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Automotive Electronics

Career Studies Certificate

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Become a specialist in automotive electronics

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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Today’s vehicles are powered by complex computers and electronic systems. Learn to specialize in the service, diagnosis and repair of basic and advanced electrical systems, as well as heating and air conditioning systems at Tidewater Community College.

Classes at TCC's Regional Automotive Center include basic automotive electrical diagnostics, automotive climate control and advanced electrical diagnostics.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials. You’ll be ready to take the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exam in electrical/electronic systems and heating and air conditioning. You will also be ready to take the refrigerant recovery license 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 the program cost?

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

Estimated Program Cost*:
24 credits x $185.35 per credit = $4,448.40 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 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

Learn from faculty experts at the Regional Automotive Center, the area’s only high-tech facility for today’s automotive professional

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


Dad and son are two of a kind at RAC (TCC CareerFocus magazine)