Automotive Technology - A.A.S.

Automotive Technology and Powersports Program Students

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Graduates of the Automotive Technology program experience an exciting period of transition as technologies continue their shift toward much higher fuel efficiency. Recruiters and employers of SUNY Canton's graduates include dealerships, service industries, automobile manufacturers, and parts suppliers. Graduates learn how to troubleshoot, diagnose and repair all aspects of the automobile power train, suspension, steering, braking and air conditioning systems.
Mission Statement:

We educate and train for future Automotive Professionals. Using critical thinking skills, students will understand the history of the industry, evaluate the dynamics of the present, and envision mobility in the future.
Students in this Major:



* Utilize the latest technology in an electronics-based curriculum.
* Acquire extensive hands-on experience in well-equipped laboratories.
* Receive a world class education in automotive mechanical, technical, and services areas.
* Learn on late model cars donated by automotive manufacturers.
* Get special attention from faculty in small laboratory classes.
* Are encouraged to take the Automotive Service Excellence certification test upon completion of course work.
* Enjoy outstanding career placement.

Career Opportunities:

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Service Manager
  • Service Advisor
  • Industrial Research/Development
  • Automotive Machine Shop
  • Auto Parts Manager/Owner
  • Technical Representative
  • Automatic Transmission Technician
  • Wheel Alignment/Suspension Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Fleet Maintenance Supervisor/Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technician

Recent Employers of SUNY Canton Graduates:

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  • Advanced Auto Parts
  • Blevins Brothers dealerships
  • Chrysler Corporation
  • Fay Motors Cadillac Dealership
  • Firestone Tire Company
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors Corporation
  • Goodyear Tire Company
  • Mort Backus and Sons Chevrolet Buick and GMC
  • NAPA Auto Parts
  • Sears
  • Snap-On Tools Corporation
  • Subaru Distribution Corporation
  • Taylor Rental Corporation
  • Toyota (Lexus Division)
  • Troyer Race Car Engineering
  • Various dealerships throughout NYS
  • Many graduates own their own businesses 


    Career Outlook:

    The U.S. Department of Labor cites a strong demand for qualified automotive technicians and master technicians.

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    Transfer Opportunities Include:

    * SUNY Utica/Rome, SUNY Oswego
    * Indiana State University

    National Accreditation:

    SUNY Canton’s automotive technology program has received the highest level of national certification following an extensive review and analysis. The program has received certification by National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). It gives the already-renowned program instant credibility nationwide and will assist graduates in their career pursuits anywhere in the nation.

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    To achieve this coveted recognition, the school’s automotive technology program underwent rigorous evaluation and met or exceeded nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas including instruction, facilities, and equipment.
    Articulation:

    * Applicants who have completed a two year vocational-technical automotive program may qualify for advanced standing (transfer credit).

    Admission Requirements:

    * Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
    * Students must be qualified to entdr Applied College Mathematics (MATH 101)

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