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Automotive Technology One-Year Career Program

This certificate program is structured for the student who wishes to pursue a career as an automotive service technician and also for the individual now employed in the automotive field who wishes to further his or her technical skills. This course of study provides the student with the knowledge of the mechanical systems used in modern automobiles and the diagnostic and repair skills required by dealerships, independent repair facilities, and other auto-related industries. The equipment available in our state-of-the art automotive lab facility provides the opportunity for intensive hands-on training. This certificate program can be completed during the fall and spring semesters of the regular academic year.

This is a career program and is designed to enable students to seek employment at the program's completion. All credits in the certificate program are applicable to the associate degree program. Our program has been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and certified to meet the requirements designated by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) in the areas of brakes, engine performance, electrical systems, and suspension and steering. Additional charges for automotive technology students will include a $40 replacement tool fee, which is proportionately refundable.

The Automotive Technology program at Allegany College of Maryland has been designated as a Statewide Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. This means that Maryland residents from outside Allegany County may be eligible for in-county tuition rates. Some restrictions apply. Funding availability for this program may change each semester. Check with the Admissions Office for more information. Successful completion of this program qualifies a student to apply for a certificate in Automotive Technology. In addition, graduation from this program will count toward the work experience requirement needed when applying for ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) testing.

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