Automotive Technology

Turn the key on a new career in Automotive Technology, where you will learn diagnostics, inspection, and repair of all types of vehicles.

ace LogoThe Automotive Technology Program has met the strict standards required for Master Accreditation from Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation (ASEEF). This is the highest level of achievement recognized by ASEEF.
Clovis Community College operates within the guidelines
of the New Mexico Department of Higher


The Automotive Technology Program offers classroom and laboratory experience, which includes all aspects of diagnostics, repair, and maintenance. Laboratory work on vehicles from a variety of manufacturers gives students a well rounded knowledge of the industry. Students become familiar with computerized technical manuals and multiple diagnostic hand and power tools used every day by professional line technicians. Training includes the application of diagnostics, parts inspection, and repair or replacement of failed components.

In this program, students will study:

  • Automotive Electronics
  • Engine Repair & Performance
  • Automatic & Manual Transmissions
  • Transaxle Theory
  • Engine Repair Diagnostics
  • Suspension and Steering Theory
  • Brake Systems/Antilock Brake Systems
  • Automotive HVAC

CCC's Automotive Technology program is also a great spring board for students who are interested in a bachelor's degree in areas such as engineering, sales, or marketing in the automotive industry. 

Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology


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First Semester (Fall I):

  • AT 100 Intro to Automotive Electronics (4 Credit)
  • COMM 1130 Public Speaking OR COMM 2120 Interpersonal Communication (3 Credit)
  • ENGL 1110 English Composition I (3 Credit )
  • MATH 1130 Survey of Mathematics (3 Credit)



Second Semester (Spring I)

  • AT 111 Engine Repair Theory (3 Credits)
  • AT 111L Engine Repair Lab. (2 Credits)
  • AT 112 Auto Trans/Transaxle Theory (3 Credits)
  • AT 112L Auto Trans/Transaxle Lab (2 Credits)
  • AT 121 Engine Repair Diagnostics (2 Credits)
  • AT 122 Electronic Trans Diagnostics (1 Credit)
  • Social & Behavioral Science (3 Credits)



Third Semester (Summer): 

  • AT 113 Manual Trans Theory (2 Credits)
  • AT 113L Manual Trans Lab (1 Credit)
  • AT 217 Auto HVAC Theory (2 Credits)
  • AT 217L Auto HVAC Lab (1 Credit)
  • Humanities OR Arts (3 Credits)



Fourth Semester (Fall II): 

  • AT 114 Suspension & Steering Theory (3 Credits)
  • AT 114L Suspension & Steering Lab (2 Credits)
  • AT 115 Brake Systems Theory (3 Credits)
  • AT 115L Brake Systems Lab (2 Credits)
  • AT 124 Fund Electronic Steering Sys (2 Credits)
  • AT 125 Fundamentals of ABS (2 Credits)
  • AT 120 Welding for Automotive Tech (2 Credits)



Fifth Semester (Spring II): 

  • AT 216 Auto Electronics Theory (3 Credits)
  • AT 216L Auto Electronics Lab (2 Credits)
  • AT 218 Engine Performance Theory (6 Credits)
  • AT 218L Engine Performance Lab (4 Credits)



 Total Credits Required: 69 

The Automotive Technology program is a full-time occupational technology program that allows students to complete program requirements in just 3 semesters and a summer.  Classes are Monday - Thursday from 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Students can start in either the fall or spring semester. 

Upon completion of the full-time program students can earn certificates of completion from CCC in Automotive Power Train Systems and Automotive Chassis Systems. In addition, students are also eligible to take Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams in eight areas.  These courses all feed into the Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology.  Students can complete the associate degree requirements in 2 additional semesters.

Individuals interested in applying for admission to the full-time Automotive Technology program must:

  1. Complete an Application of Admission and submit it to the Admissions and Records Office.
  2. Complete an Occupational Technology Program Application and submit it to the Faculty Phase IV Secretary in Room 403 or email it to
  3. Complete the Accuplacer or other appropriate placement test and meet the minimum score requirements.  Please see an Academic Advisor for more information.
  4. Complete AT 100 (Introduction to Automotive Electronics) with a "C" or better

Upon completion of all admissions requirements, students will be placed on a waiting list based on the date in which all admissions requirements are completed.  Students will be notified by letter once they have been accepted into the automotive technology program and must register by the deadline provided in order to secure a spot in the program.  Students who receive a letter but do not register prior to the deadline will be moved to the bottom of the waiting list. Open enrollment will begin the Monday preceding the first week of classes.  During open enrollment, any student who has met all requirements may register for the full-time program on a first-come, first-served  basis provided there is still availability in the program.  Students accepted into any Occupational Technology program must register prior to the first day of class. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics names automotive technology as one of the top 20 jobs with relatively high median earnings and the potential for significant job openings over the next decade. The jobs run the gamut from line technician to service consultant, service director or store owner. Employment can be found working in parts, distribution and the growing field of high-performance machining and rebuilding. Still other technicians find themselves moving into sales, marketing and business management.  As the number of vehicles in use continues to rise, more entry-level service technicians will be needed to do basic maintenance and repair. 

In 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed the median annual salary of automotive technicians at $44,050 and reports that those with formal post-secondary training will be more competitive for entry-level jobs.   Auto Mechanics were recently named in the Top 27 Recession Proof Jobs  by Money Crashers.


State Disclosure - Automotive Technology

The United States Department of Education requires that every institution of higher education obtain authorization from each state in which it offers distance education opportunities for programs requiring licensure. 

Clovis Community College’s professional licensure programs are designed to prepare students for a license in the state of New Mexico. Students who wish to practice in a state other than New Mexico may or may not have additional requirements to complete prior to applying for a license. 

Contact Info

For more information about CCC's Automotive Technology program, please contact:

Paul Blair


Jennifer Duke
Academic Advisor/Transitional Studies Case Management Specialist