Automotive Technology Certificate of Achievement (Certificate of Achievement, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Certificate of Achievement

Program Description


Covers the various systems found on today’s vehicles, including electrical, fuel, ignition, power, and drive train. Course work provides a broad background in numerous fields allied to the automobile industry and provides actual experience to strengthen understanding of the theory learned in the classroom. Laboratory classrooms are equipped with some of the latest equipment, including representative types of engines, chassis, transmissions, rear axles, and considerable testing equipment. This program can be completed individually or applied to the Associate degree in Automotive Technology. Because this certificate transfers into a two-year degree program, it is highly recommended that students complete certificate requirements prior to degree requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proper use of special tools.
  2. Use safety equipment properly.
  3. Dissemble, perform critical measurements, resemble, and demonstrate satisfactory operation of components.
  4. Perform job specific tasks as required for NATEF accreditation.
  5. Demonstrate proper use of tools and equipment commonly found in industry.
  6. Research proper service information using common current industry technology.
  7. Demonstrate proper care and use of emerging technology tools and equipment.
  8. Demonstrate proper care and use of alternative energy tools and equipment.
  9. Demonstrate proficiency and understanding of emerging technologies.
Career Opportunities

• Dynamometer Technician
• Parts Manager
• Product Test Technician
• Service Manager
• Service Technician


The Automotive Technology Certificate program is fully certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), and is fully accredited as a MAST (Master Automotive Service Technology) program by the ASE Education Foundation. 1503 Edwards Ferry Rd., NE Suite 401 Leesburg, VA 20176

Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2020 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.