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Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Today’s automotive technicians need high-level skills and knowledge to diagnose and service increasingly complex systems. The evolution from yesterday’s mechanic to a skilled technician requires that today’s technicians are competent with highly sophisticated systems, as well as with the traditional mechanical areas.

Automotive Technology at MCC is a state-of-the-art, two-year program that combines classroom and practical training with paid, on-the-job co-op experience leading to an Associate Degree. MCC automotive curriculum is designed to meet the individual student’s area of interest by offering four comprehensive pathways, including:

  • Chrysler MCAP (Mopar Career Automotive Program) is an alliance with Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chrysler and Fiat dealers
  • Ford MLR (Maintenance and Light Repair) is an alliance with Ford Motor Company and Ford and Lincoln dealers
  • Audi Education Partnership
  • The Global Pathway takes a “global” approach to automotive education, with courses on Asian, European and domestic models (including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Nissan, Hyundai, Subaru and more!)

Students spend time in the classroom and labs on MCC campus, as well as working full-time at their co-op sites. Students are required to complete 22 weeks of work experience at an approved co-op site where they will become familiar with the latest technology while working as a paid technician trainee.

Program Pathways

Audi Education Partnership

The Audi Education Partnership pathway is nationally recognized by the manufacturer and dealers and is in alliance with Audi of America and Audi dealers.

Students in the Audi Education Partnership pathway participate in courses that focus on Audi-specific systems, products and training, as well as Audi technician certification. Start by completing your MCC AAS degree and Audi online training, earn status as a maintenance and light repair technician, and become eligible for the Audi Academy Fast Track program. Build the foundation to become a Master Guild Audi Technician.

Chrysler MCAP

The Chrysler Mopar Career Automotive Program pathway is nationally recognized by the manufacturer and dealers and is in alliance with Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, Fiat and Chrysler group dealers.

In the Chrysler MCAP pathway, students attend specialized curriculum and training that focuses on manufacturer-specific vehicles and systems. Earn your way to a Level II certified technician by completing an MCC AAS degree, and online specialized training requirements. Become a certified technician in engine repair and performance, automatic transmission, driveline, chassis systems, electrical and body systems, A/C, and heating systems — all while completing coursework at MCC. Provides manufacturer technician training certification.

Ford MLR

The Ford Maintenance and Light Repair pathway is nationally recognized by the manufacturer and dealers and is in alliance with Ford Motor Company and Ford and Lincoln Dealers.

Students in the Ford MLR pathway earn training and factory certification in electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, suspension and steering, and brakes after completing MCC course requirements and the required Ford technician online training.

Provides manufacturer technician training certification. There is a royalty fee to use the MLR program resources and training.

Global Pathway

The MCC Automotive Technology Global pathway is in alliance with dealers and independent shops of all brands and manufacturers throughout New England including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Nissan, Hyundai, Subaru and more!

The Global pathway takes a “global” approach to automotive education. Students take courses that include systems for Asian, European and domestic makes. The pathway provides opportunities for careers that fit your personal interests — whether in a family-owned business, foreign new car dealer or a specialty shop. Completing the Global pathway at MCC builds the foundation for success.

Program Goal

The Automotive Technology Program provides a strong foundation for a successful and financially rewarding career in a very complex field.

Program Outcomes

MCC's partnerships with Chrysler, local dealerships, and independent businesses provide exceptional training which leads to an Associate Degree and an invaluable opportunity for full-time employment.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the college-wide admissions requirements, the following requirements apply to both the degree and the certificate programs:

  • Must possess a valid driver's license and have a driving record that meets industry insurability standards.
  • Must have college assessment results that indicate that placement into College Composition (ENGL110M) and college math (100 level or higher).
  • Must have a personal interview with one of the automotive department advisors.

Transfer Credit Policy

Automotive coursework proposed for transfer must be completed no more than 10 years prior to acceptance into the program.


The Chrysler MCAP program is NATEF Certified.

Employment Opportunities

Job placement for successful graduates begins with the co-op part of our program. Students often find full-time employment with their co-op sponsors. All students have the personnel skills and experience to find successful employment in a new situation.

Technical Standards

Students should also be aware of the following technical standards when applying to the degree or certificate programs:

  • It is strongly recommended that students have driving experience with a manual transmission.
  • Students should have strength to lift automotive parts, equipment, and perform manual tasks.

Automotive Technology Degree Program

Degree Program - First Year

First Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
AUTO111M Introduction to Automotive Service 1 6 3
AUTO112M Steering, Suspension & Alignment 2 4 4
AUTO113M Electrical Systems 3 3 4
FYE100M First Year Cornerstone 1 0 1
  Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Total 10 13 15
First Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
AUTO121M Brake Systems 2 3 3
AUTO122M Engine Theory, Diagnosis & Repair 2 3 3
AUTO123M Electronics I 2 3 3
AUTO124M Automotive Co-op I 0 15 1
CIS110M Microsoft® Computer Applications I 2 2 3
  Mathematics Elective (100 level or higher) 3 0 3
  Total 11 26 16
First Year Summer Session TH LAB CR
AUTO131M Climate Control Systems 2 3 3
AUTO132M Electronics II 2 3 3
AUTO133M Customer Service 1 0 1
AUTO134M Automotive Co-op II 0 15 1
  Science Elective 3 0 3
  Total 8 21 11

Degree Program - Second Year

Second Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
AUTO211M Manual Transmissions & Transaxles 2 4 4
AUTO214M Powertrain & Emission Controls 2 3 3
AUTO215M Advanced Vehicle Systems 3 0 3
ENGL110M College Composition I 4 0 4
  Total 11 7 14
Second Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
AUTO220M Automotive Co-op III 0 15 1
AUTO221M Automatic Transmission Hydraulic & Mechanical Systems 2 3 3
AUTO223M Drivability & Performance 2 3 3
AUTO224M Automatic Transmission Electronics 2 3 3
  English Elective 3 0 3
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  Total 12 24 16
Total Credits - 72


Automotive Technology Certificate

In the Certificate program, students learn the skills necessary for an entry-level technician’s position. The program combines classroom and practical training with on-the-job work experience. Students become familiar with the latest technology, earn a certificate, and work as an apprentice technician. Students gain skills that directly apply to the field of study, prepare for ASE exams, and work towards full-time employment. All certificate students must complete an internship course with a minimum of 244 hours of work experience at an approved site.

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AUTO101M Introduction to Service & Maintenance 1 6 3
AUTO102M Suspension & Steering Systems 2 3 3
AUTO103M Basic Electrical 3 3 4
AUTO104M Automotive Brakes 2 3 3
AUTO105M Automotive Engines 2 2 3
AUTO106M Electronic Systems 2 3 3
AUTO107M Automotive Climate Control 2 3 3
AUTO108M Automotive Co-op 0 15 1
Total Credits - 23