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Turn your passion for tinkering under the hood of a vehicle into a full-blown career path in Northampton Community College’s automotive technician training programs. You’ll gain extensive knowledge of automotive repair, maintenance, drivetrains, engine management systems, and the rapidly-evolving electrical systems that support modern vehicles. 

Studying full- or part-time at NCC, you can earn an Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) in Automotive Technology degree, an Automotive Service Consultant Certificate, or a Specialized Diploma in Automotive Technology. You can also enroll in non-credit career training courses. You’ll prepare for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams as well as licensures including PA State Inspection, PA State Emission, and EPA ACT 609 A/C.

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Degree Programs

Semesters: 5
Credits: 72
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Associate in Applied Science

Establish a high-level technical understanding of automotive technology and how automotive service develops in this two-year automotive associate degree approved by GM, Chrysler, and Subaru. In addition to classroom learning, you’ll gain hands-on, supervised experience at a sponsoring dealership or automotive service facility. You’ll graduate with a deep knowledge of vehicle service, fuel and emission systems, environmental sustainability within the auto industry, and many more skills essential to excel in an automotive technician career.

Semesters: 2
Credits: 24
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Campus: Bethlehem|FullyOnline
Program Type: Associate in Applied Science

If you are ASE Certified (A1–A8 + L1), you can fast-track your automotive associate degree at NCC. You’ll build on your practical knowledge and experience with critical understandings of communication, math, and science that will allow you to advance your career. Your ASE certifications can count towards 44 A.A.S. credits, and you can complete the remaining 24 credits on our Bethlehem, PA campus or fully online. The online program and evening course options give you the flexibility to study while maintaining your schedule and commitments outside of school.

Semesters: 2
Credits: 30
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Specialized Diploma

Master fundamentals like brakes, suspension and alignment, electrical systems, and safety inspections in NCC’s Specialized Diploma in Automotive Technology. You’ll prepare for entry-level automotive technician positions through experiential learning, including a practicum placement of more than 200 contact hours, and you can choose electives that match your areas of interest. Your credits from the specialized diploma can be applied to the Automotive Service Consultant Certificate or A.A.S. degree if you continue your studies at NCC.

Semesters: 2
Credits: 33
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Certificate

Develop your skills in the interactive, person-focused responsibilities of automotive service. The consultant certificate equips you with basic knowledge of automotive systems alongside comprehensive customer service and consultant skills. This program prepares you to work in automotive dealerships as well as aftermarket repair shops with experience like a hands-on practicum placement. Credits from the certificate can also be applied toward NCC’s A.A.S. in automotive technology.

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Credits: Not Applicable
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Career Training

Build on your existing skillset or explore a potential new career through NCC’s non-credit career training courses, including AUTNC100 “Enhanced Emission Inspection (EEIC)” and AUTNC200 “Inspection Mechanic Training.” Earn your PA license for Emission or Safety Inspection, re-certify through our refresher course, or take a twelve-hour PA Bureau of Motor Vehicles Inspection Mechanic class that can lead to certification in the three main vehicle categories.

 

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In NCC’s Automotive Technology training program, you’ll establish a high-level technical understanding of the current developments in the automotive service field, including all ASE-certified automotive service areas. NCC stands out among automotive technician schools for our manufacturer partnerships:

 The ASEP and MCAP programs are certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation. These partnerships enhance your classroom, laboratory, and practicum work experience for your automotive associate degree or other automotive technology credentials.

Completing an associate’s degree, certificate or specialized diploma in Automotive Technology at Northampton Community College can drastically reduce the overall cost of your automotive technology education. Our tuition and fees are some of the most affordable in the region. On top of the low upfront costs, you can also take advantage of NCC’s substantial financial aid and scholarship opportunities—we have one of the largest community college scholarship programs in Pennsylvania!

 

Automotive Technology Career Opportunities

Demand for automotive technology professionals is consistent, and here in the heart of Pennsylvania’s automotive industry, 95% of NCC graduates are employed soon after completing their studies. You can also increase your entry-level salary by stacking your credentials.

With automotive technician training, you’ll be equipped for careers in the technical diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of mechanical and electronic automotive systems, and you can specialize your studies to become an expert in drivetrains, fuel injection/engine management, and electronics or hybrid vehicles. You’ll likely gain additional technical training from your employer throughout your career in roles like:

Future Career Paths

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

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