Top 50 Auto Mechanic Programs BadgeMaybe you’ve got that entrepreneurial spirit and always wanted to open your own auto shop. Maybe you’ve always had a knack for how everything works under the hood of a car and instead of giving away free advice, you’re ready to get paid for your skills. Or, maybe you’re just tired of earning minimum wage and looking for a career change altogether. Whatever career goals have led you to consider pursuing an associate’s degree in automotive technology, it’s a wise decision. But, if you want a dealership to take more than just a passing glance at your resume, you’re going to need some solid automotive training and industry certification too.

While you know that an automotive technology degree is a key to unlocking your career goals, you’re still probably grappling with the same question – which degree program do you choose? You’ve likely been scanning the internet looking for a reputable school with all the major highlights . . . a nationally-recognized program, strong ties to the local automotive community, one that offers an affordable tuition and helps put you into the job of your dreams. And, with such a large selection of automotive degree and certificate programs available to you, selecting a school can be very overwhelming.

We’ve tried to simplify that daunting task for you by assessing the quality of the automotive degree and certificate programs nationwide. We looked at every school in the United States that holds accreditation with the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Our goal was to provide prospective students with the most relevant, up-to-date information that would help them find the automotive degree program ideally suited to their needs.

Of course, any program accredited by the NATEF is going to include courses covering the eight core areas of ASE certification: Engine repair, automatic transmission and transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, and engine performance. But, we know that there’s more than that to an all-around, comprehensive educational experience. So, we took our analysis a step further and looked for colleges that offered things like:

Selection Criteria

  • NATEF accredited
  • An internship experience
  • Extensive campus shop practice time
  • Job placement assistance
  • Awards/recognition received from local/national industry organizations
  • ASE certification preparation course
  • Supplemental certificate programs

Our picks were chosen entirely on the quality of the school and the programs that they offer. So, here you will find the results of our search – our top picks for the best associate degree program in automotive technology in each state.


 


ALABAMA

 

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Trenholm State Community College
Montgomery, AL
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Trenholm State Community College is a 2-year community college with two campuses, both located in Montgomery.

Degree programs offered:
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree – Automotive Technology – On-campus

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology Certificate – On-campus
Automotive Collision Repair Certificate – On-campus

• Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
• Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $11,975 (includes tools)
• Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $9,800 (Automotive Technology); $10,660 (Collision)

What we really like about Trenholm is that it has a variety of automotive programs to offer. The automotive technology program is offered as a traditional 2-year degree program, as well as a certificate program. The program incorporates the basic principles of automotive technology and covers all eight core areas leading to NATEF certification. And, as the automotive industry continues to evolve, courses focusing on computer systems and advanced engine diagnostics are essential to any prospective automotive specialist. With innovative courses focusing on computer-based engine systems, Trenholm students can expect to be highly competitive in the job market.

The degree program in automotive technology also boasts an incredible 6-month dealership work experience. Working under the direction of an experienced mechanic, students are tasked with completing assignments designed to parallel the focus of current in-class topics. Students work 40 hours per week in a sponsoring dealership, in addition to their regular campus-based course schedule. The Automotive Technology Certificate includes the same core ASE topics but does not offer a dealership work experience.

At Trenholm, students also have the option of completing the Automotive Collision Repair Certificate. What’s unique about this certificate program is that students have the opportunity to participate in an elective auto body internship, giving students the practical, real-world shop experience needed to be successful. It’s also worth noting that in 2015, Trenholm had a 94% job placement rate among students who completed the Automotive Collision Repair Certificate.

And, in order to ensure that all students are successful, the Trenholm State Career Center is always available to help current students and alumni alike with job placement assistance, career counseling, and resume preparation assistance.

ALASKA

 

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University of Alaska
Anchorage, AK
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The University of Alaska – Anchorage (UAA) is a 4-year university in Anchorage. The automotive programs at UAA are part of the Transportation & Power Division.

Degree programs offered:
Associate of Applied Science – Automotive Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Certificate in Automotive Technology

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees: $202 per credit hour (resident), $715 per credit hour (non-resident)

In 2016, Continental Auto Group announced a joint venture in which the auto group opened an up registered apprenticeship program for automotive technicians at UAA.  Of course, such a big announcement caught our attention and made us look twice at this school.  What’s really unique about this agreement is that UAA is the only college in Alaska to enter into a Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium (RACC) program, which not only highlights UAA’s commitment to high standards but also further reinforces the quality education automotive students can expect to receive.

The automotive technology program at UAA is designed to help students develop the skills needed to diagnose and repair today’s complex vehicles.  By combining classroom teaching of core automotive fundamentals with an intensive hands-on practical experience, automotive students receive an all-around, comprehensive technical education that prepares them for success.  The degree and certificate program are both available in two tracks – General Automotive or GM ASEP.

The GM ASEP program is highly selective, and enrollment is only available in even-numbered years.  Students attend classroom lecture for first the 10 weeks of the semester and then participate in a full-time, paid internship at their sponsoring dealership for the balance of the semester.  As a stipulation of enrollment, students are required to secure employment/sponsorship at a local GM dealership.

The Certificate in Automotive Technology includes all of the same courses as the AAS in Automotive Technology, minus the general education credits.

ARIZONA

 

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GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Glendale, AZ
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Glendale Community College is a two-year college with its main campus located in Glendale and another campus in Phoenix.

Degree programs offered:
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree – General Automotive Technology
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree – GM ASEP
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree – Ford Asset
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree – Fiat-Chrysler CAP

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Engines and Drive Trains, Certificate of Completion
Automotive Engine Performance Certificate of Completion
Automotive Technology Certificate of Completion
Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair
Automotive Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Certificate of Completion
Automotive Chassis, Certificate of Completion (CCL)

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $5,780 (not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $1,500 (Not including tools/books)

The selection of automotive programs at GCC is among the largest in the state and region. Students can choose from a variety of Associate Degree programs, which include various specializations. An automotive mechanic education in the repair and service of vehicles made Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors are available on an individual basis. These programs explore more than just general automotive repair. There is a concentration on the specifics of repair involving vehicles made by those three individual manufacturers.

The certificate programs offered at GCC offer training in different disciplines that allow mechanics to expand their overall body of knowledge. Multiple certificates can be used to bolster the resume of an auto mechanic.

GCC also features a Modular Accelerated Automotive Program, also known as MAAP. This is a collection of the same classes available in the automotive technology programs, although it is done in an accelerated manner. This allows students to complete more classes in less time. It is available because of a 5-week summer session that is added to a 16-week session taken in either the fall or spring.

ARKANSAS

 

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Arkansas State University
Newport, AR
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Arkansas State University (ASU) is a 4-year public university located in Jonesboro with several extension centers throughout the state. ASU-Beebe, ASU-Newport, ASU-Mountain Home, and ASU Mid South are additional stand-alone campuses within the umbrella of the Arkansas State University System.

Degree programs offered:
Associate of Applied Science – Automotive Service Technology
Associate of Applied Science – Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Service Technology – Technical Certificate
Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology – Technical Certificate

• Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
• Total program cost – AST degree: $6,855
• Total program cost – AST certificate: $5,430
• Total program cost – Collision degree: $6,500
• Total program cost – Collision certificate: $4,500

Arkansas State University (ASU) has a lot to offer those looking to pursue a career in the automotive industry. Not only does ASU offer degree and certificate programs in automotive service technology and collision repair, it also boasts a variety of additional certificate options for those that want to increase their employability by specializing in a specific area.
Some of these additional areas of specialization include automotive transmissions & axles, automotive engine performance, automotive mechanical systems, automotive heating & air conditioning. Best of all, these specialty programs only take one semester to complete!

With hands-on training, under the direction of experienced ASE Master Certified instructors, graduates of ASU’s automotive programs will find themselves highly marketable to future employers. In fact, many graduates of the automotive service technology program have gone on to secure lucrative employment opportunities with local companies like Cavenaugh Auto Group, Glen Sain Motors, and Fletcher Auto Group. Several local body shops, including Steve’s Auto Body, Bailey’s Paint, and Body, and Collision Repair of Jonesboro, have hired graduates of the collision repair program at ASU.

The degree and certificate programs listed above are available at the ASU-Newport and ASU-Beebee locations.

CALIFORNIA

 

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Fresno City College
Fresno, CA
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Fresno City College is a 2-year community college located in Fresno.

Degree programs offered:
Associate of Science (AS) – Automotive Technology
Associate of Science (AS) – Automotive Technology in General Motors ASEP
Associate of Science (AS) – Automotive Collision Repair Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology Certificate
Collision Repair Technology Certificate

• Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
• Tuition/Fees: $46 per credit hour (in-state), $280 per credit hour (out-of-state)

Fresno City College (FCC) offers three-degree options and a variety of certificate options to those interested in a career in automotive technology. Here are some of the highlights of the automotive degree programs offered by FCC:
• AS in Automotive Technology – incorporates the fundamentals of manual and automatic transmissions, fuel systems, and ignition systems. Also includes laboratory skills training in chassis systems and powertrain systems.
• AS in Automotive Technology in General Motors ASEP – combines academic coursework with advanced GM technical training. Students in this program complete their internship in a GM dealership. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to receive GM industry certification.
• AS in Collision Repair Technology – integrates fundamental skills in sheet metal, welding, frame straightening, and estimating and helps to prepare students for I-CAR industry certification.

All of the degree programs offered by FCC include an occupational work experience in which students get real-life, hands-on training working in a dealership alongside experienced automotive specialists. The automotive technology degree also allows students to complete Snap On and MoparCAP industry certifications during the program.

And, with additional certificate options in chassis technician, emissions technician, General Motors ASEP, and powertrain technician, students have the opportunity to bolster their career opportunities by specializing in a specific area.

As an added bonus, FCC’s Career and Employment Center is available to provide graduates with resume assistance, interview preparation, and career resources, as well as information on career recruitment events.

COLORADO

 

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Arapahoe Community College
Littleton – Parker – Castle Rock, CO
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Arapahoe Community College is a 2-year public school with campuses in Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock.

Degree programs offered:
Associate of Applied Science – Automotive Service Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate
Automotive Service Management Certificate
Advanced Automotive Electrical/Electronics Certificate

• Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
• Tuition/Fees: $175/credit hour (in-state), $ 622/credit hour (out-of-state)

As the recipient of the 2018 School of the Year Award from Tomorrow’s Technician, an industry magazine, Arapahoe Community College (ACC) certainly caught our attention. Of course, it didn’t go unnoticed how well-connected ACC’s automotive service technology program is to the major auto manufacturers.

The Automotive Service Technology degree program is divided into five specific tracts:
• ATEC – general apprenticeship for professional automotive technicians
• ASEP – General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program
• CAP – Chrysler College Apprenticeship Program
• Nissan – Nissan Denver Technician Apprenticeship Program
• PACT – Professional Automotive Career Training (Honda)

At ACC, students are required to maintain an apprentice position for the duration of the two-year program. Those following the ATEC tract can complete their apprenticeship in any dealership or repair facility. Students enrolled in one of the corporate-sponsored ASEP, CAP, Nissan, or PACT tracts are required to apprentice in a manufacturer dealership of that specific brand. ACC provides placement assistance to ensure that all students secure an apprenticeship prior to the start of the program. This brand-specific apprentice program is unique to ACC and gives students more control over their career and offers them the flexibility to specialize in the brand that interests them most.

ACC’s program is well-recognized in industry circles, and as such, has been the beneficiary of many lucrative industry donations. Dodge, GM, Jeep, Honda, and Nissan have all donated vehicles to the campus shop. The Chrysler Foundation and Nissan North America have provided funding grants, while the Nissan North America Technical Training Department has donated nearly $20,000 to the automotive training program at ACC.

And, for students who want to add a little extra to their skill set, it’s worth noting that the college also offers certificate programs in maintenance and light repair, service management, and advanced electronics.

CONNECTICUT

 

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Gateway Community College
New Haven, CT
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Gateway Community College is a 2-year college located in New Haven.

Degree programs offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology – General Motors ASEP
Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology – Honda PACT
Associate of Applied Science in General Automotive Technology – CARS Program

Certificate programs offered:
General Automotive Technology Certificate
Advanced Automotive Technology Certificate

• Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
• Tuition/Fees: $238/credit hour (in-state), $ 714/credit hour (out-of-state)

What’s unique about Gateway Community College (GCC) is that it’s the only school in Connecticut to offer an automotive program sponsored by multiple auto manufacturers. The automotive programs at GCC are nationally recognized by AC Delco, ASE National Automotive Technicians, GM, and Honda, and with 60 vehicles and more than $5 million in educational materials and equipment, GCC has a lot to offer those interested in a career as an automotive technician.

At GCC, students can choose from three automotive degree programs. Students may choose to specialize by enrolling in the General Motors ASEP program or the Honda PACT program, or for those wanting a more broad base of automotive knowledge, the Comprehensive Automotive Repair & Service (CARS) degree program may be more ideal.

The GM ASEP program is focused entirely on GM products, while the Honda PACT program prepares students for employment in a Honda or Acura facility. The GM ASEP program requires students to intern in a GM-sponsored facility on a full-time basis in order to maintain enrollment in the program. Both programs offer corporate credit for completing online laboratory training. The GM ASEP program is the only auto program at GCC to require a placement exam for acceptance into the program. All degree programs, however, will prepare students for MAST and ASE certification.

Certificate programs are available in the Honda PACT and CARS program.

DELAWARE

 

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Delaware Technical Community College
Dover – Georgetown – Stanton – and Wilmington, DE
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Delaware Technical Community College is a 2-year school with campuses in Dover, Georgetown, Stanton, and Wilmington.

Degree programs offered:
Associate in Applied Science – Automotive

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technician Studies – Diploma

• Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
• Tuition/Fees: $145/credit hour (in-state), $ 362/credit hour (out-of-state)

In 2015, Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) was recognized by Tomorrow’s Technician, an industry magazine, as School of the Year for its automotive program. DTCC offers an associate degree in automotive technology as well as a diploma option.

The degree program combines classroom-based lecture with laboratory practice and a hands-on internship experience. Students receive training on manual and automatic transmissions and complete core courses like electrical systems, braking systems, suspension and steering, and A/C and heating systems. What’s unique about DTCC’s automotive program is that it includes a course in manufacturing techniques, which gives students the opportunity to learn how the vehicles that they’re servicing are actually being made.

The diploma program prepares students for entry-level work in a shop or dealership. It’s worth noting that diploma credits transfer seamlessly to the associate degree pathway, so students can continue their education in automotive technology with ease.

Upon completion of both programs, students will be prepared for ASE Master Technician certification.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

 

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MONTGOMERY COLLEGE
Rockville, MD
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Montgomery College is a two-year post-secondary school with three separate campuses located in the DC suburbs.

Degree programs offered:
Automotive Technology AAS

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Electrical Systems Specialist
Engine Performance Specialist
Powertrain Specialist
Undercar Specialist Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for Automotive Technology AAS Degree: $10,360 (not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for Certificate: $2,761$3,979- (not including tools)

There are no automotive technology degree programs within the District of Columbia, although there are several on the outskirts. Montgomery College is just a short drive from Washington, D.C., and it offers a highly acclaimed Automotive Technology AAS program. There are also four certificate programs that range from 16-23 credits each.

Montgomery College also features its own automotive lab, with a collection of donated vehicles for students to work on. This facility is continually being updated with state of the art equipment to maximize the overall learning experience.

The faculty is comprised by a host of certified and experienced auto technicians. There are also automotive advisors available to help students along the way.

The Associate Degree option provides a NATEF Master Certified curriculum that prepares students for ASE Certification exams upon graduation. Students can immediately find work and this type of preparation helps secure competitive pay rates.

Montgomery College offers numerous campus locations, with ones situated in Rockville, Takoma Park, and Germantown. There are also training centers and community engagement centers available to students. Montgomery College has become a popular choice among DC residents looking to attend a top junior college in the area.

FLORIDA

 

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South Florida State College
Avon Park – Arcadia – Bowling Green – Lake Placid, FL
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South Florida State College is a 4-year educational institution with campuses located in Avon Park, Arcadia, Bowling Green, and Lake Placid.

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Service Technology (AST) – Occupational Certificate
Automotive Collision Technology Technician – Occupational Certificate

• Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
• Complete tuition cost: $5,500 (AST certificate), $4,716 (collision certificate)

South Florida State College (SFSC) has two certificate programs to offer those interested in a career in the automotive industry, and with a top-notch, state-of-the-art shop facility and flexible scheduling, students can be assured that they’re receiving the best learning experience possible.

The automotive service technology program is a 16-month certificate program which combines theory and laboratory instruction with a practical hands-on vocational internship experience. Core courses like engine repair, electrical systems, steering and suspension, and brake systems help prepare students for a variety of career opportunities in the automotive sector.

The collision technician certificate program is also 16 months in length and likewise combines theory, laboratory instruction, and a mandatory internship experience for an all-around comprehensive learning experience. Some of the core courses of this program include panel repair and replacement, body repair, and sheet metal repair as well as painting techniques.

Upon completion of either certificate program, students are eligible for ASE certification. And, for job placement assistance, the Career Development Center is always available to help with resume and interview preparation as well as assistance with securing local employment opportunities.

GEORGIA

 

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COASTAL PINES TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Waycross, GA
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Coastal Pines Technical College is a two-year college located in southeast Georgia and offers an associate degree, diploma and certificate programs.

Diploma programs offered:
Automotive Fundamentals
Automotive Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Climate Control Technician
Automotive Chassis Technician Specialist
Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems
Automotive Engine Repair
Automotive Transmission/Transaxle Tech Specialist
Automotive Engine Performance Technician
Motorsports Fabrication Technician

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for Automotive Technology Diploma: $5,500 (not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $1,500 – $2,000 (Not including tools)

Coastal Pines Technical College has a long list of automotive diploma and certificate programs to choose from. Students can choose from certificate programs that require just 15 credits or they can choose to spend close to a full two years in a diploma program. The most extensive program is the Automotive Technology Diploma program, which requires the completion of 55 credits. Students can earn a certificate or diploma in 1, 2, 3, or 5-semester increments.

Students have the option of taking any of these automotive programs at all three CPTC campus locations. The CPTC campuses that offer automotive training are located in the cities of in Waycross, Jessup and Golden Isles. In-state tuition remains extremely affordable and CPTC offers financial aid options for students who qualify.

CPCT has received accreditation from the NATEF, which enables students to fast track into the working world. Additionally, the Motorsports Fabrication Certificate is one that is not widely available in the state of Georgia. Residents in the Peach State have plenty of choices when pursuing an automotive technology education at CPTC.

CPCT has expanded throughout the region to include seven campus locations. This has made commuting easier for its students as convenience is available in a variety of forms at CPTC. The school also continues to put extensive efforts into strengthening its workforce development programs.

HAWAII

 

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KAUAI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Li’hue, HI
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Kauai Community College is a two-year college that is affiliated with the University of Hawaii and is located in Li’hue.

Degree programs offered:
Automotive Technology – Associate Degree of Applied Science

Certificate programs offered:
Engine Specialist
Undercar Specialist
Drivetrain Specialist
HEV Preventative Maintenance
Master Automobile Service Technology
Automotive Green Technology
Electronics/Computer Control Specialist
HEV Diagnostic and Repair
Heavy Line Technician

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for Automotive AAS Degree: $9,335 (not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $2,391 – $4,461 (Not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for Master Technician certificate program: $7,341 (Not including tools)

Kauai Community College is able to provide an extensive amount of resources because of its affiliation with the University of Hawaii. This has enabled the Automotive Technology program to offer a variety of certificate options, along with an Associate Degree pathway. Students can choose from nine different programs, which includes a Master Automotive Technology Certificate. This requires the completion of 56 credits, which typically takes four semesters.

NATEF accreditation also comes with the use of state-of-the-art equipment. Students at Kauai Community College are able to utilize an abundance of resources that enhance the overall learning experience. Students are required to buy their own tools to use in these programs and costs can range depending upon where they are purchased. Those interested in applying to the Automotive Technology AAS program are encouraged to apply early as qualified candidates are accepted on a rolling basis.

Kauai Community College features a team of experienced instructors and there are also student counseling resources available. Student services are available on campus and there are also scholarship options for those with a certain GPA. The price per credit is also very competitive with similar two-year colleges and the University of Hawaii affiliation does not skyrocket costs.

ILLINOIS

 

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Illinois Valley Community College
Oglesby, Ottawa, IL
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Illinois Valley Community College is a 2-year school. The school’s main campus is located in Oglesby, with an extension campus in Ottawa.

Degree programs offered:
Associate in Applied Science – Automotive Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Basic Automotive Technology Certificate
Advanced Automotive Technology Certificate
Auto Brakes, Suspension, and Alignment Certificate
Engine Performance Certificate
Drivability Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees: $133 per credit hour (in-state), $384.88 per credit hour (out-of-state)

The automotive technology program at Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) is a comprehensive 2-year degree program designed to help students develop a broad knowledge base of automotive systems and components.  The program teaches both automatic and manual transmission and includes courses in service management, fuel systems and emission controls, and computerized engine controls.

Some of the highlights of the program include:

  • Students can complete the program on a part-time or full-time basis
  • Includes ASE certification prep course
  • Students receive local job placement assistance

Students in this program can expect to spend about 80% of their time in the campus shop working on live vehicles.  The shop includes a variety of different makes and models, including Ford, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, GM, and Honda.  And, the school even has its own auto lab for engine and transmission rebuilding.

IVCC also offers certificates in Basic Automotive Technology; Advanced Automotive Technology; Auto, Brakes, Suspension, and Alignment; Engine Performance; and Drivability.  The certificate in advanced automotive technology is a 2-year program and includes much of what the degree program does, minus the general education credits.

INDIANA

 

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Ivy Tech Community College
East Chicago, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Muncie, Richmond, South Bend, and Terra Haute, IN
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Ivy Tech Community College is a 2-year school with 45 campuses and extension sites.  The associate’s degree in automotive technology is offered at the East Chicago, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Muncie, Richmond, South Bend, and Terra Haute locations.

Degree programs offered:
Associate of Applied Science – Automotive Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Auto Body Technology Technical Certificate
Automotive Service Technology Technical Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees: $140.61 per credit hour (in-state), $275.08 per credit hour (out-of-state)

In 2016, Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology Program was voted “Best Technical Program in the United States” by the American Technical Education Association.  The 2-year automotive degree program at Ivy Tech is interactive and helps students build a core knowledge base in engine performance and repair, steering and suspension systems,  and electrical systems, as well as hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles.  And, upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the ASE certification examination.

One of the highlights of this program is that students are able to choose their area of specialization.  Students choose one of the available certificate options (Auto Body, Automotive Service, Diesel Heavy Truck, Motorsports), and the program courses are then designed around that specialty.

For those interested in specializing in Chrysler vehicles, the Mopar CAP program is available at the Fort Wayne campus.  With this program, students work in the campus shop exclusively on Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and FIAT vehicles and are trained to use the most up-to-date FCA diagnostic tools.

Additional specialized technical certificate options include:
Advanced Diesel Electronics Controls
Alternative Fuels
Automotive Technology
Collision Repair
Electric and Hybrid Vehicle
Maintenance and Light Repair
Truck Chassis Systems
Diesel Heavy Truck Technology
Motorsports Technology

IOWA

 

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Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton, Urban/Des Moines, and West Des Moines, IA
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Des Moines Area Community College is a 2-year public school with campuses in Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton, Urban/Des Moines, and West Des Moines.

Degree programs offered:
Associate of Applied Science – Auto ASEP GM
Associate of Applied Science – Auto ASSET Ford Motors
Associate of Applied Science – Auto MOPAR CAP Chrysler
Associate of Applied Science – Auto Collision Technology
Associate of Applied Science – Auto Mechanics Technology
Associate of Applied Science – Caterpillar Technology
Associate of Applied Science – Diesel Technology

Diploma and Certificate programs offered:
Auto Chassis and Power Train Diploma
Auto Collision Technology Diploma
Auto Engines and Tune-Up Diploma
Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Diploma
Auto Minor Repair/Vehicle Maintenance Certificate
Diesel Technology Diploma
Diesel Maintenance Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees: $157 per credit hour (in-state), $314 per credit hour (out-of-state)

Anyone interested in a career in the automotive industry needs to check out Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).  They have seven different degree options to choose from and a variety of specialized diploma and certificate programs as well.  With so much to offer, it’s not surprising that DMACC was voted “Best Place to Continue Education” by CityView readers, a local independent newsmagazine covering central Iowa.

The automotive program at DMACC is divided into three specialized tracks:  ASEP GM, Ford, and Mopar CAP.  With a combination of classroom lecture, campus-based shop practice, and hands-on internship work experience, students get an all-around, comprehensive learning experience which helps them build the core automotive knowledge and skill they need to be successful.

Below are some of the highlights of each specialized degree track:

ASEP GM Program:

  • Includes instructor-led training in a modern, state-of-the-art, 70-vehicle shop facility
  • Includes a paid internship at a GM dealership, with wage increases given based on GPA and productivity
  • Students are required to secure employment at a GM dealership prior to starting the program. DMACC provides assistance if needed.

Ford ASSET Program:

  • Includes internship at sponsoring Ford or Lincoln dealership. DMACC assists students in securing a sponsoring dealership
  • Practice skills in a top-notch shop facility and learn how to use the latest Ford diagnostic technology. The DMACC campus shop includes an integrated diagnostic system (IDS), a computerized diagnostic system which can integrate with later model Ford and Lincoln vehicles, which was donated to the school by Ford.

Mopar CAP Program:

  • Includes a paid internship at sponsoring a Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep dealership, with pay increases based on performance
  • DMACC assists students with securing employment at a sponsoring dealership

DMACC’s automotive degree programs are offered at the Ankeny campus.  The Ford ASSET program is only available at the Urban/Des Moines campus.

KANSAS

 

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Barton Community College
Great Bend, Fort Riley, Fort Levenworth, and Grandview Plaza KS
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Degree programs offered:
Associate in Applied Science – Automotive Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees: $101 per credit hour (in-state), $108 per credit hour (out-of-state)

As the first college in Kansas to offer a course in hybrid vehicle technology, Barton Community College’s automotive technology program certainly caught our attention.  The program brings cutting edge technology together with core automotive fundamentals to help prepare students for their future career.

With a modern, state-of-the-art shop facility and a curriculum led by ASE Master Certified instructors, students can feel confident that they will be ready to take on a variety of career opportunities in the automotive industry.  BCC’s students have gone on to work as a service writer, automotive technician, service manager, and even entrepreneur.  In fact, Barnard Tire & Automotive, a local shop in Hoisington, is owned by a graduate of BCC’s automotive program.

One of the key features of this program is job placement assistance.  After graduation, BCC works with local dealerships and shops to ensure that its graduates have job opportunities.  The school also offers a flexible scheduling option, which allows students to maintain a part-time job while completing the program.

Another caveat of BCC’s program is that it includes optional elective courses which give automotive students the opportunity to specialize.  Students have the option of taking courses in service techniques, hybrid and electric powertrain, or auto body repair, or they can opt to participate in an occupational internship program.

KENTUCKY

 

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Bluegrass Community Technical College
Bluegrass Community Technical College is a 2-year school with campuses in Lexington, Danville, Georgetown, Lawrenceburg, and Winchester. It is one of 16 colleges within the Kentucky Community & Technical College System.
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Degree programs offered:
Associate of Applied Science – Automotive Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Air Conditioning Mechanic – Certificate
Automotive Electrician – Certificate
Automotive Transmission-Transaxle Technician – Certificate
Brake Repair – Certificate
Engine Repair – Certificate
Front End Mechanic – Certificate
Manual Transmission Technician – Certificate
Tune-Up Mechanic – Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees: $162 per credit hour (in-state), $567 per credit hour (out-of-state)

What really stands out about Bluegrass Community Technical College is the vast assortment of automotive degree and certificate programs it has to offer.  With an associate’s degree program and eight certificate options to choose from, this school really has a lot to offer.

The associate’s in automotive technology is a 2-year program with a rotating enrollment cycle.  The curriculum includes core courses like suspension and steering, manual and automatic transmissions, fuel and ignition systems, and computer controls and is designed to help students learn skills in servicing vehicles, preventive vehicle maintenance, and troubleshooting using the state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.

One of the highlights of the program is that students are able to participate in a work-study experience at a local dealership.  This on-site work experience, coupled with campus shop work and core technical courses, creates a comprehensive learning environment that will help students to be successful in their future careers in the automotive industry

Another caveat of BCC’s program is that it includes optional elective courses which give automotive students the opportunity to specialize.  Students have the option of taking courses in service techniques, hybrid and electric powertrain, or auto body repair, or they can opt to participate in an occupational internship program.

LOUISIANA

 

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Bluegrass Community Technical College
New Orleans, Metairie, LA
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Delgado Community College is a 2-year community college with campus locations in New Orleans and Metairie.

Degree programs offered:
Associate of Applied Science – Motor Vehicle Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Motor Vehicle Technology – Certificate of Technical Studies

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition: $133 per credit hour (in-state), $178 per credit hour (out-of-state)

Delgado Community College (DCC) is the only GM ASEP college in the entire state of Louisiana, so it’s not surprising that this school caught our attention.  And, in fact, GM has really invested a lot into the automotive program at DCC.  One of the most recent donations to the campus shop at DCC included four top-line cars:  2017 Camaro, 2016 Cadillac CT6, 2013 Camaro SS, and 2015 Cadillac Escalade.  DCC also offers the Ford ASSET program for students interested in a career working on Ford vehicles.

The quality of Delgado Community College’s automotive program is absolutely top-notch.  In fact, just this year, the gold medal in Automotive Service Technology at the Louisiana SkillsUSA competition was awarded to a DCC Ford ASSET student.  That makes 2018 the sixth year in a row that a student of the Ford ASSET program at DCC has taken home the gold at the SkillsUSA competition.  But not only did DCC students walk away with the gold, they also took home the bronze and silver medals too.

DCC’s automotive program design is simple:  combine classroom-based lecture with intense hands-on training in the school’s highline motor vehicle lab and then pair that with a real-world internship experience.

In both the degree and certificate program, students choose a concentration area of study, either Collision Repair or General Automotive.  And then, students pick their specialized program, either GM ASEP or Ford ASSET.  In both programs, students are required to complete an eight-week, full-time internship each semester.  And, both manufacturers also offer online factory training as well as hands-on training at the manufacturer’s training center.

MAINE

 

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SOUTHERN MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
South Portland, ME
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Southern Maine Community College is a two-year college with campus locations in the cities of South Portland as well as Brunswick. There are also seven satellite centers throughout the area.

Degree programs offered:
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree –Automotive Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Chassis Systems Certificate
Automotive Powertrain Systems Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $15,280 (not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $7,640 (Not including tools/books)

Southern Maine Community College offers housing options for students looking for the complete college experience. Residence Halls are open to students at the South Portland or Midcoast campuses. There are also meal plans and a host of campus activities. Meanwhile, the price is very affordable, particularly when compared to some private universities in the state.

The Associate Degree program in Automotive Technology typically takes four semesters to complete and features 70 credits. There are shop areas on campus and those spaces are rather large. Southern Maine Community College provides its automotive students the opportunity to work with equipment that is state of the art. The student to teacher ratio will not go over 13 to 1. There is also the option for students to obtain work experience at an auto shop for the co-op part of the program.

Southern Maine Community College offers great accessibility as it features seven satellite campuses. Students pursuing an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology can complete their core requirements at any of those locations, as well as the main campus in South Portland or the Midcoast campus in Brunswick.

Graduates of the automotive technology program at Southern Maine Community College have a high rate of employment right out of college. The program has also established affiliations and relationships with many local businesses in the auto repair industry.

MARYLAND

 

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BALTIMORE COUNTY
Baltimore, MD
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The Community College of Baltimore County is a two-year college with three campuses and three separate extension centers that offer classes.

Degree programs offered:
Automotive Technology (Global Option)
Automotive Technology (Ford, General Motors, Toyota)

Certificate Programs Offered:
Automotive Air Conditioning and Heating Specialist Certificate
Automotive Brake and Suspension Specialist Certificate
Automotive Drive Train Specialist Certificate
Automotive Electrical and Electronic Specialist Certificate
Automotive Engine Specialist Certificate
Automotive Master Technician Certificate
Automotive Service Attendant Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for Automotive AAS Degree: $8,438 (not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $2,074 – $3,538 (Not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for Master Technician certificate program: $7,235 (Not including tools)

The Automotive training programs offered at CCBC are offered only at the Cantonsville campus. The school also features campuses in Baltimore and Dundalk. The highest Automotive Technology Degree offered at CBCC is at the Associate Degree level and there are two options. Students can choose from the global option, which teaches automotive repair on a variety of vehicles. There is also the option for specialization.

Students can earn an Associate Degree with a specialization in repair Ford, GM, or Toyota vehicles. The Ford Asset program, Toyota-Ten program and GM ASEP programs are all offered as part of the Automotive Technology Associate Degree pathway. These specializations will allow graduates the opportunity to work for a dealership or repair center that fixes one brand of vehicles. CBCC has also added a Chrysler specialization to go along with the Global option.

The most in-depth certificate program offered at CBCC is the Automotive Master Technician Certificate, which is very similar to an Associate Degree, although it does not require the same general education courses. The other certificate programs can be completed in one to two semesters.

MASSACHUSETTS

 

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MASSACHUSETTS BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Framingham, MA
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Massachusetts Bay Community College is a two-year college that features multiple campus locations, with one in Framingham and the others in Wellesley Hills and Ashland.

Degree programs offered:
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree – Automotive Technology BMW
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree – Automotive Technology Chrysler
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree – Automotive Technology General Motors
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree – Automotive Technology Toyota Lexus

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology – Toyota Lexus (Certificate)

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $15,264 (not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $9,964 (Not including tools)

Massachusetts Bay Community College is home to an automotive technology center that is located on the Ashland campus, which is just a few miles from the city of Framingham. The staff of instructors are all ASE certified auto mechanics with a wealth of experience. The Associate Degree programs take 21 months to complete. The setup of these programs features the essentials of automotive repair and then allow students to specialize in the service of vehicles made by one manufacturer. This is a unique type of training that also allows students to work directly with dealerships in the local area.

As part of these programs, students will venture out and experience life as an auto mechanic in their respective manufacturer setting. Students also have the potential to earn anywhere from $4,000 to $16,000 as part of their co-op program.

Automotive students spend time at both the Ashland and Framingham campuses. Massachusetts Bay Community College boasts a 99% job placement rate among its graduates. This allows students to be fast tracked into the auto repair industry upon the completion of their program requirements.

MICHIGAN

 

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LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Lansing, MI
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Lansing Community College is a two-year college located in the city of Lansing, which features an Automotive Technologies Program that is home to a number of degree and certificate offerings.

Degree programs offered:
Associate Degree – Driveability and Electrical Diagnostic Specialist AAS
Associate Degree – Hybrid and Alternative Fuels, AAS
Associate Degree – Undercar Maintenance and Repair Specialist, AAS

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technologies
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Collision Repair
Advanced Technology Vehicle Specialist
Brakes and Suspension Systems Specialist
Driveability and Electrical Diagnostic Specialist
Electrical and Air Conditioning Diagnostic Specialist
Maintenance/Light Repair Specialist

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $ 6,165 (not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $2,970 (Not including tools)

LCC has a long list of options for those interested in an automotive technologies education. It also has one of the most extensive program list in the entire region. One of the most impressive features is that many automotive students at LCC are able to find work while they are still taking classes.

The curriculums in each program, whether they are a degree or certificate program, are based on ASE industry standards. The courses within these programs are available to day students, night students and there are even weekend course offerings.

LCC is always staying ahead of the learning curve and that is signified by its Alternative Fuels program. Students learn about state of the art technology while also putting themselves in a position to repair vehicles with advanced features and systems.

The staff at LCC is not only experienced, certified and well trained, but it is one of the largest automotive faculties anywhere in the Midwest. There is a vast amount of instructors, which enables students to take advantage of individualized attention.

MINNESOTA

 

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DAKOTA COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Rosemount, MN
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Dakota County Technical College is a two-year public college located in the city of Rosemount.

Degree programs offered:
Associate Degree of Applied Science – Automotive Technician
Associate Degree of Applied Science – GM Automotive Service

Diploma and Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technician – Diploma (66 Credits)
Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair – Diploma
Automotive Electronics & HVAC – Diploma
Automotive Engine Performance – Diploma
Automotive Powertrain – Diploma
Automotive Vehicle Maintenance – Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $ 17,582 (not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for Diploma/Certificate programs: $7,051-$10,478 (not including tools)

The automotive education offerings at Dakota County College include a number of certificate, diploma and degree programs. There is a two-year diploma option that is just about the equivalent of an associate degree, in addition to five other one-year programs. Students can also utilize transfer options to a four-year program at Minnesota State University.

Dakota County Technical College has a number of on-campus events, clubs and activities to provide students with a well-rounded college experience. Students also have options to reduce their tuition by applying for a number of scholarships, financial aid and work-study positions.

The Automotive program also features a CFL program, which gives students college credit for prior learning experiences. More information is available for those who believe they have acquired a life experience that would qualify for credit.

Dakota County Technical College also offers a manufacturer specific training program as students can earn an Associate Degree that specializes in the service and repair of vehicles made by General Motors. The certificate and diploma programs range from one to two years in length and are very comprehensive. Instructors are all certified and experience, which provides an informative and affordable experience to students.

MISSISSIPPI

 

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HINDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Raymond, MS
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Hinds Community College is a two-year college that draws students from five different counties in Mississippi.

Degree programs offered:
Automotive Technology
Collision Repair Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology
Automotive Machinist Technology
Collision Repair Technology
Diesel Technology

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for Automotive AAS Degree: $5,760 (not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $2,880 (Not including tools)

Hinds Community College offers three options for students looking to pursue a career in Automotive Technology. There is an Automotive Technology Associate Degree program that takes two years to complete. Hinds also offers a technical certificate that can be completed in 18 months or a career certificate that spans 12 months. The Automotive Technology program is offered at all four Hinds campus locations. Students are welcome to take their Automotive Technology courses at the Raymond, Utica, Rankin, or Vicksburg campus locations.

The tuition cost at Hinds is among the lowest in the state as graduates are not burdened with a high accumulation of debt. Financial aid and scholarship options are also offered to students. Tools are needed for the automotive programs and they are not factored into the cost of tuition.

Hinds also offers a Collision Repair Technology degree or certificate, although those curriculums are much different than the Automotive Technology coursework. The Automotive Technology program offers three levels of training. The first is Maintenance & Light Repair and that is followed by Automobile Service Technician training. The program concludes with a Master Automobile Service Technician level. The program is structured sequentially so that skills learned in the first couple stages can be used in the final one.

Hinds also offers Career Coach services as part of its student resources. Automotive Technology students at all campuses are free to use all the student services available at all campus locations.

MISSOURI

 

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METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Kansas City, MO
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Metropolitan Community College is a two-year college centralized in Kansas City with five different campus locations in the surrounding area.

Degree programs offered:
Associate Degree of Applied Science – Automotive Technology
Associate Degree of Applied Science – GM ASEP Program
Associate Degree of Applied Science – Ford Asset

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology
Automotive Collision Repair
Automotive Service, Maintenance, & Light Repair

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $5,063 (not including tools or student fees)
  • Tuition/fees for Certificate programs: $1,098-$2,745 (not including additional fees)

MCC has five campus locations and is a very affordable option, featuring some of the lowest tuition fees in the state. Students can take advantage of a variety of financial aid packages as well. The Automotive educational programs are housed on MCC’s Longwood campus.

In addition to its many certificate programs, MCC also offers manufacturer specific training in two of its A.A.S. programs. Students can choose from the Ford Asset or GM ASEP program, which introduces them to the specifics of repair on vehicles made by each of those manufacturers. As part of these programs, students will obtain a temporary position at a sponsoring dealership.

The Associate Degree programs are divided up into classroom portions, which comprise 40% of student time. There is also a lab portion, which extends to 60% of the students’ time in the program.

MCC has developed many relationships with local dealerships and businesses in the automotive industry. This is a valuable asset to graduates as it can fast track them into a full-time position as an auto mechanic in Missouri. Job placement rates are extremely high out of all the automotive programs at MCC.

MONTANA

 

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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY – BILLINGS
Billings, MT
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Montana State University has a number of locations and its City College location in Billings awards a variety of two-year degrees.

Degree programs offered:
Associate Degree of Applied Science – Automotive Technology
Associate Degree of Applied Science – Automobile Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Auto Technology of Applied Science
Automobile Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $7,806 (not including books and supplies)
  • Tuition/fees for Certificate programs: $3,903 (not including books and supplies)

The automotive programs are available at the City College location of MSU in Billings. While there are housing options available at MSU’s Bozeman campus, there are no housing options at City College. This campus is designed primarily for students seeking certificates or two-year degrees.

Students who enroll in one of MSU’s automotive programs must purchase their own tools as they are not made available through the school. The Certificate programs can be completed in 30 weeks while the degree programs require a two-year commitment.

Instructors in the Automotive Department have acquired many years of experience and class size is kept small in order to provide an ample amount of individual attention. There are a number of opportunities available to graduates right out of MSU as the school has built lasting relationships in the community.

Scholarships and financial aid packages are available to students entering the automotive technology program and that can reduce what is already a low tuition cost for residents of Montana.

NEBRASKA

 

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SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Lincoln, NE
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Southeast Community College is a two-year college with multiple campus locations in the cities of Lincoln, Milford and Beatrice.

Degree programs offered:
Automotive Technology
Auto Collision Repair Technology
Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training
General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program
MOPAR-Chrysler/Dodge/RAM/Jeep College Automotive Program

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for Automotive AAS Degree: $9,800 (not including tools)

Southeast Community College features five Associate Degree programs in Automotive Technology. The first is a traditional type of general repair course that teaches the specifics on automotive repair. There are also three manufacturer specific programs as students can earn an Associate Degree with a specialization in the repair and service of vehicles made by Ford, General Motors or Chrysler. The final option is an Associate Degree in Auto Collision Repair.

The Automotive Technology courses are offered at both the Lincoln and Milford campuses. Students can start the program during any quarter at Milford while start dates for the Lincoln location are limited to the summer and winter quarters.

General education requirements are needed for all these programs as students will earn an Associate Degree of Applied Science. Students in the program must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their program classes. Students are required to purchase their own tools as well.

SCC is one of the few programs that offers NATEF accredited automotive technology training in the state of Nebraska. Pass rates for ASE certification exams among graduates are in an extremely high percentile. There is an abundance of individualized attention from the staff as class size is limited to maintain a certain student to teacher ratio. The manufacturer specific training options also make SCC one of the few schools in the region to offer such programs.

NEVADA

 

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TRUCKEE MEADOWS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Reno, NV
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Truckee Meadows Community College features five different locations in the Reno area and is mainly a commuter school. The main campus with all the administrative functions is the Dandini campus.

Degree programs offered:
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree – Transportation Technologies– On-campus

Certificate programs offered:
Certificate of Achievement, Automotive ASE Technician
Certificate of Achievement, Automotive General Service Technician
Basic Skills Certificate
Diesel Technician: Heavy Duty Power Trains, Skills Certificate
Diesel Technician: Light and Heavy Duty (HD) Diesel Engines, Skills Certificate
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Master, Skills Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $5,495 (not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $2,745 (Automotive Technology)

There is a wide range of automotive technician programs offered at Truckee Meadows. The AAS program is at the top of the list while there is an array of certificate programs. There are also programs that provide training in certain skills, which can help auto mechanics prepare and pass an ASE certification exam. Because of the variety offered, there are different time lengths in regard to these programs. The Certificate of Achievement programs take one year to complete while the AAS program takes two full years on a full-time basis.

As part of the AAS program, students are able to take elective courses in route to a total of 66 credits. Certificate programs typically require 43 and 37 credits respectively. A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be maintained while in the program.

TMCC also makes it feasible for students to build their overall body of work. Credits taken in a certificate or skills program can be used towards earning an Associate Degree. The general service training may even be applied to another degree outside of Transportation Technologies. TMCC also provides an ample amount of resources, assistance and job placement assistance to its automotive students. There are also a host of financial aid options available. Out-of-state students are forced to pay slightly higher costs than those who reside in the state of Nevada.

NEW JERSEY

 

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CAMDEN COUNTY COLLEGE
Blackwood, NJ
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Camden County College is a two-year college located in the city of Blackwood, NJ, which is in the heart of Camden County.

Degree programs offered:
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree
GM ASEP Associate in Applied Science Degree

Certificate programs offered:
General Technician Certificate
GM Certificate
Automotive Technology – CTI

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $8,650 (not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $4,325

The Camden County College Automotive Technology program is affiliated with the General Motors manufacturer specific training program, which is called GM ASEP. This program introduces students to the innerworkings of service and repair on all vehicles made by General Motors. This includes Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick vehicles. Students have the option of obtaining a certificate or Associate Degree program in this specialty.

Camden County College is revered for its affordability and its Blackwood campus is among the most spacious of any two-year school in the state of New Jersey. The Associate Degree program allows students to take on an apprenticeship, which will expose them to a live auto repair setting. This apprenticeship is also referred to as a 360-hour practicum. Some classes are offered at the Camden County College extension centers, which are located in Sicklerville and the city of Camden.

The Camden County College campus is located well beyond the city of Camden in the heart of Camden County. Its location is easily accessible and the campus has a scenic setting immersed in a landscape rife with nature. Camden County works with students to provide a number of financial aid options. There are no minimum credits needed to be eligible for Pell Grants, as students with as few as 3 credits are eligible. There is even a tuition waiver program that is available to students who are unemployed and residing in Camden County.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

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NASHUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Nashua, NH
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Nashua Community College is a two-year institution nestled in the city of Nashua, NH. There is one main campus housing its Industry and Transportation class offerings.

Degree programs offered:
Associate in Science Degree in Automotive Technology
Associate in Science Degree in Honda Automotive Technology

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $16,737
  • Tuition/fees do not account for tools, orientation or graduation

Nashua Community College features Honda PACT training in addition to its regular automotive technology curriculum. Honda PACT is a program that was created to teach mechanics the specifics of repair and service on all vehicles made by Honda. Students who complete this program learn the fundamentals of Honda automotive repair, which is a bit different than learning a curriculum that focuses more on general automotive repair. The Honda PACT program at Nashua furnishes mechanics with more than 50% of the training required to become a Honda Master technician.

The Automotive Technology Program at Nashua prepares students for the roles of a dealership technician, auto mechanic in an independent shop, service writer, auto part sales person, or power sports mechanic. A degree from Nashua is also transferrable for those individuals looking to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Technology or a related field.

Nashua provides a unique training program because there is an equal emphasis on performance and diagnostic repair. The school also has a close relationship with the New Hampshire Automotive Dealership Association, which can help facilitate graduates into a full-time position. NCC is also affiliated with a host of local businesses in the auto repair industry. Beginning a career as an auto mechanic at Nashua Community College enables students to start developing relationships in the local community long before their graduation date.

NEW MEXICO

 

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CENTRAL NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Albuquerque, NM
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Degree programs offered:
Transportation Technology (AAS), Automotive Technology Concentration

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Service Fundamentals, Certificate of Achievement
Automotive Technology, Certificate of Completion

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $2,592 (not including tools)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $756-$1800 (not including tools)

Central New Mexico Community College offers an option for all students looking to pursue a career as an auto mechanic. Its two certificate programs require the completion of 14 and 38 credits respectively while the Associate Degree option requires the completion of 63-67 credits. This allows students to choose from options that can be completed in different time lengths when attending on a full-time basis.

The Associate Degree option is designed to span a total of five terms, which provides students with an ample amount of time to benefit from all course offerings. However, there is the possibility to complete an AAS in four terms. There are also program-approved electives which are offered throughout each term.

At CNM, students who already hold an ASE certification will receive prior learning credits for those distinctions. Those who hold a valid OHSA certification may also receive credit as part of the automotive technology program. However, one of the biggest benefits of the automotive technology program at CNM is its affordability.

Tuition costs for this program are among the lowest of any NATEF certified program in the region. Financial aid options are also available to auto mechanic students which can reduce overall costs at an even greater rate. There is a long list of financial aid awards and loans, in addition to other cost-saving options like bookstore deferments and student employment awards. There is a low student to instructor ratio in CNM”s auto mechanic training, which provides quality hands-on instruction and lots of individual attention to students.

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NEW YORK AUTOMOTIVE AND DIESEL INSTITUTE
Jamaica, NY
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Degree programs offered:
Automotive Technology AOS Degree
Automotive and Diesel Technology – AOS Degree

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Service Technology – Certificate
Truck and Diesel Service Technology – Certificate
Collision Repair Technology – Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $17,635 per year (Program can be completed in 15 months)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $17,635 annually (Many financial aid options available)

NYADI is one of the few schools that is strictly devoted to automotive repair and diesel technology. The foundation of this entire institution has been based on this kind of repair. While many other programs are part of schools that offer an array of other programs, the concentration at NYADI is very specific. This allows students to get very detailed instruction from experienced professionals.

The tuition may appear rather high at NYADI, although the school is very generous in its distribution of financial aid and awards. Many students see tuition costs drastically reduced when all the financial aid awards are applied to their final bill. NYADI also caters to veterans by offering extremely low tuition rates in conjunction with the GI Bill. Many students at NYADI are able to take advantage of these options and are not encumbered with high tuition costs.

Job placement rates are very high for graduates of NYADI. The school’s Career Services offer an array of resources to help students acclimate to a full-time auto mechanic position. An annual Job Fair is held on campus while Employment Enhancement Skills training is provided to all students. These kinds of programs and resources have continued to serve as an additional benefit to students as they go beyond the realm of automotive service training. There are also academic preparation programs offered to students who need to enhance their core academic standing before entering a NYADI program.

NORTH CAROLINA

 

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CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Charlotte, NC
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Degree programs offered:
AAS Automotive Systems Technology
AAS Heavy Equipment & Transport Technology [
Associate Degree Program BMW
Associate Degree Program Honda PACT
Associate Degree Program GM ASEP

Certificate programs offered:
Collision Repair & Refinishing Tech Certificate Specialization In Refinishing
Collision Repair & Refinishing Tech Certificate Specialization In Autobody Repair
Collision Repair & Refinishing Tech Certificate Specialization In Autobody Estimating

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $5,584 per year (Tool cost not included)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $17,635 annually (Many financial aid options available)

Central Piedmont Community College provides a number of automotive training programs and that allows students to differentiate their areas of study. These programs are part of the Transport Systems Division, which offers a great deal of convenience to students. CPCC has course offerings at its Mathews and Huntersville locations. Students can choose from the Levine or Merancas campuses and adjust their class schedules according to their personal preferences.

One of the benefits of taking automotive classes at CPCC is that there is an ongoing endeavor to put students in a place to succeed. CPCC now has a partnership with Tesla and that allows students to become familiar with the repair and service of electric cars. Affiliations such as this are limited on a national level and that enables CPCC to stand out among the competition.

Students benefit from attending college in one of the most up and coming cities in the nation. The Charlotte area is home to a budding economy and the local colleges have benefited a great deal from that upsurge in commerce. The is also rich in auto history in North Carolina which makes Charlotte a prime location for auto mechanics to start out their careers.

NORTH DAKOTA

 

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LAKE REGION STATE COLLEGE
Devil’s Lake, ND
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Lake Region State College is a two-year school located in the city of Devil’s Lake and has an enrollment size just under 2,000 students.

Degree programs offered:
AAS – Automotive Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology Certificate
Automotive Technology Diploma

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $8,672 (Maximum amount)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $144.13/per credit

The small faculty to student ratio at Lake Region State College is one of its primary selling points. Students enrolled in any of the Automotive Technology programs have the advantage of small classroom size, which means more individual attention. Students also stand to fare well from a financial standpoint as there are an array of options when it comes to aid. Paying for college is very economical at Lake Region State College.

The Automotive Technology program at Lake Region is able to offer programs with different time lengths for completion. This helps to appease the needs and schedules of students with varying agendas. All the automotive technology training emphasizes eight different areas of concentration that have been established by the ASE.

General education requirements are part of the Automotive Technology Associate Degree program as students are expected to complete core classes that provided a well-rounded education. Students may also elect to live on campus. Lake Region State College provides applications for student housing and that process can be initiated online. Housing options are considered affordable and this is a perk not offered by all two-year colleges.

OHIO

 

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SINCLAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dayton, Ohio
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Sinclair Community College is a two-year school and while it features nine automotive training programs at its Dayton campus, there are five locations that offer more than 220 degree and certificate programs.

Degree programs offered:
AAS – Automotive Technology
AAS – Automotive Technology (GM ASEP)
AAS – Automotive Technology (Honda PACT)
AAS – Automotive Technology (Mopar CAP)

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology
Automotive Technology (Honda PACT)
Automotive High Performance
Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair
Ford Maintenance & Light Repair

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $7,426 (Tools and books not included)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $116.03/per credit

There are extensive offerings for Sinclair students interested in a career in auto repair. There is a host of manufacturer specific training programs available and this is something not available in most schools. It is rare for auto mechanic education programs to feature three different forms of manufacturer specific training. Students at Sinclair can choose to specialize in the service and repair of cars made by General Motors, the Chrysler Corporation, Honda and Ford. These programs also provide specific corporate training to further enhance the educational experience.

Sinclair also offers general automotive repair options as its AAS and Certificate options do not focus on any specific brand of vehicles. All of these options are very affordably priced as Sinclair remains one of the most cost-efficient auto mechanic education options in the state of Ohio. There are also short-term and long-term certificate options available.

Sinclair continues to be well-known throughout the state and it is very popular among residents of Montgomery County. Almost 50 percent of those residents have taken some kind of class at Sinclair, adding to the local prestige of the school as a whole. Because of the low tuition rates, many students parlay this two-year pathway into a Bachelor’s Degree at a four-year college or university.

OKLAHOMA

 

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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY INSTITUE OF TECHNOLOGY
Okmulgee, OK
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OSUIT is a branch of Oklahoma State University and now provides housing options to students who wish to live on campus. The school primarily offers programs that result in the awarding of an associate degree.

Degree programs offered:
AAS – Automotive Service Technology
AAS – Collision Repair
AAS – Automotive Technology (GM ASEP)
AAS – Automotive Technology (Ford Asset)
AAS – Automotive Technology (Mopar CAP)
AAS – Automotive Technology (Toyota T-Ten)

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $9,210 (Tools and books not included)

The School of Automotive Technologies at OSUIT provides a unique learning experience for students. The Oklahoma State brand carries a significant amount of value and allows students to get a two-year education in a university setting. The ability to offer four manufacturer specific Associate Degree programs is also something not many schools can duplicate. These offerings combined with this setting allows students to learn from experienced and qualified instructors.

The cost of this program is very favorable considering students will earn a two-year degree from a university. Auto Mechanics across the country typically earn degrees from two-year institutions and there are only a limited number of individuals in this industry who have acquired an Associate Degree from a university. The Oklahoma State brand can also open an immensity of possibilities as its name is known and respected throughout the Midwest.

One of the benefits of an education at OSUIT is the internship program that has become a mainstay for the past two decades. Students are able to put their training to use in the final part of their education. This enables automotive students the opportunity to work in a real live repair setting before embarking on a professional career of their own.

 

OREGON

 

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MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Gresham, OR
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Mt. Hood Community College is a two-year public school which is situated in the town of Gresham and is attended by over 33,000 students on an annual basis.

Degree programs offered:
AAS – Automotive Technology – Subaru U
AAS – IMPORT Automotive Program
AAS – Ford Asset Program
AAS – Mopar CAP Automotive Program

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology – Maintenance and Light Repair

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $13,154 (Tools included)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $4,807.25 (Tools and books not included)

The Mt. Hood Community College Automotive Technology Program is unique in design as it features only one general automotive repair program which awards a certificate upon the completion of 41 credits. The other programs offered are two-year degree programs and all have manufacturer specializations. However, the general auto repair is taught in these programs.

Students can choose to specialize in repairing vehicles made by Ford, General Motors and there is also an IMPORT program. IMPORT is an acronym that stands for Individualized Mechanical Program Of Repair Technicians. Students are able to learn repair and service on specific brands of imports and Subaru has also developed an= recent affiliation with the Mt. Hood automotive technology program.

The automotive technology programs at Mt. Hood are designed to prepare students for the role of auto mechanic, auto service manager, repair shop foreman, and parts and service director. There are a set number of students admitted to each program on an annual basis. This allows the teacher to student ratio to remain low while maintaining a high level of individual classroom attention.

Financial aid options are available for those interested in entering an automotive technology program at Mt. Hood. The school works with students to find a variety of ways in which tuition costs can be lowered.

PENNSYLVANIA

 

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY
Oakdale, PA
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The Community College of Allegheny County is a two-year post-secondary school that features four automotive technology degree programs and one certificate program.

Degree programs offered:
AAS – Automotive Technology
AAS – Automotive Service (GM ASEP)
AAS – Automotive Service (Ford Asset)
AAS – Automotive Technology (Mopar CAP)

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $6,600 (Tools and books not included)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $1,650 flat fee per semester for full-time students

The state of Pennsylvania has a large population of auto mechanics and that has resulted in a large number of auto mechanic training programs. The Community College of Allegheny College has stepped to the forefront of those schools, as it offers a comprehensive list of automotive training programs. Students can select a from an Automotive Technology Degree or Certificate option, or they could go with one of CCAC’s manufacturer specific training programs. This broadens the possibilities for students as there is no need to limit choices. Manufacturer specific programs also involve on the job training at local dealerships.

Tuition costs remain very low for Allegheny County residents. Tuition is also affordable for Pennsylvania residents living beyond the county limits. Program length is designed to fast track students into the workforce. The Degree options at CCAC can be completed in less than two years while its in-depth certificate program typically lasts 18 months.

CCAC also features cutting-edge courses that focus on hybrid technology. As part of the green movement, vehicles are being fitted with more eco-friendly functionality. There are five alternative fuel cars for students to work on at CCAC as part of its live work bay environment. This is part of an ongoing initiative to provide students with educational opportunities that are not available in every auto mechanic education program.

RHODE ISLAND

 

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NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Warwick, RI
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The New England Institute of Technology offers two and four-year degree options and is located in the city of Warwick. It is a private college and has received a high ranking by a number of outlets.

Degree programs offered:
BS – Automotive Service Management
AAS – Automotive Technology
AAS – Automotive Collision Repair Technology
AAS – Automotive Technology with High Performance

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $57,480 (Tools and books not included)

The New England Institute of Technology is perceived as a high academic institution and has developed an excellent reputation. The cost of an education is significantly higher than many state-funded community colleges, but there is a prestige that comes with a private school education. Students who graduate from NEIT typically find themselves boosted up the ranks when it comes to the competition for employment.

The higher cost of tuition is offset by a number of financial aid and scholarship options available to prospective students. There are a number of financial packages that can make this education and affordable option. There is also a tuition guarantee that locks in the cost of education for the duration of a student’s academic career at NEIT.

Degree programs at NEIT have an accelerated option, which can expedite the entire educational process for students. This applies to Associate and Bachelor Automotive Degrees offered at NEIT as students can cut back on costs and speed up the time it takes to obtain a full-time position. There is also Ford maintenance repair options available to automotive students at NEIT. Learning those intricacies adds to the overall quality of education offered at NEIT. The option to continue into a bachelor’s program is also available to students enrolled in an associate’s program.

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

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CENTRAL CAROLINA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Sumter, SC
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Central Carolina Tech is a public institution providing Associate Degree and Certificate programs in more than 50 areas of study.

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology Certificate
Automotive Technology Diagnostic Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for Certificate Programs: $4,360 (Tools and books not included)

There are a pair of Automotive Technology certificate options offered at Central Carolina Tech. These programs require the completion of 37 and 39 credit hours respectively. Many students use two semesters to complete the bulk of the courses and then finish up with one or two classes during a summer session. The Central Carolina Tech course offerings extend to campuses in four different counties. There is also a plethora of online courses which combine with are combined with classroom courses as part of each program.

Central Carolina Tech has extended financial aid options to students in the Automotive Technology certificate programs. There is a detailed process to follow and step-by-step guidelines are available online. This winds up allowing students to complete their automotive training at Central Carolina Tech for a very affordable price.

It should also be noted that there are developmental courses that need to be completed before beginning one of Central Carolina Tech’s automotive certificate programs. Students have the option of testing out of these courses with satisfactory test scores that indicate preliminary courses of this nature are not required.

SOUTH DAKOTA

 

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SOUTHEAST TECH
Sioux Falls, SD
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The city of Sioux Falls is home to Southeast Tech, which is a two-year school that offers a variety of automotive technology degrees and diplomas. There are many on-campus resources that are part of this public institution.

Degree programs offered:
AAS – Automotive Technology
AAS – Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology
AAS – Diesel Technology
AAS – Automotive Technology (Mopar CAP)

Diploma programs offered:
Automotive Technology
Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology
Diesel Technology

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $16,215 (Tools and books not included)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $14,570 (Tools and books not included)

The diploma and associate degree programs offered at Southeast Tech are similar in that they require almost the same amount of time for completion. The Associate Degree options require seven more credit hours than a Diploma option. Each program is designed on a two-year basis as students can meet the educational guidelines in four semesters.

One of the most notable component of Southeast Tech is that its facilities are state of the art. Automotive technology students use the spacious Powertrains Lab which features a number of car lifts. There is also an automotive technology Diagnostics Lab in addition to classroom learning environments.

The Southeast Tech staff includes master certified technicians who lead classes with a relatively small faculty to student ratio. The programs are referred to as BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) which facilitates program objectives.

When it comes to financial aid, Southeast Tech is open to all forms of assistants. Financial aid awards and annual grants are distributed to students. The school is also military friendly, with a number of financial options for those who have served.

TENNESSEE

 

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TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY
Knoxville, TN
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The Tennessee College of Applied Technology has locations throughout the state. Its main campus is located in Knoxville, although it is a two-year school with automotive technician programs available in a variety of cities.

Certificate programs offered:
Light Maintenance Repair Technician
Automotive Technician Assistant
Automotive Technician Apprentice
MoPar Technician Program

Diploma Programs Offered:
Master Automotive Technician

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for Diploma/Certificate programs: $6,825 (Tools and books not included)

There are a different amount of hours required for each Automotive Technician program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology. The fewer number of hours are featured in the Light Maintenance program as well as the Mopar program. However, the Mopar program is manufacturer specific training program that teaches the essentials of repair and service on vehicles made by the Chrysler corporation.

The certificate distinction in these programs should not misinterpret the depth of instruction. The training in some of these certificate programs is comparable to what some schools offer in their associate degree programs. For example, the Automotive Technician Apprentice Certificate Program prepares students to start as full-time auto mechanics in a fast-paced work environment.

Some TCAT branches have different offerings in their automotive programs, which award certificates for technician assistant and other distinctions. The technical college landscape in Tennessee is stocked with several TCAT campuses. With locations in places like Livingston, Nashville, Dickson, Memphis, Jackson and other areas, TCAT is truly the name to know for auto mechanic education in Tennessee.

When looking into a future in auto repair in the state of Tennessee, it is integral to look into all TCAT has to offer and chances are there is a campus location nearby.

TEXAS

 

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EASTFIELD COLLEGE
Dallas, TX
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Eastfield College is a two-year college in Dallas with an abundance of programs to offer its large student body, which is comprised of more than 14,000 students.

Degree programs offered:
AAS – Automotive Service Technician
AAS – Toyota Technician-Training and Education Network (T-TEN)
AAS – Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT)

Certificate programs offered:
Chassis Service Technician Certificate
Electronics and Climate Controls Technician Certificate
Engine Repair and Performance Technician Certificate
Transmission Service Technician
High Performance Modification Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $3,540 (Tools and books not included)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $1,170 (Tools and books not included)

There are a lot of auto mechanic education programs offered at Eastfield College and all those options remain an extremely affordable option. In-county students are required to pay some of the lowest tuition costs in the state. That provides tremendous value considering that Eastfield is a NATEF-accredited program. Students graduate with no or minimal debt, which is a tremendous advantage when starting out a professional career.

Most of the certificate programs at Eastfield College can be completed in two semesters. Block scheduling is also available for students at Eastfield. High school seniors can apply to the rising stars program which provides financial assistance up to $4,000.

Each Automotive Program at Eastfield is designed to include 34% lecture time while 66% of course time is spent in a lab setting. This allows an extensive amount of time for hands-on learning. Eastfield College is part of the Dallas Community College District, which has developed an esteemed reputation within the state.

The availability of Manufacturer Specific Training allows students to take advantage of the Toyota and Honda Associate Degree options. These programs specialize in the repair of vehicles produced by each of those manufacturers and are a valuable asset to auto mechanics.

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SALT LAKE COMMUNTIY COLLEGE
Salt Lake City, UT
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Salt Lake Community College is the largest two-year college within the state of Utah and features five different campus locations.

Degree programs offered:
AAS – Automotive Technician
AAS – Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing
AAS – Diesel Systems Technology

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate
Automotive Collision Repair Certificate
Automotive Refinishing Certificate
Diesel Systems Technology Certificate
Motorcycle and Outdoor Power Equipment Technology

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $6,936 (Tools and books not included)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $3,468 (Tools and books not included)

The Salt Lake Community College population is made up of more than 61,000 students, although that does not affect class size. The average class size is 16 and most of the automotive programs have an even smaller teacher to student ratio. Salt Lake Community College is also home to the most diversified student body in the state of Utah.

Salt Lake Community College is a stepping stone for many students as 73% go on to transfer to four-year institutions. Graduates of the Salt Lake Automotive Technician Associate Degree Program have the option of transferring to Utah Valley University’s Technology Management Bachelor Degree Program.

The estimated cost of books for the Associate Degree program is $850 while certificate programs are typically half that price. Affordability is one of the top selling points of Salt Lake Community College as it is one of the most inexpensive post-secondary educational options in the state of Utah. Its tuition costs are also comparably lower than other many other two-year schools in the neighboring states.

Internships are part of the Associate Degree program as students must complete 180 hours in a real automotive repair setting. Certificate programs are not as detailed with their work requirements because they are shorter in duration.

VERMONT

 

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VERMONT TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Randolph Center, VT
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Vermont Technical College is a two-year post-secondary school with two campuses which are located in the cities of Randolph Center and Williston.

Degree programs offered:
AAS – Automotive Technician
AAS – Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing
AAS – Diesel Systems Technology

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $6,936 (Tools and books not included)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $3,468 (Tools and books not included)

Vermont Technical College only features Associate Degree programs related to automotive technology. Each of these programs features a summer program in which students engage in a 10-week cooperative. This allows students to be introduced to their future careers while also building real-world relationships in the industry.

Vermont Technical College has received individual accolades and was voted the No.19 regional college by US News and World Report. Many of its programs have professional affiliations and that is also true for the Automotive Technology Associate Degree Program. The Vermont Automobile Dealer’s Association has been a longtime advocate and supporter of the program. These programs are offered at the Randolph Center campus and require the completion of 65 credits.

Vermont Technical College keeps class sizes small in order to provide individualized attention to each student. The facilities are constantly being updated, making this school a favorite of Vermont residents. There is not a long list of automotive post-secondary schools in Vermont, although Vermont Technical College has not sacrificed any quality in its design, instruction and standards.

There are also lots of financial aid options for students looking to enter a program at Vermont Technical College, which includes annual awards, grants, work-study options and various types of loans.

VIRGINIA

 

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J SARGEANT REYNOLDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Richmond, VA
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J Sergeant Reynolds Community College is a two-year institution, featuring three campuses with the main one located in downtown Richmond.

Degree programs offered:
AAS – Automotive Technology
AAS – General Motors Automotive Services

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology Certificate
Diesel Mechanics Certificate
Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate
Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technology Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $10,495 (Tools and books not included)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $4,998 (Tools and books not included)

There is an array of educational choices when it comes to automotive technology at J Reynolds Community College. The two-year pathway options lead to the awarding of an Associate Degree as students go through comprehensive training. The GM ASEP program is another two-year program that allows students to acquire a manufacturer specialization. Students are able to learn all about repair and service on vehicles manufactured by General Motors.

There has even been a movement to add cutting edge technology courses in the Automotive Program at Reynolds. The Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technology Certificate Program elevates students’ knowledge and skill level when it comes to the newest electronic and safety components. This program also explores fuel efficient engines and power management systems in depth. Students gain a detailed understanding of how to repair and service vehicles powered by alternative fuels.

Reynolds continues to pride itself on being a progressive institution which regularly introduces new concepts, technologies and innovations to its curriculum. This especially holds true in the realm of automotive technology. Reynolds was also heralded by the NATEF when it received its accreditation as its acceptance letter lauded the program instructors for going “above and beyond to develop and improve the curriculum.” The organization of the program at Reynolds and the staff credentials are also both highly regarded.

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SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Shoreline, WA
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Shoreline is a two-year community college located in Seattle, which offers a total of nine automotive training programs.

Degree programs offered:
AAS – Automotive General Service Technician
AAS – Automotive Service (GM ASEP)
AAS – Automotive Service (Toyota T-Ten)
AAS – Automotive Service (Honda PACT)
AAS – Automotive Technology (Mopar CAP)

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive General Service
Automotive Engine Specialist
Automotive Drive Train Specialist
Automotive Electrical Specialist

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $7,926 (Tools and books not included)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $3,963 or $146/credit

Shoreline Community College offers short-term certificate options, in addition to two-year degrees that feature manufacturer specializations. The work area for automotive students at Shoreline is one of its top features, as there is an extensive work bay that includes a host of car hoists. This setting provides an excellent learning environment for automotive students. The expansion of workspace has been just one of the many initiatives taken on by the Shoreline Automotive Department.

The General Service Technician program has teamed up with Subaru to enhance the overall educational experience. This also enhances the credentials of the instructors at Shoreline. Each of Shoreline’s manufacturer specific training programs are also staffed with instructors who have years of experience and insight as master technicians.

Another major benefit for Shoreline’s automotive students is the paid internships that are offered regularly at local dealerships. The manufacturer specific training programs alternate between classroom settings and time in an actual dealership. The combination equips students with a variety of skills while also getting them acquainted with local professionals in the automotive industry. This also helps job placement rates for graduating students as Shoreline continues to immerse new auto mechanics in the Seattle auto repair industry.

WEST VIRGINIA

 

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JAMES RUMSEY TECHNICAL INSTITUE
Martinsburg, WV
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The James Ramsey Institute is an adult learning center located in the city of Martinsburg.

Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $7,240 (Cost includes price of tools)

There is not a wealth of NATEF-accredited schools for adults in the state of West Virginia. The adult program at James Rumsey Institute remains one of the select few in the state. There is also high school training offered as JRIT is home to the AYES program for youths interested in a career in automotive repair.

The adult automotive technology program is structured over an 11-month period. Students are expected to devote 30 hours per week to the coursework. That provides a comprehensive body of training at an affordable price for in-state residents. The program is designed to have students spend half their instructional time in a classroom setting while the other half takes place in an auto repair setting.

The curriculum is very detailed as students are provided in-depth instruction on automotive fundamentals, brakes, steering and suspension, engine blocks, electrical systems, engine performance and more.

There are various forms of financial aid available to students as Pell grants and other awards are distributed each year. Class size remains limited to 20 students, which allows instructors to offer plenty of individual attention.

This Certificate Program is offered over two semesters and students are expected to pay their tuition on a per semester basis. Students are also billed for the cost of ASE tests, which are to be taken in the latter part of the course.

WISCONSIN

 

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MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Madison, WI
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Madison Area Technical College is a two-year institution in the city of Madison, although it provides educational services for parts of 12 different counties.

Degree programs offered:
AAS – Automotive Technology-Comprehensive
AAS – Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology

Certificate and Diploma programs offered:
Automotive Technician (Two-year Diploma)
Automotive Collison (One-year Diploma)
Automotive Collision (Two-year Diploma)

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $9,735 (Tools and supplies included)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $8,067 (Tools and supplies included)

The Automotive programs offered at Madison Area Tech are part of its School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology. Students can choose from a variety of automotive educational options. The two-year Diploma options are very similar to the Associate Degree pathway as there are just a few minor differences. Students receive a very detailed body of instruction and that typically results in immediate job placement. Employment rates among recent Automotive Technology-Comprehensive graduates stand at 100%.

The financial aid office at MATC continually works with students in a variety of ways to help cut costs. Automotive students can apply for several financial aid options and grants over the course of their academic careers at MATC.

The school is widespread as there are nine different MATC campus locations. The automotive program is housed on the Truax Campus, which is located in the city of Madison. Residency applies to those who live in the state of Wisconsin, as MATC provides service to students in many different counties.

Students are exposed to a number of resources while enrolled at MATC, which include individual degree progress reports, transfer opportunities and much more.

WYOMING

 

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LARAMIE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Cheyenne, WY
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Laramie County Community College is located in the city of Cheyenne and is a two-year public college that does offer on-campus housing for students.

Degree programs offered:
AAS – Automotive Technology
AAS – Automotive Body Repair

Diploma and Certificate programs offered:
Automotive Technology – Engine Management/Drivability Credit Diploma
Automotive Technology – Under Car/HVAC Credit Diploma
Automotive Body Repair Certificate

  • Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Tuition/fees for AAS degree: $6,852 (Tools and supplies not included)
  • Tuition/fees for certificate programs: $1,713 (Tools and supplies not included)

Laramie County Community College has developed a reputation for being an elite Automotive training program in the state. Students can choose from an Associate Degree program or select two diploma programs that are meant to be taken in succession. The first of those diploma programs focuses on engine management while the second concentrates on repair and service under the car.

LCCC has held a NATEF accreditation for close to two full decades and continues to maintain high standards. Class size is smaller in number and sustaining those ratios is an ongoing priority of the administration at LCCC.

There is a host of transfer agreements set up with four-year institutions for students wishing to pursue their academic careers once they have graduated from LCCC. Students have also provided very good online reviews of their experiences at LCCC as it provides a unique experience that is not offered by most two-year institutions.

Students have the option of living on campus as LCCC provides the complete college experience. Dorm rooms and meal plans are available for students who choose that option.  Security is on duty 24 hours a day and the entire setup allows students to become fully immersed into the college life. Education combined with the full college experience is a major selling point for LCCC.