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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. 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, and Fiat group dealers. Students attend specialized curriculum and training that focuses on manufacturer-specific vehicles and systems.
  • 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 A.A.S. 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 with courses on Asian, European and domestic models including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Nissan, Hyundai and more!

In all automotive pathways, students spend time in the classroom and labs on MCC campus, as well as work 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 paid technician trainees.

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, other local dealerships and independent businesses provide exceptional training which leads to an Associate degree and an invaluable opportunity for full-time employment.

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.

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 Level Mid-Range Experienced
$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).
  • Attend an Automotive Program Information Session.

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
AUTO1021M Steering and Suspension Systems 3 6 5
AUTO1022M Electronic Controls 3 6 5
AUTO1023M Automotive Co-op Work Experience I 0 15 2
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
  Total 9 27 15
First Year Summer Session TH LAB CR
AUTO1031M IC Engine and Systems 2 6 4
AUTO1032M Brake Systems 2 6 4
AUTO1033M Automotive Co-op Work Experience II 0 15 2
  Open Elective 3 0 3
  Total 7 27 13

Degree Program - Second Year

Second Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
AUTO2011M Manual Transmissions and Drivetrains 2 6 4
AUTO2012M Powertrain Management Systems 2 6 4
AUTO2013M Climate Control Systems 2 6 4
ENGL110M College Composition I 4 0 4
  Total 10 18 16
Second Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
AUTO2021M Automotive Co-op Work Experience III 0 15 2
AUTO2022M Automatic Transmission and Transaxles 2 8 4
AUTO2023M Vehicle Performance Diagnosis 2 6 4
  Science Elective 3 0 3
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  Total 10 29 16
Total Credits - 74

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 onthe-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 toward full-time employment. All certificate students must complete an internship course with a minimum of 244 hours of work experience at an approved site.

AUTO101M Introduction to Service and Maintenance 1 6 3
AUTO102M Suspension and 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

Upcoming Info Sessions

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  • 7/18 at 6pm


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