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Automotive Powertrains

Career Studies Certificate

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Shift your career into drive

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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Train to become a powertrain expert with Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Automotive Powertrains. Specialize in the service, diagnosis and repair of automatic and manual transmissions, transaxles and engines.

Classes are taught at TCC's Regional Automotive Center, where you will learn about:

  • automotive engine diagnostics
  • automotive final drive and manual transmission systems
  • automatic transmissions

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials. Graduates are prepared to take the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exam in engine repair, automatic transmissions and manual drive transmissions.

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

Estimated Program Cost*:
28 credits x $185.35 per credit = $5,189.80 (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 field, you may wear the uniform from your place of business.

Where can you go?

Continue your education by working toward TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology. Or find work as an automotive technician at a shop 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, working on vehicles in 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


Ryan Wright graduated from TCC with four career studies certificates in automotive technology: Chassis Systems, Engine Performance, Electronics and Powertrains. Meanwhile, he has a full-time job -- with benefits.


Dad and son are two of a kind at the Regional Automotive Center.