Automotive Technology


Today's vehicles are highly sophisticated, using advanced technology that the average car-owner cannot maintain. Customers need and expect qualified automotive technicians now more than ever. Because of this, job opportunities for well-trained technicians continue to grow.

NCC's program provides students with high-level technical understanding of current developments in the automotive service profession. Our program focuses on the mastery of technology as you prepare for the workplace. The two-year program is approved by GM, Chrysler, and Subaru. All feature both classroom work and supervised experience at a sponsoring dealership or approved automotive service facility. Northampton's GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) and the Chrysler MOPAR College Automotive Program (MCAP) are both certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation.


As a student in NCC's associate's degree program you can choose among four different options: the GM ASEP, Chrysler MCAP, Subaru University and global programs. The ASEP and CAP options focus on courses devoted exclusively to current GM or Chrysler vehicles. Global students may select courses which provide product specific information from either GM or Chrysler or non-product specific automotive courses. Our specialized diploma in Automotive Technology can be completed in just two semesters.

Our program requires practicums so you can apply your classroom theory in the real world. During your practicum, you will work under the guidance of a mentor at an approved sponsoring automotive service facility. The knowledge and skills gained in this setting are extremely valuable.

The cost of tuition, fees, hand tools and other expenses are the responsibility of the student; however, since students are employees of sponsoring dealerships and approved service facilities, they can earn while they learn. 


Enrollment in this program is limited, so apply early. As part of the application process, you will be required to secure a sponsor for your practicums. Assistance will be provided by the automotive staff during the application process. You must also have a valid driver's license and be prepared to purchase an entry level set of hand tools.


Upon successful completion of the Automotive Technology program, the graduate should be able to:

  • Have the ability to demonstrate a positive attitude toward the efficacy of professionalism in the work place.
  • Diagnose and repair mechanical systems of automotive engines; automatic transmissions and transaxles; manual drive trains and axles; suspension and steering systems; braking systems; electrical and electronic systems; heating and air conditioning systems; and engine performance systems.
  • Exhibit logical thinking throughout essential areas of automotive diagnostics, using published technical information to repair a vehicle while meeting manufacturer's specifications.
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of general and highly specialized tools and equipment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively on both technical and lay levels.

Career Potential: Automotive Service Technician, Auto Electronics Specialist, Transmission and Drive Train Specialist, Alignment Specialist

Leading to: Service Writer, Service Manager, Shop Foreman, Specialty Technician, Specialty Repair Shop Owner