Automotive: Maintenance and Light Repair

The MLR program is designed to train students in technical knowledge of bumper-to-bumper maintenance and light repairs in the critical areas of engine systems, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical, and heating and air conditioning.  Students will perform actual service and repair on vehicles in state-of-the-art labs, using tools, and technologies that will ensure they are workforce ready, at our new Advance Transportation Center (ATC) located in West Fresno, and qualified for the G1 Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation industry certification.

Maintenance and Light Repair Career Outlook

The Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) program is comprised of two eighteen (18) week courses. AUTOT-50A and AUTOT-50B.  (17 Units, Credit Program)


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To learn more about the Maintenance and Light Repair program and courses, contact an Applied Technology counselor. 

Counselors are available in the Applied Technology Division Office to assist students with creating a Student Education Plan for an Automotive Collision Repair Degree or Certificate.

Courses and Information

To see recommended courses, see the Catalog.  To see upcoming scheduled classes, see the Schedule of Classes

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Tuition for the California Community College system is $46 per unit. A student will need 20 units of completion for this certificate, or a total of $920 in tuition costs. Financial Aid, if available to the student, can cover tuition. Review our Financial Aid videos noted above.

There is one textbook needed for this program, that cost approximately $194 for this program.

Required Fees:

  • Health fee ($21 per semester, $13 if off campus/online per semester)
  • Associated Student Body fee ($2 per semester, but opportunity to waive the fee at the time of registration if the student so chooses)
  • Program fee ($65 annually for e-access to the shop lab assignments)

Optional Fees:

  • Parking pass ($30 per semester, Spring 2021 will be relaxed parking on campus due to COVID)
  • Student ID card ($5)

Costs for required equipment— must be purchased prior to the start of the course:

    • 3-Ring Binder
    • Notebook Tabs
    • Non-Tinted safety glasses/goggles
    • Latex/Nitrile gloves
    • Side guards for prescription glasses (if needed)
    • Facial covering
    • #2 Pencils, pens, flash drive, and highlighters (as necessary)
    • Headphones and webcam, recommended:
      • Logitech - H390 USB Headset with Noise-Canceling Microphone - Black
      • Logitech Webcam C170 - Web camera - color - 1024 x 768 - audio - USB 2.0
    • Uniform: $50.00 - $75.00 Button Down Shirt, Sleeves, and Pants:
      • AUTOT Students = FCC Auto Technology Black with Red and Gray Accent Crew Shirts
      • MDHD = Black with Charcoal
      • Mopar CAP/Stellantis or OEM Dealership issued = student must be employed by Service Facility (Refer to Department Specs.)
      • GM ASEP Students = GM Certified Service or ACDelco PSC issued (Refer to Department Specs.)
      • Other OEM available: Ford ACE, Toyota TECS Elite, Honda PACT
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  • Uniform Non-Scratch Belt
  • Black shoes – steel toes and/or work boots recommended (must be gas and oil resistant; non-slip)

A student can pay in one or a combination of ways: directly using a credit card, through a grant (review our Financial Aid videos below for grant information), or with a scholarship or fee waiver through partner programs:

The Maintenance & Light Repair certificate has the potential for entry-level employment as a skilled technician in engine systems, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical, and heating and air conditioning repairs. A potential resource for investigating jobs in the Maintenance & Light Repair field is: O*NET OnLine

Yes! The Maintenance & Light Repair certificate is stackable — the units count — toward an associate degree in Automotive Technology or can be used as undergraduate coursework toward the transferring to a 4-year institution of higher education.

Every 4-year college accepts coursework differently, however, Fresno City College has a partnership with Fresno State’s Industrial Technology program, where they accept all of this coursework as electives for undergraduate work.

The Maintenance & Light Repair certificate is a “stackable” certificate meaning that your successful completion of this certificate can be used to apply for additional certificates in transportation-related field of study.

The Maintenance & Light Repair certificate is a “stackable” certificate meaning that your successful completion of this certificate can be used as valuable training in conjunction with other automotive-related certificates such as Automotive Technology, Alternative Fueled Vehicles, Zero Emission Vehicle, or Diesel Technology/MDHD. If cross-training is not of interest, these courses in the Maintenance & Light Repair certificate are applicable to the Automotive Technology associate degree as well as transfer potential for the Industrial Technology bachelor’s degree at Fresno State. When the student applies for a bachelor’s degree program, the 4-year institution of higher education would make the decision as to which courses are fully transferable. Consult with a college counselor in order to discuss these opportunities.

This Maintenance & Light Repair program uses the same registration system as all California Community Colleges. A student must apply through CCCApply, if not already a California Community College student, in order to receive a student identification number. Once you have a student identification number, we can arrange for a counselor appointment to discuss the program and/or assist with registration through WebAdvisor.

The Maintenance & Light Repair certificate is designed to deliver two courses for a total of 20 units, over a period of 5 months. This equates to 20 units for one semester.

The Maintenance & Light Repair prepares students to qualify for the G1 National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) industry certification.

The Maintenance & Light Repair certificate instructor(s) can assist with paid or unpaid internship opportunities to build your resume and begin working in your field of study.