Automotive Technology

Kairis full-service automotive lab

Associate in Applied Science and Certificate

Automotive Service Technicians inspect, diagnose, repair, and maintain cars and light trucks.



Students can do a 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.

Salaries and Job Outlook



Average job growth is expected.


Curriculum Guides

View the course plans for the AAS and Certificate in Automotive Technology.


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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 of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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