Automotive Technology @NCC

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Your friends and family know the best place to find you - under the hood of a vehicle. But your love for cars doesn't have to be only a hobby, it can be a career.

If you enjoy fixing things and know how to problem-solve by understanding how things work, you have what it takes to study mechanics at NCC. The automotive industry is one of Pennsylvania's largest - from manufacturers and suppliers to dealers and repair shops, skilled workers with a passion for cars are in demand.

Could that be you?

What better place to start your career in automotive technology than Northampton Community College - one of PA's most affordable and best-recognized community school? We offer low tuition fees and a low student-faculty ratio to ensure all students enjoy opportunities to learn directly from our instructors.

Automotive technology is one of NCC's most popular career training programs. We've partnered with several manufacturers to offer courses based on best practices for repair and maintenance, with a focus on advanced technology. In as little as one year, you can graduate with a specialized diploma or associate degree in applied science that will position you for success in a variety of roles.

NCC has a longstanding reputation for student satisfaction and success. About 88% of graduates find jobs in their field within a year and 99% of alumni recommend our programming to others.

Keep reading to discover for yourself why we're one of the top auto-technology schools in PA.

Our Automotive Technology Program

The Automotive Technology program teaches a high level of technical understanding of the current developments in the automotive service field.  All ASE certified automotive service areas are covered in the program, including electronics, drivetrains and engine management systems. In addition, the Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP) in partnership with General Motors, the MoparCap (MCAP) program in partnership with Fiat/Chrysler Automobiles and Subaru University (SU) in partnership with Subaru of America are highlighted as manufacturer partners. In cooperation with their related repair facilities, the programs at NCC focus on classroom and laboratory work at the College as well as supervised work experience at sponsoring associated dealerships leading to an AAS degree. Likewise, the global program culminating in an AAS degree, is available to students who wish to be employed in other professional automotive repair facilities.

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Careers in Automotive Technology

Automotive technology encompasses careers in the technical diagnosis, repair and maintenance of a vehicle's mechanical and electronic systems. Common job titles include automobile service technician, shop foreman, team leaders or service managers. Workers in this field may also choose to specialize in specific automotive areas such as drivetrains, fuel injection/engine management, electronics or hybrid vehicles. Most automotive service technicians work in highly professional atmospheres with additional technical training provided by employers throughout a technician's career.

Automotive Technology Career Paths

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Auto Electronics Specialist
  • Transmission and Drive Train Specialist
  • Engine Performance Specialist
  • Service Writer
  • Service Manager
  • Shop Foreman
  • Specialty Technician
  • Specialty Repair Shop Owner

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"NCC is the most affordable place you can get an associate degree in applied science. Most other auto tech schools only give you a certificate."

-Brian Livezey ’16, NCC Automotive grad


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