Automotive Technology

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Program Description

Skilled auto technicians are in demand and we want to prepare you for a rewarding career in the high-tech auto industry. Our Automotive Technology program provides intensive, hands-on training using state-of-the-art equipment in the areas of engine repair, automatic transmission and transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.

Select Automotive Technology students participate on one of SCC's Engine Build Competition Teams. The teams race against the clock at various events throughout the year to see who can get the engine started first. Not only is the Engine Build Competition spectator-friendly, it promotes teamwork and camaraderie.

Students entering this program may qualify for the Scott Pathway Scholarship

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Awards Offered: A.A.S. Degree / Certificate / Diploma
Locations: Lincoln, Milford
Formats: In-Person
Start: Fall / Spring
Schedule: Full-Time
Estimated Total Cost
$14,462 Associate of Applied Science
$9,706 Diploma
$1,404 Certificate

You can start the Automotive Technology program in the Fall or Spring terms. Follow these steps to finish your application:

  1. Want to learn more about SCC? Come see how SCC will help you achieve Your Path to Possible! Schedule a campus visit!
  2. Need help exploring career opportunities or navigating the admissions process? Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.
  3. Ready to apply? Complete an Application for Admission.
  4. Submit ACT, SAT, Next Generation Accuplacer, or Accuplacer test scores (reading and math) or official college transcripts showing completion of post-secondary coursework in English and math to the Admissions Office at any SCC location.

You’re a Good Fit

You will be successful in our Automotive Technology program if you:

  • have high mechanical ability and basic math skills
  • have good communication skills (must be able to read, understand and follow written directions; must be able to read manuals and computer-generated instructions; and must be able to express oneself clearly verbally)
  • are computer proficient and detail-oriented
  • are a “mind-on” and a “hands-on” person
  • have the ability to work on a team
  • are creative and artistic
  • have high spatial relations ability (can visualize three dimensionally)
  • are a sequential and analytical thinker
  • can multi-task and stay on task until a job is completed


We prepare you for employment as high-quality entry-level technicians in the automotive repair field. Because many skilled technicians are expected to retire, now is a great time to start your career in the automotive technology industry. Duties in the field include researching service information using manuals or computer-based programs and using an extensive array of hand tools and diagnostic equipment. Recent SCC graduates report an average starting annual salary of $34,320. Career options in the automotive technology industry include:

  • Automotive Technician
  • Certified Technician
  • Customer Service Advisor
  • Lube/Oil/Tire/Maintenance Technician
  • Mechanic
  • Parts Distribution or Parts Sales
  • Service Advisor or Service Technician
  • Shop Assistant

Suggested Course Sequence

This Suggested Course Sequence is meant to give you an idea of the courses you will need to take to graduate. Schedule an appointment with your advisor to create your personalized academic plan.

Semester 1
Student Success
AUTT1111 Auto Shop Repairs/Basic Maintenance 6
AUTT1116 Electrical Fundamentals
Auto Elecrical Repair
O/A and GMAW Welding
GEN ED GELO#2 (typical)
  Semester Total 17
Semester 2
AUTT1214 Steering & Suspension & Brakes 6
AUTT1216 Automotive Electrical II & HVAC 6
GEN ED GELO#5 (typical)
  Semester Total 15
Semester 3
AUTT2135 Advanced Control Systems 4
AUTT2103 Drive Trains 3.5
AUTT2112 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle 5.5
GEN ED GELO #1 (typical) 3
  Semester Total 16
Semester 4
AUTT2201 Engines Repair 5.5
AUTT2208 Advanced Engine Performance 5.5
GEN ED 1 GELO#1 or #6
GEN ED 2 GELO #3 or #4
  Semester Total 17
  Program Total 65.0

For more information about the post-graduation achievements of SCC Graduates as well as average starting salaries, refer to the annual Graduate Report (PDF).

For information about the methodologies used to gather the post-graduation student achievement data contained in the annual Graduate Report, refer to the Institutional Research page or contact