Automotive Technology


PURPOSE: The Automotive Certificate curriculum trains future technicians to help meet the community's transportation needs. An automotive technician ensures that automobiles and trucks are safe to operate on roads and highways and is responsible for educating vehicle owners regarding the status of their vehicle. The curriculum covers both theory and shop training with an emphasis on service and minor repair. As a result of instruction, students should be able to describe the purpose and function of each vehicle system and identify the parts involved and how they work. The program will provide students with experience and sufficient hands-on experience in the maintenance and repair of a wide variety of automobiles, as well as light to medium duty trucks.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Automotive technicians are typically employed at automotive repair shops or dealerships where they collaborate to meet the needs of customers. They may work in a wide variety of positions, such as quick lube technicians, maintenance technicians, diagnostic experts, parts department workers, service advisors, shop foremen, or service managers.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students are required to meet with the program head either before registering for their first semester or early in their first semester of study.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college's computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by successfully passing the college's computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.






AUT 101 Introduction to Automotive Systems 3


AUT 241 Automotive Electricity I 3


AUT 265 Automotive Braking Systems 3


SDV 100 College Success Skills 1


MTH 111 Basic Technical Mathematics 3


AUT 266 Automotive Alignment, Suspension, and Steering 3


AUT 111 Automotive Engines I 4


ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3


ENG 111 College Composition I 3


AUT 275 Shop Management 2


AUT 230 Introduction to Alternative Fuels and Hybrid Vehicles 3


AUT 197 Cooperative Education 1


AUT 235 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning 2


AUT 245 Automotive Electronics 4


AUT 243 Automotive Control Electronics 4


WEL 155 Ornamental Welding 2


AUT 155 Basic Automotive Engine Performance Diagnostics 5


______ Humanities/Social Science Elective 3


AUT 178 Automotive Final Drive and Manual Transmission Systems 4


AUT 251 Automatic Transmissions 3


Automotive Technology Certificate



Name Program Email Phone
Louis Luchsinger Automotive Technology C 804/523-5454
Lawrence Schwendeman Automotive Technology C 804/523-5938

Common Job Titles1: A/C Technician (Air Conditioning Technician); ASE Master Mechanic (Automotive Service Excellence Master Mechanic); Auto Technician; Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic); Automobile Technician; Automotive Drivability Technician; Automotive Mechanic (Auto Mechanic); Automotive Service Technician; Automotive Technician (Auto Technician); Certified ASE Master Automotive Technician (Certified Automotive Service Excellence Master Automotive Technician); Drivability Technician; Heavy Line Technician; Lube Technician; Master Automotive Technician; Master Technician; Mechanic; Oil Bay Technician; Quick Service Technician; Service Technician; Transmission Rebuilder

Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 3,558

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $29,100 - $59,400

Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2019-2029) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2019-2029).

Green Occupation "Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations." -- O*NET

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accurate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on January 29, 2020.