Automotive Trades Department

Kent Johnson, Chair

Phone: 607-587-3118;

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 offered by the Automotive Trades Department—automotive service technician, heavy equipment: truck & diesel technician, autobody repair, and motorsports technology—prepare technicians for the ever-expanding and highly specialized trade industry.

All programs meet stringent national standards. 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 accredited by the NATEF; and the heavy equipment: truck & diesel technician program is ADS affiliated, and we are a National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium training center. Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and NYS inspection exams are offered on campus as well.


Provide instruction and practical, hands-on experience, to students interested in a variety of automotive trades, including automotive service, autobody repair, truck and diesel service, and motorsports. The education acquired will prepare the student for entry-level employment. Students will be provided opportunities to maximize their individual potential and achieve a level of competence adequate to enter the automotive field and maintain gainful employment. In addition to hands-on skills, attitudes will be developed which will help enforce sound judgment, good work habits, planning and foresight, ingenuity, efficiency, and safety as they apply to the duties and skills of the trade. We will nurture an appreciation of and a desire for craftsmanship and professionalism. We will strive to instill positive attitudes of community and leadership that will carry beyond the workplace and help our students to live productively and successfully in today’s society.


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


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

  1. Must be able to perform safely in an automotive lab environment.
  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 have a valid motor vehicle license and be able to drive a standard transmission vehicle.
  5. Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.
  6. Must be able to understand written information.


Autobody Repair (AOS)

Automotive Service Technician (AOS)

Heavy Equipment: Truck & Diesel Technician (AOS)

Motorsports Technology (AOS)