Automotive Advanced

Career & Technical Certificate

Modes of Instruction

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The Automotive Technology Advanced Certificate prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles and light trucks. Through classroom instruction and hands-on training, you will learn how to diagnose, service and repair brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air condition systems.

Graduates of this pathway will be required to take professional licensure exams, which correspond to certain programs of study, and to enter careers as entry-level technicians in the transportation industry.

Students who complete the Automotive Technology Advanced Certificate are almost halfway to earning a college Diploma in Automotive Technology AAS degree. The students will have earned 49 of the 73 semester hours of credit required for the Degree.


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:

  • Make general engine diagnoses of and repairs on, among other components, the engine’s cylinder heads, valve train, block, lubrication, and cooling system.
  • Maintain, adjust, diagnose, and repair transmissions and transaxles.
  • Diagnose, service, adjust, align, and repair suspension and steering systems (including wheel and tire).
  • Perform general maintenance, adjustments, and diagnoses.

What You Can Do

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Mechanic
  • Fleet Vehicle Service Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Automotive Specialty Technician
  • Light Diesel Technician

Program Details


Automotive Faculty

Charles DeBernardi

Charles DeBernardi

Assistant Professor Automotive Technology
Kevin Wheeler

Kevin Wheeler

Automotive Work-based Learning Coordinator

Contact Us

Charles DeBernardi

Assistant Professor Automotive Technology

Phone  |  618-545-3369

Location  |  Main Campus

Office  |  Science and Technology, ST 126


Phone  |  618-545-3040

Fax  |  618-545-3393

Location  |  Main Campus

Office  |  Health and Business, HB 100

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