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Automotive Engine Performance

Career Studies Certificate

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Rev your future into high gear

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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Want to learn how to make engines perform at peak power and efficiency levels? Then consider Tidewater Community College’s Career Study Certificate in Automotive Engine Performance. This certificate is designed for those seeking entry-level positions in industry, and updating skills for those already working in the field.

This certificate gives you the tools to specialize in the service, diagnosis and repair of engine management and control systems. Classes are taught at TCC's Regional Automotive Center, where you will learn about a variety of engine systems including ignition, fuel, emissions and computer controls.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials. Graduates are prepared to take the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exam in engine performance.

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 Engine Performance 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*:
25 credits x $185.35 per credit = $4,633.75 (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
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All classes include lecture and hands-on training with vehicles in he RAC laboratories

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

Get industry experience by completing the required 160-hour cooperative education program


High-tech training for today's technician


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.