Courses and Classes Overview

Classes in automobile technology train students for hands-on careers as mechanics or other auto repair professionals. These courses are normally completed during a certificate or degree program in the subject. Read on to see what you’ll learn in automobile technology courses.

Essential Information

Automobile technology programs are most often offered at the certificate and associate’s degree levels by community colleges and technical schools. Both prepare students to become auto repair professionals, though an associate’s degree can lead to employment in a supervisory position for individuals with experience.

Our Automobile Programs

Introduction to Automotive Technology

Brake Systems

To begin an education in automotive technology the first course a student should take is an introductory course. In an intro to automotive technology class, students take a general look into the major auto systems, which include cooling, engine, steering and suspension, transmission, electrical and braking systems. Students study manuals and focus their studies on potential future career opportunities, shop safety, certifications and environmental issues.

Most courses in an automotive technology program are self-contained and can be taken any time during a student’s education. Many courses, such as the brake systems course, specialize in one area and prepare students for the ASE certification in that area. Through classroom study and lab work, students gain hands-on experience inspecting and repairing drum, disk and anti-lock brakes. Wheel cylinder, master cylinders and hydraulics are also studied.

Engine Repair


Diagnosing and repairing engines and their components is the main focus of this course. Through hands-on experience, students gain knowledge of the disassembly and reassembly of diesel and gasoline engines, head gaskets and timing belts. This is an essential course in any automobile technology degree or certificate program.

During this course, students learn how to diagnose, repair and install three-, four- and five-speed transmissions. Students pay special attention to advanced computer controlled transmissions and trans-axles. Students explore the differences between manual and automatic transmissions and learn how to diagnose and repair problems in each.