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Automotive Technology

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Fully accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), our automotive technology degree programs provide hands-on, certified automotive training for skilled entry-level positions in automobile dealerships, independent garages, and motorsports and other auto-related industries. Our department is highly recognized as a leader in training for automotive mechanics and technicians in the industry. This provides a substantial advantage to our graduates in seeking employment.

This program might be for you if:

  • You enjoy driving, learning about, fixing and working with automobiles.
  • You are interested in learning more about automotive technology and car repair.
  • You are looking to gain hands-on experience in a challenging, high paying career path.

In this program, you are also able to receive specific corporate training designed to develop technicians for their respective dealerships: General Motors Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP); Chrysler College Apprenticeship Program (CAP); Ford Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR); and American Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT).

Certificate Programs

One-year Technical Certificate

Automotive Technology

The Automotive Certificate program is designed for students who want to become automotive technicians without pursuing an associate degree. Students will expand their knowledge of the automotive service industry and secure employment with dealerships, independent service shops, machine shops and other corporate service jobs. The Sinclair Automotive Technology programs are master certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF was founded as an independent, nonprofit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry. Since 1983, the NATEF process has resulted in certified automotive training programs in all 50 states at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

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Automotive Technology (Honda PACT)

The Honda Automotive Certificate program is designed to train students to become Honda automotive technicians without pursuing an associate degree. Students will expand their knowledge of the automotive Honda service industry and secure employment with a Honda/Acura dealership. The Sinclair Automotive Technology programs are master certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) NATEF was founded as an independent, nonprofit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry. Since 1983, the NATEF process has resulted in certified automotive training programs in all 50 states at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

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Short-term Technical Certificate

Automotive High Performance

This short-term certificate provides in-depth, hands-on experiences in various areas of high-performance engines, an ideal choice to supplement a degree-seeking student wishing to specialize in the engine and fuel induction areas. The program is also designed to prepare students for the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) engine machinist series. Courses are dedicated to specific areas of engine development: engine blocks, cylinder head and valve train, assembly and dynamometer testing. Fuel systems for performance engines are covered as well.

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Ford Maintenance & Light Repair

This short-term technical certificate prepares service technicians to work in Ford dealerships. Students will be trained to service Ford vehicles in the areas of brakes, steering/suspension, air conditioning and electrical/electronic systems. Apprenticeships at Ford dealerships are not required to participate in this program, but job opportunities are available for those that would like to work full or part time. Graduates receive Ford Service Technician Specialty Training credentials from Ford Motor Corporation. Students desiring to continue their education can do so, without loss of credits, by completing the requirements for the associate degree in the comprehensive automotive technology program. The Sinclair Automotive Technology program is master certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF was founded as an independent, non-profit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry. Since 1982, the NATEF process has resulted in certified automotive training programs in all 50 states at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

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Degree Programs

Automotive Technology - Associate of Applied Science

Fully accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, the Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology provides training for students aspiring to become automotive technicians. Training in automotive management and business operations is a component of the program.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Academic Advising at academicadvising@sinclair.edu .

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Program Accreditation Information
The Sinclair Automotive Technology program is master certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF was founded as an independent, nonprofit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry. Since 1983, the NATEF process has resulted in certified automotive training programs in all 50 states at the secondary and post-secondary levels.


Automotive Technology (Chrysler CAP) - Associate of Applied Science

Fully accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, the Associate of Applied Science in the MOPAR College Automotive Program (CAP) provides training for students aspiring to become automotive technicians for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealerships. Specific Chrysler training is presented to apprentice student technicians as they apply learned content to a co-op work experience. Students attend classes for half a semester and then apprentice at a Chrysler sponsoring dealership the other half. Students are paid for work rendered during the co-op experience. Upon graduation, students will receive hundreds of hours of official Chrysler training credits that are recorded in the corporation's training database. Graduates should be 85% to 90% trained towards meeting the certification requirements for a Chrysler Master Technician. Graduates will also receive an Associate of Applied Science from Sinclair along with a job opportunity from the sponsoring dealer.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Academic Advising at academicadvising@sinclair.edu .

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Program Accreditation Information
The Sinclair Automotive Technology program is master certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF was founded as an independent, nonprofit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry. Since 1983, the NATEF process has resulted in certified automotive training programs in all 50 states at the secondary and post-secondary levels.


Automotive Technology (GM ASEP) - Associate of Applied Science

Fully accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, the Associate of Applied Science in General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) provides training for students aspiring to become automotive technicians for General Motors dealerships or AC Delco independent shops. Specific General Motors training is presented to apprentice student technicians as they apply learned content to a co-op work experience. Students attend classes for half a semester and then apprentice at a GM/AC Delco sponsoring dealership the other half. Students are paid for work rendered during the co-op experience. Upon graduation, students will receive hundreds of hours of official General Motors training credits that are recorded in the corporation's training database. Graduates should be 85 to 90% trained towards meeting the certification requirements for a GM Master Technician. Graduates will also receive an Associate of Applied Science from Sinclair along with a job opportunity from the sponsoring dealer.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Academic Advising at academicadvising@sinclair.edu .

Interested in learning more about this degree program?

Program Accreditation Information
The Sinclair Automotive Technology program is master certified by the NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation). NATEF was founded as an independent, nonprofit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry. Since 1983, the NATEF process has resulted in certified automotive training programs in all 50 states at the secondary and post-secondary levels.


Automotive Technology (Honda PACT) - Associate of Applied Science

The Honda Professional Automotive Career Training program (PACT) is fully accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. This Associate of Applied Science program provides training for students aspiring to become Honda/Acura dealership technicians. Students receive specific Honda technical training resulting in training, credits/certifications from the corporation. These credits/certifications help a student secure employment with a Honda/Acura dealership.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Academic Advising at academicadvising@sinclair.edu .

Interested in learning more about this degree program?

Program Accreditation Information
The Sinclair Automotive Technology programs are master certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) NATEF was founded as an independent, nonprofit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry. Since 1983, the NATEF process has resulted in certified automotive training programs in all 50 states at the secondary and post-secondary levels.


Already know the program that is right for you?

Fill out an online admissions application to get started or visit the New Student Enrollment website to find out more.

Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module »

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including some automotive technology program requirements, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

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Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the automotive technology programs, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: