Entering students will study, through lecture and hands-on training, the fundamentals of automotive service. This includes an introduction to automotive systems, and further study in the ASE automotive specialty areas of: brakes, steering and suspension and electrical systems. 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. Students who earn certificates in their chosen concentration are encouraged to earn an Associate Degree in Transportation Technology by taking academic and related trades classes, including welding, OSHA compliance, environmental protection, communication, English and physical science. Upon completion of the associate degree program, graduates will be eligible for entry level employment at automotive or medium/heavy duty equipment dealerships and independent repair facilities. Graduates have the potential to work in management and other related areas of service operations.
Although the program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid, there are some possible outside funding options (i.e. VA, DVR, institutional funding, etc.). For more information go to http://www.cnm.edu/depts/financial-aid.
Career opportunities exist in government, independent repair facilities and dealerships for all aspects of the industry including line technician, field service technician, service writer, service manager, warranty and parts specialist and overhaul specialist. The national shortage of technicians in the both the automotive and the diesel truck and heavy equipment fields ensures plentiful employment opportunities with excellent pay and benefits.