Auto Technician Program

Program Description

Auto technicians and mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. This program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to service, troubleshoot, and repair basic automotive systems. The class time will be divided into two parts – course content and hands-on shop time which will allow our students to diagnose, repair and do tune-ups/inspections, to name a few.

Course Content

Auto Industry and Safety

This course is designed to teach the students about the auto industry and particularly about how to be
safe while working in the field.

Course Outline

  • Safety in the auto shop
  • Introduction to automotive industry/careers as auto tech
  • Introduction to the REOC auto tech program
  • Work appropriate behavior
  • Soft Skills to promote success in the workplace
  • Service Information
Tools, VIN and Inspections

Students will be shown various tools and how to do various inspections.
Course prerequisites: Passing grade on Introduction and Safety Course

Course Outline

  • Vehicle lifting and hoisting
  • NYS Inspection
  • Shop tools and equipment
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • 21-point-vehicle inspection (bumper to bumper)
  • Torch, Cutting and Grinding Safety
Diagnostics and Wipers

Students will be taught how to read diagnostics and how to replace wipers.
Course prerequisites: Passing grade on Introduction and Safety Course

Course Outline

  • Basic electrical diagnostics
  • Dashboard warning lights and symbols
  • Wiper blade removal and installation
  • Battery and electrical system
  • Bulb service
Brakes and Tires

Students will learn how to repair and replace brakes as well as fixing tires.
Course prerequisites: Passing grade on Introduction and Safety Course

Course Outline

  • Brake diagnostic and repair
  • Mounting and balancing of tires
  • Alignments
Oil Changes and Tune-ups

Students will learn to change the oil and conduct a tune-up.
Course prerequisites: Passing grade on Introduction and Safety Course

Course Outline

  • Vehicle Tune up
  • Oil changes
  • Under-hood inspection
  • Air filter service
  • Cooling system service
  • Fuel and Induction service
  • Automatic, manual transmission, differential and transfer case service

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Job Outlook
About 73,300 openings for automotive service technicians and mechanics are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, at https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493023.htm (visited January 06, 2023)

Job Titles

Automotive Service Technicians and Auto Mechanics

  • Tuition-free learning*
  • Books and supplies**
  • Program certifications**
  • NYS examination fees**
  • Finger printing**
*Applicant must meet eligibility requirements.
**If applicable. Covered costs are reviewed on an individual basis and may be subject to change.

SUNY Rochester EOC Certificate of Completion

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