Automotive Technician Degree and Certificate Programs
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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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Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities

 

Some career opportunities may require additional education beyond an associates degree.

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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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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