Automotive Technology

The Division of Engineering and Facilities Technologies

About the Program

Earn your Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in automotive technology at one of New York’s premier automotive schools: TCI College.

Our curriculum combines theory with hands-on experience at our state-of-the-art shop on campus, conveniently located across from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. You’ll learn how to maintain, repair, overhaul and modify motor vehicles and:

  • Use state-of-the-industry equipment designed to support car parts analytics, mechanical repairs and other key functionality.
  • Attend classes on a schedule that fits your schedule—with daytime and evening program options.
  • Understand work orders, technical bulletins, and cost estimates and relate the information to the job at hand.
  • Interpret warranty policy in terms of service reports, component failures and analysis records.
  • Access financial aid that can help make earning your automotive technology degree more affordable than you may think.

Make success your destination
After graduating from TCI, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply your acquired knowledge of the latest technologies to repairing cars.
  • Operate high-tech automotive diagnostic equipment.
  • Use various automotive hand tools.
  • Operate light duty and heavy duty automotive equipment.
  • Understand the full operation of an auto dealership.

No High School Diploma? We Have an Option for You. Complete your high school education while you get your degree in our Career Pathways Program.

It’s no wonder TCI graduates go on to a variety of exciting careers in the automotive field including automotive specialty technician, diagnostic technician, electronic engine controls specialist, computerized fuel systems specialist, emission control service and certification specialist, engine performance testing specialist, computerized electrical diagnostics service manager, parts manager, and automotive equipment specialist.

Military veteran Terry Thabiti enrolled in TCI’s Automotive Technology program to find a much-needed change in career venue. The former prep cook was tired of spending long nights away from his family. Now, the Harlem resident is prepared for a job as an auto technician, which will allow him to support his family—and spend time with them, too.

What career are you looking to build? While I wouldn’t mind starting off at the bottom, if I could land my dream job, it would be working at Gas Monkey Garage or West Coast Custom. But, all I’m really looking to be is the auto technician people trust enough to work on their vehicles. That’s great. Getting paid to do something I love is greater.

What experience here has helped you grow most? I was doing a rear brake job and came across an issue that wasn’t presented in any textbook. If it weren’t for the guidance and experience of the professors, I would not have known how to get around that issue. What I learned was theory can always be applied and is the foundation of this field, but hands-on experience solves problems in the real world.

How will you apply the skills you’re learning here toward your career? The skills I learned at TCI are exactly the kind of experience I need to enter into my field. As an auto technician, being able to include my two years of shop experience on a résumé is a bonus. I’ve even replaced the lower ball joint on a 2007 Lexus LS460L in class. That was my favorite class project.

What do you do outside of class that drives you to meet your personal goals? I’ve worked in the automotive field for five years as a parts manager at AutoZone. I still have friends contact me via telephone and social media for advice—especially since they know I’m getting a degree.

In what ways do you think you best serve your community? I’m living proof that a person from the “ghetto” can rise above the status quo.

What is your greatest accomplishment? I haven’t achieved it yet.

About the Program

Earn your Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in automotive technology at one of New York’s premier automotive schools: TCI College.

Our curriculum combines theory with hands-on experience at our state-of-the-art shop on campus, conveniently located across from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. You’ll learn how to maintain, repair, overhaul and modify motor vehicles and:

  • Use state-of-the-industry equipment designed to support car parts analytics, mechanical repairs and other key functionality.
  • Attend classes on a schedule that fits your schedule—with daytime and evening program options.
  • Understand work orders, technical bulletins, and cost estimates and relate the information to the job at hand.
  • Interpret warranty policy in terms of service reports, component failures and analysis records.
  • Access financial aid that can help make earning your automotive technology degree more affordable than you may think.

Make success your destination
After graduating from TCI, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply your acquired knowledge of the latest technologies to repairing cars.
  • Operate high-tech automotive diagnostic equipment.
  • Use various automotive hand tools.
  • Operate light duty and heavy duty automotive equipment.
  • Understand the full operation of an auto dealership.

No High School Diploma? We Have an Option for You. Complete your high school education while you get your degree in our Career Pathways Program.

It’s no wonder TCI graduates go on to a variety of exciting careers in the automotive field including automotive specialty technician, diagnostic technician, electronic engine controls specialist, computerized fuel systems specialist, emission control service and certification specialist, engine performance testing specialist, computerized electrical diagnostics service manager, parts manager, and automotive equipment specialist.

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