Automotive Tech Basic

Career & Technical Certificate

Modes of Instruction

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The Automotive Technology Basics 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.

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 32 of the 73 semester hours of credit required for the Degree.


Program Outcomes

Students will develop investigative skills to locate problems on vehicles, use a variety of power tools as well as hand tools and diagnostic tools as they work on parts, and work with technical reference materials.

What You Can Do

  • Automotive Service Technician and Mechanic
  • Tire Repairer and Changer
  • Fleet Service Technician
  • Entry Level Technician
  • Entry Level Lube and Tire Technician
  • Steering/Suspension/Brake 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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