Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about the Automotive Technology Program
Do points and/or prior convictions affect my employability in this field?
To work at most dealerships or automotive shops, students are required to have a valid driver's license. Those dealerships/shops insure their employees through various insurance companies which may have different requirements unique to that employer. Most employers require a license with less than four points; some may require zero points. Generally, employers look at the type of past infractions more than the number of points. For example, if a student has had a DUI (OMVI) or a felony conviction at any time in the past, the employer’s insurance company may not approve hiring the student.
Students interested in obtaining a Driver’s License Abstract may visit Ohio BMV.
Where is the program located?
Cuyahoga Community College's Advanced Automotive Technology Center is located on the College's Western Campus in Parma, Ohio. This 26,500 square foot building houses classrooms and laboratories that are equipped with the latest automotive service equipment. Twenty-six bay service areas, nine classrooms, ultra-modern diagnostic equipment, and more than 60 late model automobiles ensures our students receive "hands-on" training in a modern facility. General academic courses may be taken at any of the three Tri-C campuses.
Will I be required to have tools?
No. All tools are supplied by Tri-C to complete required lab and shop assignments. However, it should be noted that students in the GM ASEP and Ford ASSET programs require a basic set of hand tools to complete technical field experience at their dealership. If the student already has the required tools, the student will not need to purchase another set. Students who do not have tools may be interested in quotes from various tool vendors who submit prices on tool sets at an educational discount. The College does not endorse any particular tool manufacturer and does not sell tools.
Will I receive a degree?
Will I have the opportunity to work while I am in the program?
Yes. The technical field experience at a dealership or automotive-related business is an integral component of the respective Automotive Technology Degree Programs. This work experience provides the student with the opportunity to gain on-car experience in a supervised work situation while earning income.
Are course credits transferable?
Course credits are transferable to most schools offering a four-year baccalaureate degree in Automotive Technology. Contact a Tri-C academic counselor for transfer options by calling 216-987-6000 and ask for the Counseling Office on the campus of your choice.
How do Tri-C costs compare with other schools?
The automobiles, diagnostic equipment, tools, facilities and faculty at Tri-C are second to none. For Cuyahoga County residents, tuition and program costs at Tri-C are substantially less than similar programs at private schools and colleges. Cuyahoga County provides tax dollars toward the funding of the College which helps to keep tuition costs among the lowest in Ohio! Visit Paying for College for more information.
Will I be eligible for financial assistance?
Financial assistance opportunities are available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment. Eligibility and approval of all forms of financial assistance should be determined at least four weeks prior to registration. Students are urged to apply for financial aid well in advance of the beginning of classes. For more information visit FAFSA and Tri-C Scholarships.
Is it possible to visit Tri-C to find out more about the program?
Open Houses are held throughout the year on Saturday mornings. Click HERE to register!