What Can You Do With an Automotive Technology Certificate?

A certificate in automotive technology opens doors to careers that never get boring or stagnant. Graduates of CMC go on to work as:

  • Auto specialty technician
  • Auto mechanic
  • Service technician
  • Diagnostic technician
  • Service writers
  • Diagnostic technician
  • Service technician

Develop the Fundamentals to Go Far

With an automotive technology certificate, you’re set up to start work at a shop almost immediately. You’ll learn all the fundamentals from the skillful instructors at CMC, including a few specialties like performance and hybrid engines. The goal is to help you develop your skills to get you started and teach you how to improve them as you work. From there, you can find your specialties and passion with confidence.

An Eye for the Detail

One of the great things about auto tech is that the work is both complex and simple. An engine is a complicated machine with a lot of moving parts, but when you learn the fundamentals, you understand how everything works together in a seamless system. At CMC, you’ll train your eye (and ear) so well that you’ll be able to pop a hood and diagnose an engine with ease.

Your Automotive Technology Cert. Program Map

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Restricted electives — other choices available below.

Automotive Technology Cert.: What to Expect

  • Completion Requirements
    • 34 units of required courses
    • Restricted electives
    • A grade of C or higher in all required courses
    • Minimum grade point average of 2.0
  • Required Courses

    Principles of Automotive Technology (AUTO 004) | 4.00

    Engine Performance I (AUTO 018) | 4.00

    Automotive Electrical Systems I (AUTO 020) | 4.00

    Automotive Electrical Systems II (AUTO 021) | 4.00

    Automotive Steering, Suspension, and Alignment (AUTO 035) | 4.00

    Automotive Brake Systems (AUTO 036) | 4.00

    Automotive Engine Repair (AUTO 044) | 4.00

    Automatic Transmission & Transaxles (AUTO 045) | 4.00

    Hybrid & Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AUTO 078) | 4.00


    Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology (AUTO 028) | 3.00

    Restricted Electives – choose at least one (1) class from the following:

    AUTO 027, AUTO 045, AUTO 060, AUTO 065, and AUTO 028 or AUTO 078 | 3.00 – 5.00

  • What You Learn
    1. Prepare for the ASE certification by identifying, describing, and servicing at least six out of the eight general automotive areas of the certification. *
    2. Use different auto testing equipment to analyze, diagnose, estimate cost, and fix any engine issues in at least six of the eight general automotive areas of ASE certification. *
    3. Use service info to find and document any repairs that were done on hybrid and alternative fuel cars.
    4. Learn how to properly use common auto repair tools, lab equipment, and machines by following common safety practices.
    5. Work alone and in a team to diagnose, fix, and maintain different types of cars.
    6. Show you can be professional with coworkers and customers even during complaints or special challenges.

    *Dependent upon restrictive electives chosen.

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