Associate of Science

Automotive Technician

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Program Overview

Program Overview

NVCC's automotive technician program accommodates both full and part-time students. Our instructors bring real-life experience to the classroom and share the same passion for the automobile as you do. You will be taught using the most modern equipment, from Hunter, Snap-On, MAC, OTC and many more. Our curriculum is constantly updating to stay current with the latest developments from all the O.E.M.'s and manufacturers of aftermarket equipment.

Earn a degree

The Automotive Technician program at NVCC is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). When you complete the program, you are ready to take the ASE certification test.

  • Degree options include:
  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions as trained automotive technicians. Typical positions for which graduates are qualified include: Automotive Apprentice, Automotive Journeyman, Automotive Master Technician.

Earn a Certificate

Certificate programs in Automotive Fundamentals, Advanced Engine PerformanceGeneral Automotive Service are available to students who do not wish to pursue a full two-year course of study.

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Quick Facts

Automotive Technician Quick Facts

Career Forecast
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Demand for automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow about as fast as the average among all occupations over the 2014-2024 decade, according to the BLS. The number of jobs is expected to rise by 5% over that period, which will result in an estimated 39,100 new jobs being created

Earning Potential
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The median annual Automotive Mechanic I salary is $37,407, as of September 01, 2017, with a range usually between $32,853-$43,122, however this can vary widely depending on a variety of factors. Salary.com

Career Path
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Top earners in the profession work in the following industries: natural gas distribution, lumber and other construction materials merchant wholesaling, and courier and express delivery services. (US News & World Report)

Additional Details

Get Hands On Experience in a State-of-the-Art Facility

NVCC's National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Master Automotive Technician Program is located in a state-of-the-art facility and the course of study is designed to accommodate both full- and part-time students, culminating in an Associate of Science degree. Service of today’s complex automobiles requires highly-trained technicians who have mastered a wide range of talents and skills. As technology rapidly increases in sophistication, most training authorities strongly recommend completing a formal training program. Because Automotive Technician program at NVCC is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), when you complete the program, you are ready to take the ASE certification test.

Furthermore, you can handcraft your formal training at NVCC to fit your personal goals and needs and you can complete a certificate program as a stepping stone toward your associate degree.





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Program Requirements

Automotive Technician A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Exempt 0
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications or CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge BBG*H231 Business Law I 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication course listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H121 Applications for Business and other Careers, MAT*H135 Topics in Contemporary Mathematics, MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ PHY*H110 Introduction to Physics 4
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Waived 0
Social Phenomena ECN*H101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication course listed 3
Program Requirements ATP*H100 Integrated Automotive 3
ATP*H130 Brake Systems 3
ATP*H110 Automotive Electrical Systems 3
ATP*H150 Suspension and Steering Systems 3
ATP*H210 Engine Performance 3
ATP*H120 Engine Repair 3
ATP*H185 Automotive Service & Parts Management 2
ATP*H261 Manual Drivetrain and Axles 2
ATP*H220 Automotive Emissions 3
ATP*H262 Automatic Transmission and Transaxles 2
ATP*H140: Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning 3
ATP*H190 Metallurgy/Welding or ATP Course Approved by Coordinator 2
ATP*H290 Co-op Work Experience I 3
ATP*H291 Co-op Work Experience II 3

Total Credits: 63

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

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

  1. Apply Language Arts and Communications skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to: reading, writing, and oral communication.
  2. Perform Mathematics related to the occupation, including but not limited to: algebraic expressions, arithmetic, decimals and graphs.
  3. Use scientific methods and critical thinking to solve problems in Science related to the occupation, including but not limited to: electricity, chemical reactions, heat motion, and hydraulics.
  4. Demonstrate Workplace Skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to, preparing a resume, seeking employment, maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment, demonstrating workplace ethics and teamwork.
  5. Apply knowledge of theory and safety to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  6. Identify and use appropriate tools, testing and measurement equipment to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  7. Use current reference and training materials from accepted industry publications and standards to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  8. Apply knowledge of general engine diagnosis and repair, including but not limited to the engine's: cylinder heads, valve train, block, lubrication, and cooling system.
  9. Apply knowledge of general transmission and transaxle maintenance, adjustment, diagnosis and repair.
  10. Apply knowledge of suspension and steering systems (including wheel and tire), diagnosis, service, adjustments, alignment and repair.
  11. Apply knowledge of general disc and/or drum brake system hydraulics, power assist, and ABS (antilock brakes), maintenance, adjustment diagnosis and repair.
  12. Apply knowledge of general electrical/electronic systems, including but not limited to: starting, charging, lighting, wiring, accessories, diagnosis and repair.
  13. Apply knowledge of general heating and air conditioning systems and their components, maintenance, adjustment, diagnosis and repair.
  14. Apply knowledge of general engine performance, including but not limited to: computer controls, ignition, fuel, exhaust, and emission systems, and their maintenance, diagnosis, adjustments and repair.
  15. Apply knowledge of computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, graphs and other software related to the occupation.

Automotive Technician Management A.S

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications or CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge BBG*H231 Business Law I 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication course listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H121 Applications for Business and other Careers, MAT*H135 Topics in Contemporary Mathematics, or MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ PHY*H110 Introduction to Physics 4
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Waived 0
Social Phenomena ECN*H101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirements ATP*H100 Integrated Automotive 3
ATP*H120 Engine Repair 3
ATP*H130 Brake Systems 3
ATP*H110 Automotive Electrical Systems 3
ATP*H150 Suspension and Steering Systems 3
ATP*H185 Automotive Service & Parts Management 2
BBG*H101 Introduction to Business 3
BES*H118 Small Business Management 3
ACC*H113 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BMG*H202 Principles of Management 3
ACC*H117 Managerial Accounting 3

Total Credits: 60

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

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

  1. Apply Language Arts and Communications skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to: reading, writing,and oral communication.
  2. Perform Mathematics related to the occupation, including but not limited to: algebraic expressions, arithmetic, decimals and graphs.
  3. Use scientific methods and critical thinking to solve problems in Science related to the occupation, including but not limited to: electricity, chemical reactions, heat, motion, and hydraulics.
  4. Demonstrate Workplace Skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to, preparing a resume, seeking employment, maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment, demonstrating workplace ethics and teamwork.
  5. Apply knowledge of Computer Applications including word processing, spreadsheets, graphs and other software related to the occupation.
  6. Apply knowledge of theory and safety to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  7. Identify and use appropriate tools, testing and measurement equipment to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  8. Use current reference and training materials from accepted industry publications and standards to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  9. Apply knowledge of general engine diagnosis and repair, including but not limited to the engines: cylinder heads, valve train, block, lubrication, and cooling system .
  10. Apply knowledge of suspension and steering systems (including wheel and tire), diagnosis, service, adjustments, alignment and repair.
  11. Apply knowledge of general disc and/or drum brake system, hydraulics, power assist, and ABS (antilock brakes), maintenance, adjustment, diagnosis, and repair.
  12. Apply knowledge of general electrical/electronic systems, including but not limited to: starting, charging, lighting, wiring, accessories, diagnosis and repair.
  13. Demonstrate basic knowledge of management, human resources, and organizational development in an entry-level management position.
  14. Understand and practice the various functions of management as well as the nature and responsibilities of a manager.
  15. Interpret management information from various sources such as financial statements, annual reports, and publications.
  16. Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, fellow employees, working groups, and the macro-environment.

Certificate in Automotive Fundamentals

Course No. Title Credits
ATP*H100 Integrated Automotive Systems 3
ATP*H130 Brakes 3
ATP*H150 Steering and Suspension 3
Elective Automotive 2-3
Elective Mathematics 3
Total Credit Hours 14-15

To ensure appropriate placement, placement test results and course prerequisites should be reviewed with the Program Coordinator and/or advisor.

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Perform mathematics related to the occupation, including but not limited to: algebraic expressions, arithmetic, decimals and graphs.
  2. Relate knowledge of theory and safety to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  3. Identify and use appropriate tools, testing and measurement equipment to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  4. Use current reference and training materials from accepted industry publications and standards to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  5. Relate knowledge of general engine diagnosis and repair, including but not limited to the engine's: cylinder heads, valve train, block, lubrication, and cooling system.
  6. Relate knowledge of suspension and steering systems (including wheel and tire), diagnosis, service, adjustments, alignment and repair.
  7. Relate knowledge of general disc and/or drum brake system, hydraulics, power assist, and ABS (antilock brakes), maintenance, adjustment, diagnosis, and repair.

Certificate in Advanced Engine Performance

Course No. Title Credits
ATP*H100 Integrated Automotive Systems 3
ATP*H120 Engine Repair 3
ATP*H110 Automotive Electrical Systems 3
ATP*H210 Engine Performance 3
ATP*H220 Automotive Emissions 3
ATP*H291 Cooperative Work Experience ll 3
Total Credit Hours 18

To ensure appropriate placement, placement test results and course prerequisites should be reviewed with the Program Coordinator and/or advisor.

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Perform mathematics related to the occupation, including but not limited to: algebraic expressions, arithmetic, decimals and graphs.
  2. Use scientific methods and critical thinking to solve problems in science related to the occupation, including but not limited to: electricity, chemical reactions, heat, motion, and hydraulics.
  3. Demonstrate workplace skills related to the occupation including but not limited to: preparing a resume, seeking employment, maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment, demonstrating workplace ethics and teamwork.
  4. Apply knowledge of theory and safety to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  5. Identify and use appropriate tools, testing and measurement equipment to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  6. Use current reference and training materials from accepted industry publications and standards to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  7. Apply knowledge of general engine diagnosis and repair: including but not limited to the engine's: cylinder heads, valve train, block, lubrication, and cooling system.
  8. Apply knowledge of general electrical/electronic systems, including but not limited to: starting, charging, lighting, wiring, accessories, diagnosis and repair.
  9. Apply knowledge of general engine performance, including but not limited to: computer controls, ignition, fuel, exhaust, and emission systems, and their maintenance, diagnosis, adjustments, and repair.

Certificate in General Automotive Service

Course No. Title Credits
ATP*H100 Integrated Automotive Systems 3
ATP*H110 Automotive Electrical Systems 3
ATP*H120 Engine Repair 3
ATP*H130 Brakes 3
ATP*H150 Steering and Suspension 3
ATP*H290 Cooperative Work Experience I 3
Total Credit Hours 18

To ensure appropriate placement, placement test results and course prerequisites should be reviewed with the Program Coordinator and/or advisor.

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Perform mathematics related to the occupation, including but not limited to: algebraic expressions, arithmetic, decimals and graphs.
  2. Use scientific methods and critical thinking to solve problems in science related to the occupation, including but not limited to: electricity, chemical reactions, heat, motion, and hydraulics.
  3. Demonstrate workplace skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to: preparing a resume, seeking employment, maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment, demonstrating workplace ethics and teamwork.
  4. Apply knowledge of theory and safety to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  5. Identify and use appropriate tools, testing and measurement equipment to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  6. Use current reference and training materials from accepted industry publications and standards to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  7. Apply knowledge of general engine diagnosis and repair, including but not limited to the engine's: cylinder heads, valve train, block, lubrication, and cooling system.
  8. Apply knowledge of suspension and steering systems (including wheel and tire), diagnosis, service, adjustments, alignment and repair.
  9. Apply knowledge of general disc and/or drum brake system, hydraulics, power assist, and ABS (antilock brakes), maintenance, adjustment, diagnosis, and repair.
  10. Apply knowledge of general electrical/electronic systems, including but not limited to, starting, charging, lighting, wiring, accessories, diagnosis and repair.

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Certificate programs

Certificate Programs

Certificate in Automotive Fundamentals

The Automotive Fundamentals program can help you gain exposure to the automotive technology field. 

  • Get an understanding of the basic operating principles of an automobile.
  • Learn in-depth theory of brake, steering, and suspension systems.

Certificate in Advanced Engine Performance

The Advanced Engine Performance program enables a practicing automotive technician to develop the technical knowledge and skills associated with the advanced computer/electronic diagnostic systems and emission systems of today’s automobile.

As a student, you will develop:

  • an understanding of automobile engine operation and repair
  • an understanding of advanced electronic diagnosis and automotive emissions
  • an understanding of the relationship between scientific principles and their application in the automobile.

The certificate option will work for you if:

  • want to work in the automotive service field
  • need to upgrade your technical skills
  • want to advance your career.

Certificate in General Automotive Service

The General Automotive Service program is designed to accommodate individuals desiring an understanding of engine operation and repair, along with knowledge of automotive electrical, brake, steering and suspension systems.

The program provides:

  • an understanding of automobile engine operation and repair
  • an understanding of automotive electrical theory and its application
  • in-depth theory of brake, steering, and suspension systems
  • an understanding of the relationship between scientific principles and their application in the automobile.

The program benefits:

  • individuals seeking entry-level employment opportunities in the automotive service field
  • individuals seeking to upgrade their technical skills
  • individuals preparing for career advancement opportunities in the automotive service field.
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Academic & Transfer

Transfer options are available for students who choose this course of study.  Talk with your advisor.

Career Paths

No matter what happens in the economy, you will still see vehicles on the road. What does this mean for you? As a trained automotive technician with the right skills you will always be in demand. With the right training, you will find yourself in a financially- and emotionally-rewarding career. In addition to your future stability, you'll also enjoy the day-to-day satisfaction of working with your hands. If you don't mind getting a little dirt and grease under your nails from time to time, this might be just the job field you've been waiting for.

  • Automotive Apprentice
  • Automotive Journeyman
  • Automotive Master Technician

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