America runs on four wheels, and it’s speeding up. Self-driving cars, electrics, hybrids, and new innovations every year means that now is a fantastic time to become a qualified Automotive Technician. Every day “under the hood” will bring you a new surprise or challenge, so it’s no wonder US News & World Report ranked Automotive Technicians as one of the “100 Best Jobs in America.”

Our program was designed in partnership with local industry to teach you the exact skills you need to get a great job. We’ll even help you find that job. Our hands-on full-time program is geared toward turning you into an Automotive Technician employers are eager to hire.

Automotive Technology Certificate of Competency

Fall Day Program
Program Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 1:30pm*

Fall Afternoon Program
Program Hours:  Monday – Friday, 12:30pm – 6:00pm*

Program Coordinator, Jason Jones: 908-526-1200 x8507 or jason.jones@raritanval.edu

*Subject to change

RVCC's Automotive Partners in Education:
      

AUTO 101
Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety

Prerequisite: Elementary Algebra (Math 020) or appropriate score on placement test.  This course will provide an overview of basic theory and functions of all automotive systems.  This course will also introduce students to automotive industry standard practices including shop safety, use of chemicals, documenting repair estimates and work orders, identifying careers in the auto industry, and learning employability skills. Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with the tools, service procedures, and safety customary to the automotive field. This course will prepare students for OSHA 10 hour certifications in general industry safety.

 In the lab, students will learn a hands-on strategy using different types of lifting equipment, perform basic maintenance of the shop, and learn how to use a variety of hand tools, power tools, and precision measurement tools. Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

MATH 020 Elementary Algebra is a prerequisite/corequisite for this course.

AUTO 150
Automotive Brake Systems

Co-requisite: AUTO 101 – Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety.  This course is an overview of the brake system. Training will cover the entire brake system and complete brake servicing. Inspection diagnosis, adjustment, and repair of drum, disc, hydraulics, and anti-lock brake systems will be performed.  Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTO 120
Automatic Transmission & Drive Trains

Co-requisite: AUTO 101 – Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety. This course will cover the theoretical understanding of principles, maintenance and adjustments required for today’s automatic transmissions, transaxles, drive shafts, final drives and all-wheel drive units. Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUT0 130
Clutches & Manual Transmissions

Co-requisite: AUTO 101 – Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety.  Fundamental principles and types of clutches and manual transmissions and their component parts are covered.  Students will experience the installation and adjustment of clutches, manual transmissions, universal parts and other components such as drive shafts.  Diagnosis and service of standard transmissions are included.  Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTO 160
Automotive Electrical Systems

Co-requisite: AUTO 101 – Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety.  Principles of electricity, circuitry and service are included in this course.  It will cover ignition, charging, lighting and warning systems.  Skills in trouble-shooting the automotive electrical system will be developed with the use of modern testing and service equipment.  Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTO 140
Steering & Suspension Systems

Co-requisite: AUTO 101 – Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety. This course will cover the theory involved in front and rear suspension, steering geometric angles, weight distribution, wheel balancing and alignment. Practice is provided in diagnosing and servicing these systems of an automobile.  Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTO 170
Automotive Cooling & Climate Control Systems

Co-requisite: AUTO 101 – Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety. This course includes a study of cooling, heating, defrosting and air conditioning systems. Maintenance, diagnosis and repair of the systems are covered using lecture and lab experiences. Electrical and/or vacuum circuits and controls are emphasized. Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTO 110
Engine Systems & Emission Control

Co-requisite: AUTO 101 – Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety.  This course will include a study of theories and practice of various automotive engine systems with respect to theory and operation of the internal combustible engine, the OTTO cycle, lubricating system, and coolant system.  Training is provided in diagnosing, repairing, and theory of the following subsystems: cylinder block, cylinder heads, intake and exhaust systems with emphasis on emission control systems.  Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTO 180
Advanced Automotive Diagnosis

Prerequisite: AUTO 101 – Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety, AUTO 110 – Engine Systems & Emission Control, and AUTO 160 – Automotive Electrical Systems. Theory and lab practices in methods of locating automotive malfunctions. The use of up-to-date testing equipment, including the scan tool and lab scope are used in checking the electrical, ignition, emissions system, and general engine conditions. Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTO 280
Automotive Practicum/Internship

The 100-hour Automotive Practicum is designed to provide the student with professional experience in the automotive field. Students must demonstrate mastery of required skills for evaluation. Emphasis is placed on preparing the student to perform safely and competently in a shop environment. Students are to maintain a consistent level of professionalism, appearance, and attendance throughout the entire practicum.

You must meet the following requirements to be admitted into the program:

  • Complete the steps on the checklist
  • Be able to lift 50 lbs. and move from variable positions.
  • Have a valid driver’s license with 3 or fewer points against it.  A negative driving record may impact your employment placement.
  • Be able to stand for extended periods of time working with your arms over your head.
  • Be able to work in a non-environmentally controlled (hot and cold) climate.
  • Demonstrate readiness to complete payments on time

Students in need of accommodations are encouraged to do so in advance by contacting the Office of Disability Services at (908) 526-1200 x8418 or x8921. 

Automotive Technology Program Application Checklist

Check each item below as you complete requirement(s). 

  • Attend an Auto Tech Information Session. The session will explain in detail about the program and give you a chance to ask questions. You will receive an automotive technology program information packet during the session. Dates, times and locations can be found at Open Houses & Info Sessions.

  • Financial Assistance. The Automotive Technology program is currently not eligible for federal or state student financial aid.  If you seek outside private financial assistance you must complete your private loan applications with your bank or lending institutions as soon as possible.  You must coordinate your payments with the finance office for any payment plans.
     

  • Submit your official final high school transcript or GED Score Report or Diploma after graduation to the Admissions Office, PO Box 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876. The official high school transcript, which includes your graduation date, must be sealed in an unopened envelope.

  • Submit previous college official transcript(s) if any, to the Office of Enrollment Services, PO Box. 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876-1265.

  • Submit a copy of your driver’s license to the Admissions Office in person, or by fax to (908) 429-4314.
     

  • Schedule an interview. Please call Jason Jones 908-526-1200 x8507 to schedule your interview.  You may also schedule by email to jason.jones@raritanval.edu.

  • Attend interview. Prepare for this interview as you would a job interview.  Be prepared to explain why you should be accepted into RVCC’s Auto Tech program and why you are interested in a career as an Automotive Technician. The interview will be approximately 45 minutes.

  • Complete placement testing at the RVCC Testing Center (L029), located to the left of the main reception desk on the main campus. You will need a photo ID and our student ID (G#).  You will be given Math and English placement tests (Accuplacer).  College transcripts or high SAT scores, might exempt you from the Math and English parts of the testing. Allow approximately 2 hours for the testing. We recommend that you prepare ahead of time by studying for the Math and English – for test prep click here.