FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Must I provide my own tools?
No. The automotive department has all tools and test equipment that you may need. Each student pays a $40 tool deposit fee each semester which is partially refundable at the end of the semester.
- Will I be ASE certified at the completion of the program?
No. Everyone must take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests to be certified. However, you will be well prepared to take these tests at the completion of your automotive training.
- As a certificate student, may I take courses not required in this option?
Yes. You may take any course(s) offered by this department (or any other at the college) in addition to those required in the certificate program. As a result, this will extend the time needed for the completion of your degree. Financial Aid may not cover additional courses.
- Are there other costs involved?
Yes. Each student pays a $50 tool fee each semester. In addition, many of the courses require purchasing parts to complete various lab requirements. Depending on the course, these costs can range from $50 to $500.
- Can I receive credit for any of the automotive courses I've taken in high school or vocational technical school?
Possibly. We have articulation agreements with many of the high schools and vo-tech schools in the tri-state area. This agreement allows two credit hours toward the Related Automotive course at no charge.
- Will there be much hands-on experience?
YES! All of our courses have lab requirements which entail many hours of hands-on work.
- Is there any financial help available?
Yes. The Financial Aid office can provide the necessary paperwork to apply for various state and federal aid programs. In addition to the scholarships specifically for automotive students, there are hundreds more available through our Foundation Office.
- How do I get started at ACM?
First complete the registration process and meet with an Automotive Technology Instructor. Then attend the required Automotive Technology Orientation - Date and Time of Orientation will be given to you at the appointment with the instructor (it is generally the day before classes start)