Automotive Mechanics

Automotive Mechanics (AUM) is a 60 semester hour program combining classroom theory with hands-on practice in the laboratory.  Requirements for the certificate of completion include four academic courses totaling 12 semester hours and all required career technical courses.  Students can also earn stackable short term certificates and industry certifications. This program is designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to prepare for successful entry-level employment in the field of automotive mechanics.


  • Certificate
    • Automotive Mechanics
  • Short Term Certificate
    • Braking Systems
    • Engine Performance
    • Heating/Air Conditioning
    • Transmissions
    • Wheel Alignment

Industry Certification
National Career Readiness Credential

Estimated Program Length

Award Length Credit Hours
Short Term Certificate 1 semester 9
Certificate of Completion 5 semesters 60

Required Program Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
AUM101 Fundamentals of Auto Technology 3
AUM112 Electrical Fundamentals 3
AUM121 Braking Systems 3
AUM122 Steering and Suspension 3
AUM124 Automotive Engines 3
AUM130 Drive Train and Axles 3
AUM133 Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning 3
AUM162 Electrical and Electronic Systems 3
AUM212 Adv. Electrical/Electronic Systems 3
AUM220 Advanced Automotive Engines 3
AUM224 Manual Transmission/Transaxle 3
AUM230 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle 3
AUM239 Engine Performance 3
AUM244 Engine Performance/Diagnostics 3
AUM246 Automotive Emissions 3

Required Academic Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
DPT100 Introductory Computer Skills I 3
ENG100 Vocational Technical English 3
MAH101 Introductory Mathematics I 3
SPC103 Oral Communication Skills 3

Elective Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
AUM182 Special Topics 2

Electives may be offered to meet a student’s personal educational goals or for instructional purposes.


Program Contact

Mr. Eric McClellan, Instructor
Main Campus

This is a “Live Work” program.

Occupational Data*

Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for automotive mechanics and service technicians was $39,550 in May 2017. Employment in this field is projected to grow at around six percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job seekers should note industry certification is often required once the person is employed.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook