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Automotive Technology - A.A.S.

*100% placement

March 19th at 7:00 - Valve Cover Races with the Seaway Cruisers in the hall outside the Auto lab, right after Auto Club.

April - “You Auto Know” - “History of Ignition and Fueling” with examples of cars from eras starting from a 1939 Studebaker.

The next Dyno day will likely be the last Saturday of April or the first Saturday of May after Graduation.

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.

Latest News

  • One more hybrid and many more European vehicles added to program.
  • Recently NATEF recertified.
  • Working towards adding Electrical Certification to our list of Snap-On Certifications.

Sponsored by Subaru:


Career Opportunities:

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Service Manager
  • Automotive StudentService 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:

  • 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-OnSnap-On Tools Corporation
  • Stephenson Equipment Incorporated Cranes
  • Subaru Distribution Corporation
  • Taylor Rental Corporation
  • Toyota (Lexus Division)
  • Troyer Race Car Engineering
  • Various dealerships throughout NYS
  • Many graduates own their own businesses

NATEF ASE Certified Program

* SUNY Canton is a 7404 ASE Testing Site. Call Julie Parkman or Terri Clemmo at 315-386-7119 to make an appointment.

Career Outlook:

The U.S. Department of Labor cites a strong demand for qualified automotive technicians and master technicians. There are more automotive jobs available than there are qualified graduates to fill them. Our graduates can look forward to a 100% job placement.

Auto Lab

Transfer Opportunities:

  • SUNY Canton Management or Mechanical Engineering Technology bachelor's degrees
  • Non-Automotive courses within the degree can be tailored to fit desired end goal.

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.

Subaru Partnership Ceremony

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.


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

Admission Requirements:


Semester I Credits

AUTO 101 Automotive Services 2
AUTO 104 Basic Welding 2
AUTO 111 Automotive Services Laboratory 1
AUTO 112 Automotive Electrical Systems 3
AUTO 122 Automotive Electrical Syst. Lab. 1
ENGL 102 Oral and Written Expression 3
MATH 101 Applied College Mathematics 3

Semester II Credits

AUTO 113 Engine Performance I 3
AUTO 114 Engine Performance I Laboratory 1
AUTO 141 Automotive Braking Systems 3
AUTO 144 Automotive Braking Systems Lab 1
MECH 121 Manufacturing Processes I 3
PHYS 115 Basic Physics** 4
Automotive Elective Choose One:
AUTO 102 Diesel Engines 2
AUTO 103 Automotive Air Conditioning 2

Semester III Credits

AUTO 213 Engine Performance II 4
AUTO 220 Internal Combustion Engines* 4
AUTO 225 Manual Transmissions and Drivetrain (elective) 3
AUTO 241 Suspension Design and Services 2
AUTO 282 Suspension Design and Services Lab 1
  Elective 3

Semester IV Credits

AUTO 212 Automotive Electrical Systems II 4
AUTO 214 Automotive Computer Systems 3
AUTO 230 Service Mgt. and Operations 1
  Business Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3

* Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

**Other four credit hour laboratory science courses may be substituted with permission of the advisor from a list of approved course offerings.

*** Students are expected to gain summer employment in the automotive field between 2nd and 3rd semesters.

NOTE: Automotive Technology students must successfully complete the SUNY Canton Computer Competency requirement.


Students must complete 11 credit hours that include AUTO 113, AUTO 114, AUTO 213, and AUTO 214 at SUNY Canton. Student's transfer records must be reviewed and approved by the Program Director.

Automotive Technology Department
Brandon Baldwin
Curriculum Coordinator
Nevaldine South 124A

Fall Enrollment Trends
  FT PT Total
2013 44 3 47
2012 29 3 32
2011 38 2 40
2010 37 1 38

Graduation Rate Trends*
Cohort Entering Cohort Size %
Fall 2010 18 28%
Fall 2009 21 33%
Fall 2008 20 25%

*Graduate rates are based on first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen entering in fall and graduating within 150% of time.

Degrees Conferred
2013-14 16
2012-13 14
2011-12 9
2010-11 12
2009-10 10