Automotive Technology Degrees at SMC

Automotive Technology


Learn all you need to know to become a full-service mechanic with an automotive degree or certificate from Southwestern Michigan College!

Automotive service technicians inspect, diagnose, repair and maintain cars and light trucks.

About the Automotive Technology Program

Students can complete the one-year certificate program, which will prepare them for entry-level positions as a full-service mechanic, or they can complete an associate degree for more job and advancement opportunities.

Students gain the knowledge and experience needed to excel in the automotive industry through hands-on learning in a full-service automotive lab equipped with all the technology and tools they’ll encounter on the job.

Curriculum covers brakes and chassis, transmissions and transaxles, heating and air conditioning, engines, suspension and steering, electrical systems and alternative fuels and hybrids.

Degree-seeking students will round out their education with basic math and communication courses and with job training through a workplace citizenship course and an internship.

Career Options & Salaries
Mechanic:           $40,710
2018 median pay. Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nationally Accredited

The Automotive Technology program is accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (ASE). Our Instructors are ASE Master Certified Technicians. Southwestern Michigan College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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More About the School of Advanced Technology

Watch the video below to see what School of Advanced Technology faculty have to say about the strengths of our automotive, welding and robotics programs.

See It Now!

Click here for images of the Jan & A.C. Kairis Building, home to all automotive and construction classes, or click here to schedule a tour.