Comprehensive Automotive Repair & Service (CARS)


Associate in Applied Science and Certificate Programs

The objective of the Comprehensive Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) Degree Program is to educate those seeking employment in the field of automotive technology. It will prepare students for entry-level employment as Automotive Technicians. The Automotive Technician field has been in very high demand in the Connecticut, and it is growing. The intent of the program is to meet the growing need for technicians in the college service area. This program furthers the college’s mission to “respond to the changing academic, occupational, technological needs” by offering “a broad range of credit (technical, career, and academic) programs and courses leading to transfer, employment and lifelong learning.” The automotive curriculum is designed to meet all NATEF requirements for national accreditation. For more information, contact Scott McFarland, Program Coordinator at (203) 285-2405 or e-mail at

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the graduates should be able to:

  • Meet all NATEF required outcomes for MAST certification
  • Demonstrate workplace skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to resume preparation, seeking employment, maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment, demonstrating workplace ethics, and teamwork
  • Apply knowledge of theory and safety to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation
  • Identify and use appropriate tools, testing, and measurement equipment to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation
  • Use current reference and training materials from accepted industry publications and standards to accomplish specific tasks
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of all fundamental automotive concepts as outlined by NATEF

Each student accepted into the program must purchase orpossess the tools required for the program, have a valid driver’s license, and wear an automotive uniform while attending classes. For more information, call Scott McFarland at (203) 285-2405 or e-mail at

Automotive programs are taught at Gateway’s Automotive Technology Center at 88 Basset Road in North Haven, Conn.



For more information contact:

General Automotive Degree
Edward Barlage
(203) 285-2334

General Automotive Certificate
Scott McFarland
(203) 285-2405



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