Automotive Technology

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

Students enrolled in the two-year automotive associate’s degree, two-year automotive certificate, or the one-year automotive certificate can select specialty electives in:

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101
Student Success Seminar
AUT121
Automotive Service Skills
AUT122
Automotive Systems and Engine
Applications
AUT123
Engine Diagnosis and Major Service
ENG124
College Composition
AUT124
Vehicle Chassis Systems
AUT125
Automotive Electrical and Accessory
Systems
AUT126
Automotive HVAC Systems
MTH107
Industrial Math
PHL122
Ethics
AUT221
Fuel and Emissions Management
Systems
AUT222
Engine Systems performance Diagnosis
AUT223
Advanced Automotive Electronics
AUT227
Computerized Vehicle Control
BUS122
Basic Economics
AUT225
Automotive Drivetrain I
AUT226
Automotive Drivetrain II
AUT233
Automotive Diagnostics Applications
AUT234
Alternative Fuels and Advanced
Automotive Systems
ENG221
Technical Report Writing
Technical Elective

TOTAL CREDITS 60-63

Associate of applied science in automotive technology

  • The automotive one-year certificate covers the core automotive courses and will quickly prepare you for a productive career in the automotive service and repair industry. The certificate is stackable toward the two-year automotive technology degree.
  • The comprehensive automotive technology certificate contains the core automotive courses and allows for a flexible one- or two-year completion based on your time frame. The certificate is stackable toward the two-year automotive technology degree.
  • The automotive maintenance and light repair career enhancement certificate offers the first six classes of the automotive curriculum, stackable toward a one-year automotive certificate or the two-year degree. This certificate quickly prepares you to enter the job market at an automotive service facility.
  • The automotive transmission and driveline career enhancement certificate gets you ready for a productive career as an automotive transmission and driveline specialist and is stackable toward a one-year automotive certificate or the two-year degree.
  • The CAT lift truck career enhancement certificate is designed to ready you for a career as a service technician at a Caterpillar lift truck dealership. The Caterpillar-specific curriculum, produced by MCFA, provides Caterpillar lift truck’s core certification courses. This certificate is stackable into the one-year automotive certificate or the two-year degree.
  • The Honda PACT career enhancement certificate is designed to prepare you for a career as a service technician at a Honda/Acura dealership. The Honda PACT curriculum combines Stark State NATEF-accredited automotive classes and Honda-specific curriculum produced by American Honda Motor Company, Inc. and provide Honda’s core certification modules. This certificate is stackable into the one-year automotive certificate or the two-year degree.
  • 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.

ASE Certification Test Series