Do you like fixing cars? Are you interested in advancing technologies in the automotive industry? SUNY Delhi's nationally accredited automotive program will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in the automotive field. You will gain experience with mechanical repairs, diagnostics and trouble shooting skills using industry standard equipment. Our state-of-the-art laboratory provides a safe environment where you will acquire many hours of hands-on, real-world training. Students at Delhi learn from the best, as all of our instructors are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) master certified technicians with at least 15 years of experience in the automotive trades.
SUNY Delhi offers the following Automotive degree options:
A.O.S. Automotive Mechanics
Prepares the student to join the work-force in two years as an experienced entry-level automotive technician with career advancement potential in all aspects of the automotive repair industry.
A.A.S. Automotive Technology
Prepares the student for entry level employment in the automotive repair industry, or for further education to pursue a more advanced degree for automotive related careers in business, engineering or education. Twenty-one credit hours of Liberal Arts are required, including college algebra, trigonometry, physical science, English and humanities.
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A.O.S. Automotive Mechanics:
- HS Average: 70
- English Regents: 65 (recommended)
A.A.S. Automotive Technology:
- HS Average: 75
- Algebra Regents: 73 (recommended)
- English Regents: 73 (recommended)
- Automotive Technician/Mechanic
- Automotive Business Owner
- Service Writer
- Automotive Insurance Adjuster
Graduates of the SUNY Delhi Automotive Technology program have a number of career options. The majority of graduates proceed directly to employment in an automotive service capacity. According to the United States Department of Labor, employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020. Graduates are qualified for employment in independent repair shops, service departments of automobile dealers, service stations, federal and state government agencies, taxicab and automotive leasing companies, corporate fleets, specialty shops, franchise facilities, and automobile manufacturers. Graduates also have the background needed for future advancement to such positions as shop foreman, service writer, service manager, or parts manager.
A second option for graduates is to transfer to a four-year program in this field. Two regional colleges that offer a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Management to which graduates could transfer are Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA, and SUNY Farmingdale.
A related career option would be to transfer to a school with a Technology Education or a Vocational Education bachelor-degree program, which would lead to a teaching career at the high school level. In New York State, two schools that offer this degree are SUNY Oswego and SUNY Buffalo.
- Kevin Brown ('12) is an auto technician at Fox's Service Station in White Lake, NY.
- Jonathan Bevilacqua ('12) and Ken Marschilok ('13) are employed as automotive technicians at Country Club Motors in Oneonta, NY.
- Joe Gersbeck ('10) is the shop foreman at Healey Brothers Chevrolet in Middletown, NY.
- Philip Bianchi ('12) transferred into the Technology Education program at SUNY Oswego.
- Tim Wing ('11) writes: "I'm moving down to Virginia in the next couple days to start my new job as service manager for a Range Rover/Jaguar dealership! I just wanted to thank you and everyone else there for an awesome education and just being fantastic teachers. You guys really are the best around. I really learned everything from you guys and couldn't of asked for a better program."
What will I study?
- First-year students diagnose and repair vehicles owned by the college and others with a concentration on preventative maintenance, automotive braking systems, welding, electrical systems, engine disassembly/reassembly and basic engine diagnosis.
- Second-year students diagnose and repair all types of engine performance and emission control systems, automatic transmissions, steering and suspensions, advanced electronics and heating and air conditioning.
- Qualified second-year students have the opportunity to work on high voltage electrical systems found on hybrid and alternative fueled vehicles.
Why Automotive Technology
at SUNY Delhi?
- Hands-on, real-world experience: Students will train on actual customer vehicles in the college's state-of-the-art automotive laboratory, processing around 800 repairs a year.
- Nationally accredited program: Delhi's program is nationally accredited as "Master Automotive Service Technology" by The National Automotive Technicians Foundation (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
- Accreditation Article:
- ASE student certification: Students take exams relating to entry level skills required of automotive technicians and can earn up to eight "ASE Student Certifications," which are valid for two years.
- Professional Faculty: All instructors are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) master certified technicians with at least 15 years of experience in the automotive trades.
- Extended Training: Some automotive programs are designed to squeeze training into less than one year. At SUNY Delhi, we give you time to comprehend and apply what you learn over a full two-year experience.
- Degree Credentials: Many state and federal jobs in the automotive industry require a degree. With some other programs you only receive a certificate, which could limit where you can get a job and how much money you will earn.
- The College Experience: Don't miss out on the traditional college experience. Networking with a campus community, participating in student activities, community service and clubs and organizations all contribute to becoming a well-rounded person and more valuable team member to potential employers.