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Automotive Technology

The benefit of a program like Macomb Community College is their automotive program has been around a long time. I’ve been involved in the hiring of technicians and young technicians for a number of years and have used Macomb repeatedly. -Jim Grove, Service Director of Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy

What is Automotive Technology?

Mechanical skills are just the beginning when it comes to keeping today’s cars and trucks running at their maximum potential. Built with ever increasing levels of technological sophistication, the modern automobile far surpasses what even Carroll Shelby envisioned when he placed his “massive motor” inside a “tiny lightweight car” and gave the world the Shelby Mustang. Because of the high degree of technology involved, most automotive technicians choose to specialize in one area.

Macomb’s Automotive Technology Program

Macomb’s Automotive Technology Program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and will teach you how to diagnose, repair and maintain the parts and systems of the modern automobile. Your training will include working on vehicles in modern service bays on South Campus, using the most up-to-date diagnostic and repair tools and equipment available.

If you want to specialize, certificate options include: Brakes & Suspension, Driveability & Diagnosis, Driveline, Electrical & Air Conditioning, Engines and a Skills Specific Certificate in Alternative Fuel.

Macomb Community College also offers the GM ASEP (General Motors - Automotive Service Education Program).  Click the links at the right for additional information.  

Automotive Technology Courses at Macomb:

• Automotive Systems
• Automotive Electrical Systems
• Automatic Transmission Theory and Diagnosis
• Automotive Brake Systems
• Automotive Suspension Component Service
• Automotive Fuel Systems
• Automotive Manual Transmission & Powertrain Systems
• Automotive Rear Wheel Drive
• Automotive Front Wheel Drive
• Automotive Electronics
• Automotive Engines
• Automotive Suspension Alignment Procedures
• Automotive Ignition & Emissions Systems
• Automotive Air Conditioning Theory & Service
• Automotive Upper Engine Service
• Automotive Lower Engine Service
• Automotive Driveline Laboratory
• Automotive Driveability & Diagnosis

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology and/or a Certificate or Skill Specific Certificate

With an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology from Macomb, you will be qualified for positions that include automotive service technician, mechanic and automotive engineering technician.
With a certificate in one of the five specialty areas or with a Skill-Specific Certificate in Alternative Fuels, you will be qualified for positions that include automotive service technician and mechanic.

Transfer Pathways to Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Automotive Technology

Credits earned in Macomb’s Automotive Technology Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan and may be applied to a bachelor’s degree program.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Technology, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Automotive Technology Program?

For more information on Macomb’s Automotive Technology Program, contact one of the Automotive Technology Program advisors:

Professor Dan Claus, 586.445.7010
Professor Kurtis LaHaie, 586.445.7267
Professor Dan Prater, 586.445.7015
Professor David Roland, 586.445.7379
Professor Matt Rossow, 586.445.7227
Professor Stan Urban, 586.445.7290

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“The experience has been awesome. I have been with these same guys for two years and some of them will probably be lifelong friends,” says Samantha Leonardi, a Macomb sophomore working as an auto service tech at Merollis Chevrolet. “The experience at the dealership has been great as well.  I have learned a lot and made a lot of friends there too.”


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