As vehicles have become more technologically advanced, individuals who repair and maintain vehicles have been required to adapt from knowing simple repairs to understanding and completing more advanced repairs. Students interested in automotive schooling often enroll in undergraduate certificate or associate degree programs, which might offer specializations in auto body repair or brand-specific automotive repair, such as Lexus and Toyota or GM. Apprenticeships are also available. Profiled below are 10 of the largest schools in New York offering automotive training, along with a comparison table detailing specific degree programs and tuition prices.
Corning Community College
Corning Community College offers associate's degree and certificate options for students interested in automotive schools from its location near the Pennsylvania border in Corning. The school's Associate in Applied Science program prepares students for entry-level careers as service technicians or shop supervisors, while potentially serving as a springboard to a 4-year program at a different school. The Associate in Occupational Studies program, on the other hand, is intended for individuals interested in specializing in specific areas of automotive maintenance, including steering and suspension, engine performance and brake systems. A shorter certificate program is also offered.
CUNY Bronx Community College
The lone program of its kind within the City University of New York system, the automotive technology associate's degree program at Bronx Community College (BCC) prepares students for careers in automotive repair and maintenance at the school's location in the western part of the Bronx. The associate's degree program requires students to complete 60 credit hours, 30 of which come from the automotive core; those same 30 credit hours also compose the automotive certificate program at BCC. Students take coursework in brake systems, engine repair and diesel technology, among other disciplines.
Erie Community College
The 2-year college of the city of Buffalo, Erie Community College offers certificate and associate's degree programs to over 12,000 students, including 3 different associate's degree programs in automotive technology. Consisting of 67 credit hours, the general associate's degree program at Erie teaches students how to repair manual transmissions and transaxles, alignment and suspension, air conditioning and heating. Cooperative associate's degree programs with Ford and Chrysler are also available for students who wish to gain hands-on experience working with those respective dealerships.
Farmingdale State College
Farmingdale State College has automotive programs available at both the associate's and bachelor's degree levels at its Long Island location in Farmingdale. The bachelor's degree program is naturally more intensive, requiring 125 credit hours for completion compared to the 66 credit hours in the associate's degree program. An additional 18 credit hours of automotive business management courses are included within the bachelor's degree curriculum. Courses included in both degree programs are combustion engine theory, automotive electrical principles and applied mechanics.
Hudson Valley Community College
Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) offers more than 70 degree programs for the roughly 12,177 students at its Troy campus. The 2-year public school offers 2 associate's degree programs in automotives. The automotive technical services associate's degree program teaches students the skills to inspect and repair gasoline engines through classroom instruction and hands-on experience in laboratory settings.
HVCC also offers an associate's degree program in auto body repair, which includes core courses in frame repair, collision repair, cost estimation and refinishing. All programs require students to acquire a set of professional tools and possess a valid driver's license.
Monroe Community College
Attended by roughly 15,335 students, Monroe Community College is a 2-year public institution of higher learning based in Rochester. The college offers 3 different associate's degree programs in automotive technology. Students can enroll in the General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program, a partnership with General Motors dealers that trains students specifically in repairing and maintaining GM vehicles. Monroe also has a partnership with Toyota and Lexus that provides an associate's degree program for individuals interested in repairing these vehicles.
A 3-year automotive apprentice program is also available, which requires students to work full-time in the day as apprentice mechanics and spend 2-3 nights per week in classes. This program, which includes general education courses, awards an Associate in Applied Science. A certificate program in automotive technology is available, as well, which includes 30 credits of course and hands-on lab work during 50 weeks of study. Students can apply the certificate coursework toward the associate's degree program, if desired.
Onondaga Community College
An Associate in Occupational Science in Automotive Technology program is offered at Onondaga Community College at its Syracuse campus. The 63-credit-hour program requires students to understand the basics of automotive electrical systems, engine concepts, chassis repair and climate control systems. General education courses in English, math and physics are also required.
Rockland Community College
Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Rockland Community College is located in the New York City suburb of Suffern and is attended by over 7,000 students. The school offers an associate's degree program in automotive technology, which consists of between 67 and 69 credit hours, 40 of which must come from automotive core courses. These courses cover all major areas of vehicle repair. An additional 6 credits must be completed in English and social sciences, with the remaining required credits divvied up between science, math, humanities and electives.
Suffolk County Community College
With close to 26,600 students attending courses at its Long Island location in Selden, Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) is the largest college offering automotive programs in the state. The school's automotive service specialist associate's degree program allows students to concentrate on maintaining and repairing vehicles from 3 different dealers (General Motors, Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura). Students can also choose to not specialize in any one of these manufacturers and pursue a more general education. Coursework examines the operating, electrical and computer systems in a variety of vehicles and requires students to complete 4 separate practicum sessions.
SUNY College of Technology at Canton
The Canton campus of SUNY offers an associate's degree program in automotive technology. Through an agreement made with Subaru in 2012, this program is being sponsored by Subaru. This means that the automotive lab at Canton is an official Subaru training site. The program provides students with the opportunity to work with newer technology and gain a Subaru certification. Courses in the 4-semester program include suspension, welding, manual transmissions and engine performance. This program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Automotive Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Corning Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Certificate in Automotive Mechanics,
Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology,
Associate in Occupational Studies in Automotive Technology
| $4,774 in-state,
|CUNY Bronx Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Certificate in Automotive Mechanics,
Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology
| $5,206 in-state,
|Erie Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology (MOPAR Chrysler College Automotive Program Option),
Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology (Ford Asset Option)
| $5,189 in-state,
|Farmingdale State College||4-year, public; large suburb|| Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Automotive Management Technology
| $7,808 in-state,
|Hudson Valley Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Associate in Occupational Studies in Automotive Technical Services,
Associate in Occupational Studies in Automotive Technical Services - Autobody Repair
| $5,188 in-state,
|Monroe Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Automotive Technology Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Apprentice Training: Automotive,
Associate in Applied Science in General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program,
Associate in Applied Science in Toyota/Lexus Technical Educational Network
| $4,554 in-state,
|Onondaga Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Occupational Science in Automotive Technology|| $5,014 in-state,
|Rockland Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology|| $4,654 in-state,
|Suffolk County Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Service Specialist|| $5,100 in-state,
|SUNY College of Technology at Canton||4-year, public; remote town||Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology|| $7,855 in-state,
Source: *NCES College Navigator.