The Stark State College automotive technology two-year associate’s degree program, one of the top programs in Ohio, is designed to give students a solid foundation in the automotive technical skills and the academic classes needed to quickly advance in their automotive careers. With an emphasis placed on technology, academics, and hands-on application, the student progresses through a logical sequence of courses that includes domestic and import vehicles.
All of the automotive technology programs at Stark State are structured to prepare students for a productive career in the automotive service industry. In our two state-of-the-art automotive facilities, students use the latest tools and diagnostic equipment to apply practical service techniques to our fleet of late-model vehicles. This builds hands-on skills that can be applied immediately while in the program or upon graduation. The automotive curriculum is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) preparing students to pursue Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.
Graduates work as:
- Independent or dealership automotive technicians
- Dealership service advisors
- Parts department associates
- Independent service facility managers or owners
- Factory service representatives
- Fleet maintenance technicians or managers
Stark State also offers a comprehensive automotive technology certificate and a one-year automotive certificate that contain the core automotive courses you can take right to the workforce or directly apply to the automotive technology associate degree program.
Students enrolled in the two-year automotive associate’s degree, comprehensive automotive certificate, or the one-year automotive certificate can select specialty electives in:
Your pathway to a degree
You can start with a comprehensive automotive certificate or a one-year automotive certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in automotive technology:
One-year automotive certificate
Comprehensive automotive certificate
- Associate of applied science in automotive technology
Program learning outcomes
- Pass the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification tests.
- Apply critical thinking skills to effectively diagnose automobiles with various faults.
- Effectively communicate in a work environment. This includes both written and oral communication.
- Apply the skills that they learned in the program to perform service procedures on vehicles.
- Navigate GM SI (General Motors Electronic Service Information) to view technical service bulletins,
- Vehicle recall information, vehicle service history, and vehicle service information. The student will be able to find and comprehend information.
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- 1-year automotive technology certificate
- Automotive aftermarket vehicle modifications certificate
- Automotive detailing certificate
- Automotive maintenance and light repair certificate
- Automotive transmission and driveline certificate
- Caterpillar lift truck certificate
- Comprehensive automotive technology certificate
- Honda PACT
- Canton Carnival of Wheels scholarship
- Automotive Engineering Technology Endowed scholarship
- Bridgestone – Firestone Automotive Engineering Technology Endowed scholarship
- Stark County Auto Dealers Award (SCADA)
- Greater Cleveland Auto Dealers Association Annual Automotive scholarship
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The automotive curriculum is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and prepares students to pursue Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.