May 17, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Automotive Technology (A.A.S.)

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 degree program allows students to earn an A.A.S degree 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 articulation agreement for transfer to SUNY Morrisville.

Mission Statement

The Automotive Technology A.A.S. program will provide students with the training and understanding related to all 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Diagnose and repair electrical and mechanical systems within the modern automobile.
  2. Utilize tools and equipment for automobile repairs.
  3. Assess factors that influence successful technician.
  4. Simulate the flow of work with the Automotive Repair facility starting with the customer complaint and ending with customer satisfaction.

Additional Costs & Considerations

  • Students are required to purchase a tool set.
  • Valid driver’s license strongly encouraged as technicians will be required to drive customers vehicles for testing and repair.

Graduation Requirements

400 hours of Work Experience while matriculated must be completed prior to graduation.