Nov 29, 2023  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Automotive Technology: Fundamentals Certificate (AUTO-CC-AF)

Location(s): Naugatuck Valley

CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024

  • New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this catalog. 
  • Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
  • The policies, courses and programs described are applicable as of the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.

The Automotive Fundamentals program seeks to meet the needs of individuals interested in a basic exposure to and/or an exploratory opportunity in the automotive technology field.


  • To provide an understanding of the basic operating principles of an automobile.
  • To provide in-depth theory of brake, steering and suspension systems.

Target Population: Individuals interested in a basic exposure to automotive systems. Individuals interested in an exploratory opportunity in automotive technology.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to: Program should be able to:

  • Relate knowledge of theory and safety to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  • Identify and use appropriate tools, testing and measurement equipment to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  • Use current reference and training materials from accepted industry publications and standards to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  • Relate knowledge of general engine diagnosis and repair, including but not limited to the engine’s: cylinder heads, valve train, block, lubrication, and cooling system.
  • Relate knowledge of suspension and steering systems (including wheel and tire), diagnosis, service, adjustments, alignment and repair.
  • Relate knowledge of general disc and/or drum brake system, hydraulics, power assist, and ABS (antilock brakes), maintenance, adjustment, diagnosis, and repair.

The courses in the program are accredited by Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation (A.S.E.).

This Certificate will prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation (A.S.E.) G1, A1, A4, A5, A6 exams.