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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. Manchester Community College is constantly striving to update and upgrade our program to meet technical, manufacturer, and dealer needs.

MCC automotive curriculum is designed to meet the individual student’s area of interest by offering four nationally recognized manufacturer pathways, including:

  • Chrysler MCAP (Mopar Career Automotive Program) is in alliance with Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, Fiat and Chrysler group dealers. Students attend specialized curriculum and training that focuses on manufacturer specific vehicles and systems. The Chrysler MCAP program is NATEF Certified
  • Ford MLR (Maintenance and Light Repair) in partnership with Ford Motor Company and Ford and Lincoln Dealers. Students earn 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
  • Audi Education Partnership works with Audi of America and Audi dealers. Students 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
  • Subaru University students gain valuable knowledge of Subaru vehicle systems that can better prepare them for employment at a Subaru dealer

Additionally, MCC offers a Global Pathway takes a “global” approach to automotive education, with courses on Asian, European and domestic models including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Nissan, Hyundai, and more!

In all auotmotive pathways, 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.

Potential Jobs

  • Certified Technician
  • Line Technician
  • Performance Tuner
  • Import Technician
  • Parts Manager
  • Service Manager

Potential Salary*

There is a wide range of jobs in the automotive industry. See below for the average annual salary range in NH for an Auto Mechanic.

Entry LevelMid-RangeExperienced
$30,118 $43,326 $53,185

* New Hampshire Occupational Employment & Wages 2016, published by the NH Economic + Labor Market Information Bureau - Salaries are based on 40 hours of work, not including overtime.

Transfer Opportunities

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

Students enrolled in this program can transfer to...

  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
  • Keene State College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • University of New Hampshire

...and many more!

Co-Op Opportunities

  • AutoFair
  • Bonneville & Son
  • Grappone Auto Group
  • Ira Toyota

...and many more!

Admissions Requirements

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

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

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 ability to lift automotive parts, use equipment, and perform manual tasks.

Automotive Technology Degree

Degree Program - First Year

First Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
AUTO1011M Maintenance and Light Repair 2 8 4
AUTO1012M Electrical Systems 3 9 6
FYE100M First Year Cornerstone 1 0 1
  Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Total 9 17 14
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 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 - 71

Automotive Technology Certificate

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 3 3
AUTO106M Electronic Systems 2 3 3
AUTO107M Automotive Climate Control 2 3 3
AUTO108M Automotive Co-op 0 15 1
Total Credits - 23