 271 Internship I* (by special arrangement) 3 Credits/3 Contacts
Total: 31 credits
*Course has a prerequisite(s)

 

ASE and/or State of Michigan Certification
Upon successful completion of the required course work, including the prerequisite Certificate of Achievement in Automotive Service, 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
  • Engine Repair
  • Engine Tune-up/Performance
  • Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Automatic Transmission (for students selecting AUTO 250)

 

Current: 04/08/2020

Employment Information

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.

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.


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.

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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