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Introduction to 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:
- 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.
- 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 ASSET/MLR in partnership with Ford Motor Company and Ford and Lincoln Dealers, Ford ASSET students earn 100% of Ford certifications. The Ford ASSET program is a paid co-op program allowing students to earn while they learn. At the end of the two years, students earn an associate degree and valuable dealer experience. Ford MLR certificate 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.
- Mercedes-Benz Campus students will build their skill set to become a Mercedes-Benz registered technician — learning about the latest technology, service and repair, as well as earning a potential internship at a Mercedes-Benz dealership.
- Nissan/Infiniti (Nissan Technician Training Academy-NTTA) is designed to help prepare students for a career as a factory-trained technician to work in Nissan and Infiniti dealerships across the country. NTTA is a collaborative partnership between Nissan North America, MCC and Nissan dealerships and Infiniti retailers.
- 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.
The Automotive Technology Program provides a strong foundation for a successful and financially rewarding career in a very complex field.