As a modern automotive technician, you will need advanced skills to perform service and maintenance on state-of-the-art vehicles. Progressive technologies such as driverless vehicles, electronic suspension, advanced radar collision avoidance, microcomputer-controlled heating and air conditioning systems are increasingly more common in the automotive industry. Each of these highly technical and highly integrated systems demand technicians that possess a substantial background in electronic systems and diagnostic procedures.
OCC’s Automotive Technology certificate program allows students to earn an 1-year certificate while training on the latest computer-based diagnostic test instrumentation. Basic and specialized automotive courses will help students develop a solid foundation in this fast-paced field. Students will actively participate in hands-on instruction on emissions diagnosis and drivability concerns in a laboratory setting. Comprehensive instruction in mathematics, the sciences, and liberal arts allow students to develop the diverse skills necessary for advancement in this exciting field.
Graduates of the Automotive Technology program are adequately trained to seek employment in related automotive fields. Students that decide to continue their education can talk to our faculty about our A.A.S Automotive Technology program and the potential to transfer to SUNY Morrisville upon completion of the A.A.S degree.
The Automotive Technology Certificate program will provide students with the training and understanding related to most electrical and mechanical systems found within the modern automobile. Students will utilize this experience and training to gain employment in careers in local industry and public service organizations. To optimize program quality and opportunity for its graduates, the College partners with local automotive dealers as well as independent repair facilities. For a full time student, the certificate is designed to be completed in one year.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Explain major systems of the modern automobile.
- Learn how to properly diagnose and repair electrical and mechanical systems within the modern automobile.
- Utilize tools and equipment for automobile repairs.
- Identify factors that influence successful technician careers.
- Articulate the flow of work with the Automotive Repair facility starting with the customer complaint and ending with customer satisfaction.