Automotive Technology Certificate (ATC)

This program will prepare you for a variety of positions in transportation-related industries. MWCC’s comprehensive program in computerized automotive service technology is not manufacturer specific; the combination of specialized and general training gives students maximum employment flexibility. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities are expected to be very good for those who complete formal automotive training. The Automotive Technology program has National ASE Certification in the areas of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, and suspension and steering from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), in accordance with standards developed and recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Number Suggested Course Order


Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
AUT120 Performance and Diagnosis I


    FYE101, MAT090 (or co-requisite), RDG098, or placement
AUT122 Brakes


    FYE101, MAT090 (or co-requisite), RDG098, or placement
AUT123 Electrical Systems I


    FYE101, MAT090 (or co-requisite), RDG098, or placement
AUT125 Engine Repair


    FYE101, MAT090 (or co-requisite), RDG098, or placement
AUT121 Performance and Diagnosis II


    AUT120 or permission of division dean
AUT124 Electrical Systems II


    AUT123 or permission of division dean
AUT127 Suspension and Steering


    FYE101, MAT090 (or co-requisite), RDG098, or placement
AUT130 Automatic and Manual Drivetrains


    FYE101, MAT090 (or co-requisite), RDG098, or placement
                                             Total: 35 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day at the Gardner Campus.

Transfer options: This program prepares students for immediate career entry. Some courses may be applied to the Automotive Technology Degree program.

Special requirements: Students are required to purchase safety glasses, safety shoes, and a basic tool set which can cost approximately $2,500. Also, students will be required to enroll in late afternoon classes. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Service technician; race team pit crew member; diesel mechanic; shop manager or owner; repair service writer; motorcycle, boat, and small engine mechanic; or other automotive industry career.

Earning potential: $11.96 to $21.56 per hour.

Auto Tech Program Tool List

Technical Standards* for ATC and ATD

*general information about technical standards and accommodation.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand, stoop, and walk for a minimum of three hours.
  • Lift 25 pounds to waist high, shoulder high, and above the head.
  • Manipulate small objects without dropping or damaging them.
  • Determine by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, or
  • motion/non-motion.
  • Distinguish all colors.
  • Work indoors in the presence of loud, repetitious noise levels (not to exceed regulatory standards).
  • Function in a standard workplace environment that contains monitored hydrocarbons and vehicle emission vapors.

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