Entering students will study, through lecture and hands-on training, the fundamentals of automotive service, which includes an introduction to automotive systems, and further study in the ASE automotive specialty areas of: brakes, steering and suspension and electrical systems. Automotive Technology students will continue their career preparation by studying the more advanced principles of automotive service and repair, which includes course work in the following ASE specialty areas: Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission, Manual Drive Train, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Heating and Air Conditioning and Engine Performance. Upon completion of the Automotive Service Fundamentals Certificate program, graduates will be eligible for entry level employment at facilities focused on under-car repair and service. Upon completion of the Automotive Technology Certificate program, graduates will be eligible for entry level employment at dealerships and independent repair facilities.
Students are required to purchase textbooks, tools and personal safety equipment. One must not be allergic to fuels, oils and chemicals used in industry. Most employers require a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
Students are encouraged to pursue the Transportation Technology program.
Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.
There is a local and national shortage of automotive technicians. Students who earn this certificate can find jobs in automotive dealerships and independent repair facilities that perform all phases of automotive service and repair.