Automotive Technology - A.A.S.

Associate Dean, Division of Math, Physics, Technology & Engineering Science
Department Chair

Associate in Applied Science Degree, Career Program

The A.A.S. degree program in Automotive Technology is a four-semester sequence designed to prepare students for a career in the automotive field or for transfer to a vocational-technical program. Career opportunities include positions as automotive technicians, service managers, shop supervisors, specialty technicians, as well as other support functions associated with automotive and industrial manufacturers. In addition, the general education courses may qualify graduates for supervisory positions dealing directly with customer relations, sales, or factory representatives. Students who transfer for a bachelor’s degree can become qualified to teach in a variety of vocational-technical programs.

Graduates will be able to service the following automotive systems: cooling, air conditioning, electrical, suspension, brake, exhaust, fuel, and emission control; diagnose microprocessor controls, major engine/drive train systems; demonstrate the use of industry safety standards; understand project management techniques; and understand basic automotive history and language.

The automotive facilities are located on campus and at CCC's Airport Corporate Park facility in Big Flats.

After evaluation by CCC’s faculty, students with BOCES training may receive advanced standing. Students who have graduated from the Certificate program and elect to enter the A.O.S. degree program can complete the additional requirements in one academic year. Those selecting the A.A.S. degree program will usually need three additional semesters of academic work.

In order to participate in any automotive lab, a student must maintain a valid automobile driver's license. For program assistance, students should consult their advisor.

Students will be required to purchase a prescribed list of hand tools at the beginning of the program. Students should see their advisor for a detailed tool list.

High school or equivalent preparation required: Two years of mathematics including algebra and either geometry or intermediate algebra. Students who don’t have this preparation will be able to get it here, but it will take longer to complete the program.