Students on the path to a career in automotive have several opportunities at Highland. Program graduates will be able to enter careers in repairing and servicing vehicles after earning an Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree or certificate. The Highland automotive program has a 93% completion rate.
Possible Career Paths
- General technicians
- Specialist in engines, brakes, drive trains, transmissions, steering/suspension, electrical systems, tune-up/emission control, or heating/air conditioning
Automotive Service Level I and II
Automotive service (Cert.) students are well prepared for employment in this area as a result of their HCC education. Highland automotive programs include auto body repair, automatic transmissions and air conditioning, automotive mechanics, engine performance, engine repair, manual drive trains and axles, suspension and steering, and brakes. Since there are record numbers of automobiles on the highways, HCC recognizes the need for specialized professionals in this field. Completion of this certificate prepares students for the ASE Certification Tests. ASE accepts the two-year HCC auto program as one year of work experience.
Completion of the Automotive Service Level I and Level II certificate will provide all of the courses that a student will need to help prepare to become an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certified Automobile Service Technician. The program is accredited through ASEEF (Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation).
The automotive mechanics associate of applied science (AAS) program prepares students through the combination of work and education, for employment in the areas of computerized engine controls, air conditioning, transmissions, alignments, brakes, and engine overhaul. Certification is possible for automotive service excellence/master automobile technician.
Completion of this degree will provide all of the courses that a student will need to prepare to become an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certified Automobile Service Technician. The program is accredited through ASEEF (Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation). Workplace experience is encouraged and may be made available.
Contact Automotive Department
Vicki Schulz, Advisor and Transfer Coordinator
Our Automotive Faculty
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
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