Automotive Trades Department

Kent Johnson, Chair

Phone: (607) 587-3118; Email:

Today, more than ever, the highly skilled automotive service technician has an increasingly important role in the efficient operation of our society. The four automotive trades areas - automotive service technician, heavy equipment: truck & diesel technician, autobody repair, and motorsports technology - prepare technicians for the ever-expanding and highly specialized trade industry.

Students can apply for and take their NYS Inspection test during their freshman year.

The automotive service technician program is master certified by the National Automotive Training Educational Foundation (NATEF); the autobody repair program is Inter-Industry Conference on Automotive Collision Repair (ICAR) certified; and the heavy equipment: truck & diesel technician program is ADS affiliated.

NATEF is a national industry-wide organization whose 40-member board of directors represents all aspects of the automotive industry. Representation by such a diverse group of individuals adds to the credibility of the certifications to assure that programs meet stringent national standards.


Students work in facilities consisting of approximately 82,000 square feet of repair shops, classrooms, on-campus parts store, and study areas. The areas have the latest equipment.

The autobody collision shop contains late-model down-draft bakepaint booths, paint mixing room, frame-straightening machines, uni-body bench, and a computerized estimating system.

Auto repair shops and classroom areas contain the latest equipment, including computerized front-end aligners, brake equipment, computerized engine analyzers, automatic transmission and engine machine shop equipment, computer specification and service information terminals in all shops.

Our heavy equipment: truck & diesel shops are equipped with: specialized fuel injection overhauling and test lab; engine rebuilding area of live units; multispeed transmission and rear axle repair area; engine tune-up area containing computer-operated late model diesel engines; handheld diagnostic scanners; and a computerized specifications and service information room.

Students take the motorsports courses and perform extensive hands-on work in a newly remodeled, newly equipped facility located in Alfred. First-year courses are taken in the freshman automotive building located at the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville.


In addition to regular college expenses, students entering the automotive trades programs must purchase tools and uniforms. The cost of tools and toolbox is approximately $4,400 for the automotive trades freshman year. The cost of tools for the second year depends upon which program is selected. In addition, the total cost for textbooks, shop uniforms, safety shoes, and safety glasses is about $950 for two years.

Students entering the automotive parts technology program must purchase textbooks and uniforms. The cost of textbooks is approximately $750. The cost of uniforms is approximately $200-$225. Miscellaneous expenses are approximately $200.

Please refer to the most current required tool list on the Alfred State website at


Some instruction cannot be given on 'live' vehicles; thus, students who have been accepted into the automotive technician, heavy equipment: truck and diesel, and motorsports programs are required to furnish bench units. These units, such as alternators, starters, distributors, air conditioning compressors, power steering pumps, and gear, may be purchased at an approximate cost of $0-150.** (** Cost calculated from poll of current students.)

Students receive information about procurement and identification of bench units from individual course instructors after arriving on campus.

Students are required to have a personal vehicle for use in performing 'live' lab assignments that are required in order to gain proficiency in the trade. Due to the rapid changes in the tune-up, electrical, fuel, and emission areas of the service field, students are encouraged to work on vehicles and bench units manufactured within the last 10 years. It should be noted that these personal vehicles do not have to be licensed or registered. They may be stored on the campus automotive parking lot for the duration of the school year and must be removed by the last day of classes.


Applicants for all programs in the Automotive Trades department must meet the following physical requirements:

  1. Must be able to perform safely in the shop.
  2. Must be able to lift 50 pounds to eye level.
  3. Must be able to communicate orally with a person six to 10 feet away.
  4. Must be able to visually decipher an oscilloscope monitor and digital/analog meter, and scan tool displays.
  5. Must have a valid motor vehicle license and be able to drive a standard transmission vehicle.
  6. Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.
  7. Must be able to understand information found in service repair manuals and use diagnostic flow charts.
  8. Must meet qualifications for a NYS driver’s license.


Autobody Repair (AOS)

Automotive Service Technician (AOS)

Heavy Equipment: Truck & Diesel Technician (AOS)

Motorsports Technology (AOS)

Automotive Parts Technology (AAS)