Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Four Semesters & Two Summer Terms
Fall semester entry for full-time students
If you want to use your problem-solving and technical skills in the automotive industry, Automotive Service Technology is the program to consider. This program has been selected 14 times as the “Best Automotive Service Program in Iowa” and in 2013 was awarded 4th in the nation. In 2010 the program was awarded 1st place in Iowa Ford AAA Contest. The program is certified by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation). All our instructors are ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified.
As an Automotive Service Technology student, you will study the vehicle from bumper to bumper, roof to road. This includes internal combustion engine service, hydraulic brake systems, chassis/ suspension service, drive trains, fuel system designs, ignition systems, electrical systems, and passenger comfort systems. This program emphasizes engine performance and electronic theory and diagnosis necessary to service and repair today’s computerized vehicle system. Emphasis is placed on the use of current industry trends—including the use of laptop computers to troubleshoot and diagnose on-car computer systems and to interface with internet repair databases and technical manuals.
This program will prepare you to meet the demands of today’s auto service industry. Approximately seventy-five percent of your time will be spent working with equipment and vehicles. The work cooperative/ internship provides you with experience working as an auto technician at a repair facility. With a working knowledge of complex automotive systems and well-developed problem solving skills, you will be ready to begin to diagnose and repair today’s automotive systems.
A valid driver’s license and a cumulative grade point of 2.0 is required to enroll in the Cooperative/Internship course. One year of high school algebra is recommended.
Where will I get a job?
Overall, the automotive industry is moving toward less mechanic-type maintenance and more testing/diagnostic skills. Auto Service Technician positions are available right after graduating. With experience there is the opportunity to become a service manager or owner.
How much $ will I make?
Salary begins at $12–$14/hour. After refining their skills, many graduates work on a commission base.
What kind of classes will I take?
Automotive classes focus on 75% of time spent with hands-on projects in the lab, and 25% of time spent in lecture. You will work with current lab equipment that is leading edge technology. Each student completes a summer internship.
What’s unique about this program?
NCC’s program has a summer internship, is NATEF certified, and all instructors are ASE certified each with a number of years experience in the auto mechanic service and repair industry. The program has been recognized as the best program in Iowa many times during the past 12 years, and was recognized as the 4th best program in the nation! In 2010 the program was awarded 1st place in the Iowa Ford AAA Contest.