Automotive Technology Certificate

The goal of this program is to provide students with skills and knowledge required for entry- level technicians performing inspection, diagnostics, maintenance and repair on automobiles and light trucks. Students will use investigative skills as they learn to locate problems, use a variety of power tools as well as hand tools and diagnostic tools as they work on parts, and work with technical reference materials. Applied math and computer skills will be incorporated throughout the curriculum. Students will prepare for Student Certification ASE exams in some areas and entry level employment in the field. This program will be offered evenings at the Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center in Rochester, New Hampshire, and can be completed in three semesters.


  • Complete an application for the program.
  • Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent.
  • Provide an official copy of prior college transcripts, if appropriate.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

This program includes work in an automotive lab where potentially hazardous equipment and materials are used. Students will be taught industry standards for safety and will be expected to follow all safety procedures. Personal protective equipment must be worn. Students will provide their own safety glasses, and boots or shoes.

This program includes work in an automotive lab and requires participants to physically perform functions that require the following:

  • Normal vision for reading instructions and for performing tasks, including inspecting parts for quality (corrective vision is acceptable).
  • Mobility and strength for performing tasks that require reaching, walking, standing, and safely lifting up to 20 lbs.
  • Ability to hear sounds of equipment, for equipment operation and safety.  

Automotive Technology Required Tool List

The following is a list of tools required for Automotive and Motorcycle students. Tools are required in the lab during the first semester. Instructors will discuss tool purchase options during the first class meeting. Anticipated cost of tools is $1,800 to $2,400. It is recommended that students compare this list against tools they already own and meet with the instructor before purchasing tools. For additional information contact Technical Program Coordinator at 603-427-7740.


  • Combination Wrench set (8mm - 24mm)
  • Torque wrench (3/8 drive beam type)
  • Torque wrench (1/2” drive 250FT lb.)
  • Wrench (8” adjustable)

Ratchets and Sockets

  • 1/2” drive sockets (6 point) 10-24mm
  • 1/2” drive (6”-10”) extension
  • 1/2” deep impact sockets 10-27mm
  • 1/2” drive to 3/8” adapter
  • 1/2” drive universal impact
  • 1/2” drive ratchet
  • 3/8” drive sockets (6 point) 7-19mm
  • 3/8” drive 3”, 6” & 12” extensions
  • 3/8” drive to 1/4” adapter
  • 3/8” drive universal impact
  • 3/8” Ratchet
  • 1/4” drive socket set with ratchet & extensions
  • Hex Key sockets 1.5mm - 10mm
  • Torx bit sockets (male & female) T8-60
  • Spark plug sockets (9/16”, 5/8” & 13/16”)
  • 12 pt axle nut sockets


  • Screwdriver set (common)
  • Screwdriver set (Phillips)


  • Pliers (slip joint)
  • Pliers (needle nose)
  • Pliers (locking - vise grip)
  • Pliers (diagonal cutters)
  • Pliers (10” channel lock)


  • Hammer (soft face)
  • Hammer ball peen (large)
  • Hammer ball peen (small)
  • Hammer Dead blow
  • Test Equipment
  • Test light (12 volt)
  • Fluke auto-ranging meter (88-V Required)
  • Electrical test leads
  • T- Pins
  • Thermometer


  • Lockable Seven Draw Bench Tool box
  • Scraper (razor blade)
  • Feeler gauges (metric)
  • Steel rule (6”)
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Tire valve core remover
  • Safety glasses
  • 1/2” drive pneumatic impact wrench with fitting
  • Pry-bar
  • Fender cover
  • Air chuck with “Tru-flate” fitting
  • Tape measure (std/metric)
  • Telescoping magnet
  • LED work/drop light
  • Hearing protection
  • Work uniforms
  • Netbook/Laptop computer with software
  • 4GB flash drive

Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
AUTO110G Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair 2 4 4
Classroom 2, Lab 4, Total 4
AUTO125G Automotive Electronics I 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
Total Credits 8

Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
AUTO120G Automotive Engines (Mechanical) 2 6 4
Classroom 2, Lab 6, Total 4
AUTO130G Automotive Electronics II 2 4 4
Classroom 2, Lab 4, Total 4
Total Credits 8

Summer Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
AUTO140G Braking Systems 2 4 4
Classroom 2, Lab 4, Total 4
AUTO150G Suspension and Steering 2 6 4
Classroom 2, Lab 6, Total 4
Total Credits 8

Total Overall Credits : 24

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