Descriptions & Outcomes


Occupational Endorsement Certificates, Automotive

Four occupational endorsement certificate programs are available: Automotive Electrical; Automotive Brakes, Suspension and Alignment; Automotive Power Trains; and Automotive Engine Performance. These programs allow students to develop focused skill sets in high-demand areas of automotive maintenance and repair. At the completion of this certificate program, students are able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in diagnosis and repair of electrical/electronic systems OR automotive brakes, suspension, and alignment OR automotive power trains OR automotive engine performance.
  • Specialized employability skills for maintenance and repair

Undergraduate Certificate, Automotive Technology

This certificate program prepares students to understand the theory of, diagnose, and repair engines, transmissions, transaxles, suspension, steering, brake systems, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning systems, as well as fuel and ignition systems of modern vehicles. At the completion of this undergraduate certificate program, students are able to:

  • Demonstrate technical knowledge and skills necessary for success in the automotive maintenance and repair industry.
  • Demonstrate academic proficiency necessary to pass national examinations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing occupationally related tasks in a professional setting.
  • Integrate knowledge from diverse areas to develop effective diagnostic and repair strategies involving complex systems.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills necessary for success in the workplace.technicians.

Associate of Applied Science, Automotive Technology

This associate’s degree program prepares students to understand the theory of, diagnose, and repair engines, transmissions, transaxles, suspension, steering, brake systems, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning systems, as well as fuel and ignition systems of modern vehicles. At the completion of this Associate of Applied Science degree program, students are able to:

  • Demonstrate technical knowledge and skills necessary for success in the automotive maintenance and repair industry.
  • Demonstrate academic proficiency necessary to pass national examinations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing occupationally related tasks in a professional setting.
  • Integrate knowledge from diverse areas to develop effective diagnostic and repair strategies involving complex systems.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills necessary for success in the workplace.

Undergraduate Certificate, Heavy Duty Transportation and Equipment

The Heavy Duty Transportation and Equipment (HDTE) Undergraduate Certificate is designed to teach students the skills needed to be successful as technicians in the medium and heavy duty truck and equipment service industry. The undergraduate certificate may be completed in five semesters which includes one summer semester of practicum. Laboratory experiences are performed on equipment and components currently used in the heavy duty transportation, construction and power generation industries.

Career opportunities for HDTE graduates include manufacturer and independent repair and maintenance shops, fleets, construction, mining, aviation ground support, and the seafood processing industry. Employers require technicians to be drug free and physically fit, and to have a current vehicle operator’s license with a good driving record. Equal opportunities are available for men and women.

This undergraduate certificate program prepares students to understand the theory of, diagnose, and repair diesel engines, as well as, medium and heavy-duty drive trains, pneumatic and hydraulic brake systems, suspension steering, electrical/electronic systems, and heating and air conditioning systems on medium and heavy duty vehicle applications. At the completion of this undergraduate certificate program, students are able to:

  • Demonstrate technical knowledge and skills necessary for success in the heavy-duty diesel maintenance and repair industry.
  • Demonstrate academic proficiency necessary to pass national examinations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing occupationally related tasks in a professional setting.
  • Integrate knowledge from diverse areas to develop effective diagnostic and repair strategies involving complex systems.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills necessary for success in the workplace.

Associate of Applied Science, Heavy Duty Transportation and Equipment

The Heavy Duty Transportation and Equipment (HDTE) AAS degree is designed to teach students the skills needed to be successful as technicians in the medium and heavy duty truck and equipment service industry. The AAS degree may be completed in five semesters which includes one summer semester of practicum. Laboratory experiences are performed on equipment and components currently used in the heavy duty transportation, construction and power generation industries.

Career opportunities for HDTE graduates include manufacturer and independent repair and maintenance shops, fleets, construction, mining, aviation ground support, and the seafood processing industry.

Employers require technicians to be drug free and physically fit, and to have a current vehicle operator’s license with a good driving record. Equal opportunities are available for men and women.

This Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares students to understand the theory of, diagnose, and repair diesel engines, as well as, medium and heavy-duty drive trains, pneumatic and hydraulic brake systems, suspension steering, electrical/electronic systems, and heating and air conditioning systems on medium and heavy duty vehicle applications. At the completion of this undergraduate certificate program, students are able to:

  • Demonstrate technical knowledge and skills necessary for success in the heavy-duty diesel maintenance and repair industry.
  • Demonstrate academic proficiency necessary to pass national examinations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing occupationally related tasks in a professional setting.
  • Integrate knowledge from diverse areas to develop effective diagnostic and repair strategies involving complex systems.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills necessary for success in the workplace.

Associate of Applied Science, Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology

This associate's degree prepares students with the technical and administrative skills required in today's metal fabrication and inspection environments. Graduates of this program will be able to apply specifications and codes to complete specific job tasks.

At the completion of the program, students are able to demonstrate:

  • Entry-level technical skills in welding and nondestructive examination.
  • Technical knowledge of the interrelationship between welding and inspection processes.
  • Hazard assessments and best safety practices to avoid exposing themselves or others to risk of injury and avoiding damage to equipment.
  • Effective communication with other employees, customers and management.