Program Overview

Automotive Systems Technology - Machining Certificate

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* This program is financial aid eligible.
Curriculums in the Mobile Equipment Maintenance and Repair pathway prepare individuals for employment as entry-level transportation service technicians. The program provides an introduction to transportation industry careers and increases student awareness of the diverse technologies associated with this dynamic and challenging field. Course work may include transportation systems theory, braking systems, climate control, design parameters, drive trains, electrical/electronic systems, engine repair, engine performance, environmental regulations, materials, product finish, safety, steering/suspension, transmission/transaxles, and sustainable transportation, depending on the program major area chosen. Graduates of this pathway should be prepared to take professional licensure exams, which correspond to certain programs of study, and to enter careers as entry-level technicians in the transportation industry.

Automotive Systems Technology: A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles. Includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air condition systems
Fall Application Deadline is Jun 15

Estimated Tuition & Fees



Main Campus

Credit Hours


Program Stats

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Average Salary of Certificate Holder

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Average Class Size


Estimated Completion Time

8 months

Current and Upcoming Course Offerings

Course Number Title Credit Hours
AUT-116 Engine Repair 3
MAC-141 Machining Applications I 4
TRN-110 Introduction to Transport Technology 2
TRN-120 Basic Transportation Electricity 5
Student standing in automotive garage on main campus.

“It’s amazing that you can create your own parts for a car in the machining program. Before I always thought about the electrical and mechanical side of automotive, but now I realize I can pursue a career in design. It’s not an area you hear a lot about, but it’s so widely used.”

—Collisa Dawson