Automotive Technology

Associate of Applied Science

School: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Dean: Melanie Rie,

Program Director: Egbert Shillingford,

Support Staff: TBA

Location: Orangeburg, Phone: 845-359-6011

Why Study Automotive Technology?

The Automotive Technology curriculum, the only one of its kind in the Mid-Hudson Valley, prepares students for a career as an automotive technician. This curriculum develops an understanding of operational principles, service sequences and diagnostic techniques for the automobile. Upon completion of this curriculum, the graduate is prepared for entry-level positions in various areas of the automotive industry dealing with development, testing, diagnosis and service of mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and thermodynamic automotive systems.

Degrees Offered:

Occupational Objectives:

The AAS degree in Automotive Technology will provide students with the training needed to work as an entry level automotive technician in both privately owned businesses and large automotive companies. Students who decide to pursue additional education at the baccalaureate level can transfer to an automotive business management program. However, additional general education courses will need to be completed at the transferring institution.

5 Top Reasons

To Study Automotive Technology at RCC:

  1. VALUE: Affordable tuition, financial aid, scholarships.
  2. CAREER: A wide range of internships to provide real-world experience.
  3. FLEXIBILITY: Balance part-time study with work, family or other time commitments. On-campus childcare available.
  4. SUPPORT: Small class sizes, more individual attention, free tutoring.
  5. TRANSFER: Agreements with many four-year colleges for seamless transfer to pursue multiple bachelor degree options.

Opportunities at Rockland Community College:

There are more than 40 student clubs with special interest and socializing opportunities. Activities include sports, student government, and clubs like Robotics, Video Game & Anime, Chess, Computers, Art, Christian Fellowship, Environment, Haitian, Habitat for Humanity, Hillel, and Outlook, the award-winning student newspaper.

Program Goals:

The degree will provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the workforce as competent entry-level automotive technicians. Students will gain mechanical, technical, critical thinking and diagnostic skills, enhance their personal and professional development and learn to communicate effectively.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop and practice proper safety skills
  • Diagnose and repair automotive faults
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Develop the skills necessary for effective written and oral communication
  • Explore automotive career options