Today's automotive technicians need a high level of skill 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 is a state-of-the-art, two-year program combining classroom and practical training with paid, on-the-job co-op experience leading to an Associate Degree. Curriculums designed to meet an individual student's area of interest include a comprehensive path covering Asian, European, and domestic makes. Additionally, Chrysler MCAP (Mopar Career Automotive Program) specialized curriculum focuses on manufacturer-specific products and provides manufacturer technician training certification.
The Ford MLR (Maintenance and Light Repair) program is an alliance between MCC and Ford Motor Company. The MLR curriculum includes training and factory certification in Electrical Systems and Power Accessories, Heating and Air Conditioning, Alignment, Suspension and Steering, and Automotive Brakes. Students will be required to pay an additional $150 fee to use the MLR program resources and training.
Students are required to complete approximately twenty-two weeks of work experience at an approved co-op site. Part of the program is spent in the classroom and labs at the college, and part is spent working full time at the co-op site. Students become familiar with the latest technology while working as a paid technician trainee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Automotive Technology Program provides a strong foundation for a successful and financially rewarding career in a very complex field.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|FYE100M||First Year Cornerstone||1||0||1|
|Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective||3||0||3|
|First Year||Spring Semester||TH||LAB||CR|
|AUTO122M||Engine Theory, Diagnosis & Repair||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|
|First Year||Summer Session||TH||LAB||CR|
|AUTO131M||Climate Control Systems||2||3||3|
|AUTO134M||Automotive Co-op II||0||15||1|
|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|
|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|
|Social Science Elective||3||0||3|
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|
|AUTO107M||Automotive Climate Control||2||3||3|
Total Credits - 23