Automotive Systems Technology

There are more than 250 million cars, trucks, and buses on the road today - all requiring maintenance, inspection, and repair. As a result, the need for skilled, automotive technicians is greater than ever. Our automotive systems technology program will equip you with the technical knowledge and skills you need to be successful in the transportation industry and find employment.

What You Will Learn

Our automotive training includes both classroom and lab experiences that will teach you how to repair, service, and maintain automobiles of all different makes and models. Class time is spent studying theory, the servicing and operation of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, steering/suspension, automatic transmission/transaxles, engine repair, climate control, and manual drive trains.

When you finish the automotive technology program, you will be able to:

  • apply broad, in-depth knowledge of basic automotive systems encountered in a typical repair environment and be able to fully utilize service information
  • perform basic electrical and mechanical diagnosis, measurement, and repair of vehicles using appropriate tools, equipment, procedures, and service information
  • describe the operation of, diagnose, and repair complex control systems using appropriate test equipment and service information

Upon completion, you'll not only be prepared to take the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) exam, but will also be ready to enter the workforce as a full-time, automotive service technician, working in a dealership, fleet shop, or independent repair shop.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), demonstrating the strength and caliber of our curriculum and faculty. As a result, we:

  • have secured a number of partnerships with transport systems businesses all over the country that want to sponsor our students
  • are home to a variety of specialized manufacturer-based training programs, such as BMW, GM, and Honda
  • became the first community college in the country to host the Tesla START program, a partnership that provides students with the skills necessary for job placement as service technicians at Tesla service centers

In addition, our degree program contains a work-based learning component that will allow you to gain career experience while earning money. Successful graduates of our program are often working before they graduate. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the Skills USA - Automotive student organization.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

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Dual-enrolled Student Pursues Automotive Technology Certificate

Omar Cruz pursues his ACE certifications at Central Piedmont while finishing his senior year in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

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Automotive Careers and Average Salaries

Upon completion of automotive training at Central Piedmont, you will be prepared to take the ASE exam and be ready for full-time employment in dealerships, fleet shops, and independent repair shops in the automotive service industry. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed automotive systems technology career opportunities, salary information, and job openings

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Central Piedmont Workplace Learning Programs

Today's job market is more competitive than ever before. That's why you should get serious about distinguishing yourself from other applicants. How? By getting valuable work experience through an apprenticeship, internship, or work-based learning course.

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