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Automotive Technology - A.A.S.

*100% placement

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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.
  • Just added Electrical Certification and Advanced Diagnostics to our list of Snap-On Certifications

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.

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 101 Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 10) 3
MATH 101 Applied College Mathematics1 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
  Business Elective5 3
Automotive Elective Choose One:
AUTO 102 Diesel Engines3 2
AUTO 103 Automotive Air Conditioning3 2

Semester III Credits

AUTO 213 Engine Performance II 4
AUTO 220 Internal Combustion Engines4 4
AUTO 241 Suspension Design and Services 2
AUTO 282 Suspension Design and Services Lab 1
PHYS 115 Basic Physics2 (GER 2) 4

Semester IV Credits

AUTO 212 Automotive Electrical Systems II 4
AUTO 214 Automotive Computer Systems 3
AUTO 230 Service Mgt. and Operations 1
  General Elective6 3
Humanities Elective (GER 7,8,9) 3
Social Science (GER 3) 3

1 Mathematics level depends on previous preparation. Applied College Mathematics (MATH 101) is the minimum requirement Math 106 Intermediate Algebra or higher maybe substituted.
2 PHYS 121/125 - College Physics I lecture/lab may substitute if student meets prerequisites
3 One required. Courses offered alternating years
4 Writing Intensive course
5 BSAD electives include BSAD 100, 120, 200, 215, 220, 222
6 General elective courses can include (AUT0221-Automatic Transmissions [spring], AUTO 225-Manual Transmissions [fall])
7 Transfers from Powersports use MSPT IOI for AUTO 101 & 111, MSPT 130 as an elective replacement for AUTO 102 or 103, and MSPT 110 for Auto 220. MSPT
120 can be used as the 3ro semester elective. 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
Ken Wurster
Curriculum Coordinator
Nevaldine South 124B

Fall Enrollment Trends
  FT PT Total
2015 48 1 49
2014 34 0 34
2013 44 3 47
2012 29 3 32
2011 38 2 40

Graduation Rate Trends*
Cohort Entering Cohort Size %
Fall 2012 12 33%
Fall 2011 14 43%
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
2014-15 11
2013-14 16
2012-13 14
2011-12 9
2010-11 12