The associate of applied science degree with specialization in automotive service technology is structured to provide the technical knowledge and mechanical abilities necessary to work on the vehicles of yesterday, today and the future. Today’s vehicles are highly complex feats of engineering. Technicians need a wide array of skills and knowledge to diagnose, repair and maintain these vehicles. Automotive service technicians have the opportunity to work on hydraulic systems (brakes and transmissions), mechanical systems (engines and steering), computer systems (modules and networks) and electrical systems (entertainment and lighting). All of these systems work together to ensure the safety and comfort drivers rely on. The automotive service technician makes use of various mechanical and electrical test instruments and gauges, including scan tools, oscilloscopes, pressure gauges, pneumatic tools and hand tools. The curriculum is planned to prepare the graduate to perform duties concerned with diagnosis, repair and maintenance of motor vehicles. Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry-level employment in the following areas:
- Dealership service technician
- Factory technical representative
- Independent service technician
- Service engineer
- Service writer
Certificate Program: Automotive Service Technology
In addition to the two-year associate degree program, Monroe County Community College offers a certificate program in automotive service technology. The basic core subjects of automotive repair are covered in these courses. Skill development and job procurement are the primary objectives of this program, and all courses taken in this certificate program are applicable toward the associate of applied science degree.