Industry & Transportation
Skilled trades professions like civil engineering, electrical technology, HVAC and many more are among the most in-demand careers in New Hampshire. Professions like these, as well as automotive, marine and aviation technology, offer hands-on learning and attainment of an increasing array of technical skills that prepare students for rewarding professions.

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Careers in the automotive service industry are in high demand. Our Associate of Science degree in Automotive Technology offers you all the technical training and the academic course work you need to find an exciting job and build a rewarding career.

Our two-year degree program is built around our hands-on automotive lab experience where you will work on real life automotive problems in a real shop atmosphere. Our live work approach lets you apply skills and build knowledge by performing work on vehicles needing repair. High-tech training is grouped with course work that explores the operation of automotive systems and engine repair, including; electrical, brakes, steering and suspension, automatic and manual transmissions, heating and cooling, and engine performance. Along the way you will receive individual instruction from our experienced faculty and enjoy a small class size.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) technician certification exam.

Our Automotive Technology Program has a partnership with the following businesses


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Special Requirements:

  1. A minimum of one year of high school Algebra I is recommended.
  2. Basic skills in written English are required.
  3. A basic automotive tool kit and roll cabinet are required. Substantial discounts are available to enrolled students. An annual "Tool Day" takes place in late August for students needing tools or tool kits. Approximate tool kit cost is between $2,600 and $3,500 (prices subject to change). View the required tool list.
  4. Students are expected to posses a good work ethic and a strong desire to learn.
  5. A clean, valid drivers license is required for the program and employment in the automotive service industry (see Program Coordinator for details).


AUTO106N Internal Combustion Engine 2 3 3
AUTO113N Automotive Electricity & Wiring 2 3 3
AUTO121N Automotive Service and Maintenance* 2 4 4
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
MATH103N Topics in Applied College Mathematics -OR- 3 0 3
General Education Core Elective     3/4
AUTO114N Automotive Suspension and Steering 2 4 4
AUTO115N Advanced Automotive Electricity/Electronics 2 3 3
AUTO122N Automotive Brake Systems 2 4 4
General Education Core Requirement:  English/Communications 3 0 3
AUTO210N Engine Performance I 2 3 3
AUTO226N Automotive Power Trains 2 4 4
AUTN227N Automatic Transmissions 2 4 4
PHYS101N Physical Science I 3 2 4
AUTO210N Engine Performance II 2 3 3
AUTO221N Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning 2 3 3
AUTO228N Automotive Engine Repair:  A Capstone Experience 2 6 4
General Education Core Requirement: Behavioral Social Science -OR-
General Education Core Requirement: History & Political Science
3 0 3
ARTS140N Welding and Metal Craft -OR- 1 4 3
General Education Core: Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness 3 0 3
Total 62/63 Credits

**A student must earn a "C" or better to achieve a passing grade in this course.

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*This course may be waived by ACCUPLACER test score or by Math Department placement exam. These credits do not count towards graduation.

Program Outcomes

Upon the completion of the degree in Automotive Technology, graduates will be able to:

  1. Evaluate, diagnose, and repair various automotive systems using NATEF guidelines. 
  2. Use technology and basic scientific principles for research and problem solving.
  3. Employ effective written and oral communication skills.
  4. Employ effective technical writing skills.
  5. Utilize mathematical logic and analysis for problem solving.
  6. Understand the connections between individuals and society.
  7. Have the ability to achieve ASE Master Certification.
  8. Perform reading skills at the college level.
  9. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.

In addition, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competency in the general education outcomes.

NCC Automotive Tech: Not Your Average Auto Program

Enthusiasts looking to hone their automotive skills have their pick of training programs, but there are a few things that set the program at NCC apart.

“We do live work on real cars, with real problems, not ‘canned projects,’” said Tim Hogan, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Automotive Technology. He said in the end the cars are “really fixed.”

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The other element is that Hogan and fellow instructor Ben Wagstaff both race. “That brings a whole different level to how we look at cars or motorcycles. We are into the performance side as much if not more than the diagnostic and repair part of it,” Hogan said.

Fixing cars, trucks, motorcycles, minibikes, and snowmobiles is what they do for fun.

In terms of job prospects, Hogan said there are now more than 400 openings in the State for skilled workers. “We work with (New Hampshire Automotive Dealership Association) to place our students into those jobs,” he said. Students may also be placed in a Powersports shop.

Pictured right: Tim Hogan, left, and Ben Wagstaff.

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