Automotive Technology

Offered through Eaton RESA

This program is offered through Eaton RESA in partnership with Lansing Community College. Students who complete the requirements through year 13, will receive a MEMCA Certificate. Students who complete the additional courses listed, can receive an Associate Degree. 

Program Description

Students in this program will cover the four National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence requirements for training in auto service and brakes. An introduction to basic shop procedures is also provided. Students must have a valid driver’s license in order to operate vehicles in the lab. Students in this program will also study steering and suspension and electrical theory including the diagnosis and repair of malfunctioning circuits. Students returning for a second year will have the opportunity to participate in an internship experience. Successful students will have the opportunity to take the State of Michigan certification exam in brakes, steering and suspension and electrical.

Student learning outcomes include but are not limited to:

  • Safety in the work environment
  • Engine maintenance and diagnostics operations
  • Service management
  • Hydraulic system diagnosis and repair
  • Drum brake diagnosis and repair
  • Disc brake diagnosis and repair
  • Power assist units
  • Wheel bearings, parking brakes and electrical components
  • Standard and anti-lock brake system diagnosis and repair
  • Suspension systems diagnosis and repair
  • Front and rear suspensions
  • Wheel alignment diagnosis, adjustment and repair
  • Wheel and tire diagnosis and repair
  • Basic electrical/electronic theory
  • Automotive battery, starter and charging systems theory, operation and diagnosis
  • Access wiring diagrams
  • Diagnose and repair malfunctioning circuits in vehicles
  • Advanced lighting systems and electronic instrumentation
  • Electronic chassis control and accessory systems
  • Passive restraint systems

Program Location

LCC West Campus


Automotive Specialty Technician
Automotive Master Mechanic
Diesel Engine Specialist
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants

Median Wage 

Automotive Specialty Technician: $19.02 hourly
Automotive Master Mechanic: $19.02 hourly
Diesel Engine Specialist: $22.29 hourly
Automotive/Watercraft Service Attendants: $11.24 hourly

Employment Outlook

Automotive Specialty Technician: 5-9%
Automotive Master Mechanic: 5-9%
Diesel Engine Specialist: 5-9%
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants: 10-14%


State of MI Brakes Certification
State of MI Suspension Certification
State of MI Electrical Certification

Success Indicators

Interested in science, mechanically inclined, kinesthetic (hands-on learner), able to apply written to practical information, able to use deductive reasoning, a critical thinker, willing to work hard and manage time effectively.

Required Reading

College level textbooks & workbooks, less than 25 pages/week