Light Duty Automotive Technician, Transportation Services (Technical Certificate)

Award: Technical Certificate
Program of Study: Transportation Services
Specialization: Light Duty Automotive Technician
Program Code: 1106

About This Program . . .

Students learn the fundamentals of electronics, starters, ignition, and charging systems, air conditioning, brakes, suspension and steering, cooling and heating systems, safety, technical math, use of technical manuals, basic management, communication and leadership skills.  Career options include light duty automotive/diesel technician, parts and service distributor.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit CMU Tech's Programs of Study page.

All CMU/CMU Tech technical certificate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, communication fluency, and critical thinking. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Apply Mathematical concepts and practices that are required to properly perform vehicle repair competencies to an (ASE) Automotive Service Excellence standard. (Quantitative Fluency)
  2. Describe the scope and application of principle features of the field of study, including core practices in the vehicle repair industry. (Specialized Knowledge)
  3. Define the legal and ethical standards required of the vehicle repair industry. (Specialized Knowledge)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Certificate Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU or CMU Tech Technical Certificates. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • Consists of 5-59 semester hours.
  • Consists of 100-200 level courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the credit hours must be taken at CMU/CMU Tech.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/CMU Tech coursework.
  • A grade lower than “C” will not be counted toward meeting the requirements.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed twenty-five percent of the semester credit hours required for a technical certificate.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Certificate Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and certificate requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Program Specific Certificate Requirements

(28 semester hours, must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses.)

  • Additional Expenses – Students entering the program may be required to purchase or have hand tools and appropriate clothing and safety gear with a total cost of approximately $2,500.00.  This does not include cost of required textbooks.  These costs may vary with student need and brand or quality of tools or equipment purchased.  All safety glasses must meet the minimum industry safety standard of Z-87 with side shields.
TSTC 100Introduction to Transportation Services2
TSTC 101Vehicle Service and Inspection3
TSTC 130Electrical I2
TSTC 160Electrical II2
TSTC 170Chassis Fundamentals2
TSTC 171Brakes I2
TSTG 120Industrial Safety Practices2
TSTG 175Brakes II2
TSTG 195Climate Control4
MATH 107Career Math3
Total Semester Credit Hours24
Restricted Electives
Select a minimum of 4 semester hours from the following:4
ABS Diagnostics
Engine Control Services
Body Controls
Alignment and Suspension Service
Hybrid and Alternative Fueled Vehicles
Engine Performance and Emissions
Starting and Charging Systems
Technology in the Automotive Field
Engine Reconditioning
Technology in the Automotive Field II
Total Semester Credit Hours4
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
TSTC 100 Introduction to Transportation Services 2
TSTC 101 Vehicle Service and Inspection 3
TSTC 171 Brakes I 2
TSTG 175 Brakes II 2
TSTC 170 Chassis Fundamentals 2
MATH 107 Career Math 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
TSTC 130 Electrical I 2
TSTC 160 Electrical II 2
TSTG 120 Industrial Safety Practices 2
TSTG 195 Climate Control 4
TSTG/A - Restricted Electives 4
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours28

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a certificate. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and discussing the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for their intended certificate.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a certificate and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their certificate requirements (for one-semester certificates, complete in the first week of class):

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found on the Graduation web page.

If a student's petition for graduation is denied, it will be their responsibility to apply for graduation in a subsequent semester. A student's “Intent to Graduate” does not automatically move to a later graduation date.