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Automotive Chassis Systems

Career Studies Certificate

TCC Automotive Chassis Systems Certificate Program

Steer your career in the right direction

TCC’s 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Regional Automotive Center is Hampton Roads’ only high-tech educational facility for today’s automotive industry

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Interested in becoming a specialist in brakes, steering and suspension systems? Then consider Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Automotive Chassis Systems.

Classes at TCC's Regional Automotive Center include basic automotive electrical diagnostics; automotive braking systems diagnostics; and automotive steering and suspension systems diagnostics.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials. Graduates are prepared to take the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exam in steering and suspension and brakes. You will also be prepared to take the Virginia Safety Inspection exam.

Go further

Apply all of the credits you earn in this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Automotive Chassis Systems Career Studies Certificate consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held mainly at the Regional Automotive Center.

Estimated Program Cost*:
20 credits x $181.10 per credit = $3,622.00 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own personal protection equipment, including steel-toed boots, safety glasses and long pants. Students must also obtain a TCC uniform shirt. If you are already working in the automotive repair field, you may wear the uniform from your place of business.

Where can you go?

Credits you earn in this career studies program apply to the AAS in Automotive Technology. Or find work as an automotive technician at a repair facility or dealership. 

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • can use a computer
  • possess strong reading, writing and math skills
  • enjoy problem solving
  • enjoy working with your hands
  • exhibit good hand-eye coordination
  • are detail oriented
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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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All classes include lecture and hands-on training with vehicles in RAC laboratories

Get industry experience by completing the required cooperative education program

The program is powered by the TCC Automotive Technology program advisory committee and the curriculum is industry vetted


Anna Waters, a student at TCC's Regional Automotive Center, says she likes the challenge of solving problems


TCC's Ford ASSET program – short for Automotive Student Service Educational Training – is the only one of its kind in Virginia. Ford and TCC officials celebrated the new program in May 2016.