The Automotive Technology program provides specialized classroom instruction and practical shop experience to prepare students to engage in the servicing and maintenance of all types of automobiles at the entry level. The program prepares students to select, safely use, and maintain hand and power tools, jacks, and hoisting equipment. Instruction in the diagnosis of malfunctions and the repair of engines, fuel, electrical, cooling, and brake systems, drive train, and suspension systems are included.
Graduates of this program work as technicians to inspect, repair, and maintain a vehicle's mechanical and electronic systems, including those found on cars, trucks, motorcycles, aircraft, marine, and industrial vehicles.
Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate from this program. Completion time depends on course load, course withdrawals, and repeat courses. The program takes approximately four semesters to complete based on full-time status (15+ hours per semester).
Accreditation & Certification
CLTCC’s Automotive Technology program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and the instructors are NATEF certified. The program also prepares students for the certification test given by the national institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
The estimated program cost per semester (subject to change) is $2,250 (based on highest credential available).
Credentials and Exit Points
The credentials and exit points for Automotive Technology are listed below. Students who pursue the highest credential for this program (Technical Diploma) have the opportunity to finish each semester with a competency certificate.
TCA – ENGINE REPAIR TECHNICIAN
TCA – AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION & TRANSAXLE TECHNICIAN
TCA – MANUAL DRIVE TRAIN TECHNICIAN
TCA – STEERING & SUSPENSION TECHNICIAN
TCA – BRAKE TECHNICIAN
TCA – ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN
TCA – HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING TECHNICIAN
TCA – ENGINE PERFORMANCE TECHNICIAN
CTS – ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN
CTS – POWER TRAIN TECHNICIAN
CTS –ENGINE PERFORMANCE TECHNICIAN
TD – AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN