Transportation Technologies, Certificate of Achievement

Automotive General Service Technician

The Certificate of Achievement, Automotive General Service Technician program trains individuals in basic automotive repair and maintenance. Graduates of the program will be well qualified for entry level automotive maintenance and parts store positions. Successful students complete the core areas of ASE training. All general service training may be applied toward other automotive certificate and degree programs.

Certificate Outcomes

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Identify and implement safety procedures involved in diagnosis, service, and repair of all major light vehicle components and systems.
  • Analyze and interpret diagnostic and test information to formulate correct repair procedures.
  • Demonstrate correct repair strategies and techniques by applying knowledge of system operation and demonstration of mechanical skills to accomplish repair tasks.

Gainful Employment

While all of the educational programs at Truckee Meadows Community College are designed to lead to either employment or transfer, the Department of Education requires that we provide information on specific certificate programs. Specific information on the cost of this program is available here.  We hope this information is helpful to you as you make your career and educational choices.


Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to an associate degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
BUS 107Business Speech Communications3
or COM 113 Fundamentals of Speech Communications
Human Relations3
Strongly recommended:
Workplace Readiness
Math for Technicians (or higher)
Certificate Requirements
AUTO 101General Auto4
AUTO 111Automotive Electricity4
AUTO 112Automotive Electricity II4
AUTO 136Engine Repair5
AUTO 145Automotive Brakes5
AUTO 150Steering and Suspension Systems5
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Total Units37
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AUTO 101 General Auto (Summer) 4
 Semester Total4
2nd semester
AUTO 111 Automotive Electricity 4
Mathematics 1 3
AUTO 112 Automotive Electricity II 4
AUTO 136 Engine Repair 5
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
 Semester Total17
3rd semester
Human Relations 1 3
Communications 1 3
AUTO 145 Automotive Brakes 5
AUTO 150 Steering and Suspension Systems 5
 Semester Total16
 Total Units37

See program recommendations or requirements.