Automotive Technology Degree Program

Associate in Science Degree

The automotive school at New England Tech offers an automotive repair-training program that provides students in-depth study and hands-on training using the same diagnostic, service, and repair trends as used in the automotive industry. 

There are two Automotive Associate Degree program offerings:
Automotive Technology (Evenings) | Advanced Automotive Technology (Days)

While both programs cover similar topics, the daytime Advanced Automotive Technology program includes more in-depth study and hands-on technical skills building – perfect for those who already have a basic understanding or have prior experience in automotive service and repair.

With either program, students study the design, mechanics, and servicing techniques of the many complex systems and components of today's cars, SUV’s and light trucks.

• ABS and braking
• Air conditioning
• Computer control systems (OBD, ECM, BCM, TPMS, SRS, TCS, ABS…)
• Computerized engine controls
• Diesel vehicle systems
• Drivetrain components
• Electrical systems and components
• Emission & EGR systems
• Engine accessory systems (power steering, water pump, belts…)
• Engine construction and design
• Fuel delivery systems
• Fuel efficiency
• Heating and cooling
• Hybrid vehicle systems
• Maintenance and servicing procedures
• Steering and suspension
• Transmission, transfer case, transaxle
• Wheel alignment, and drivability

New England Tech adheres to the latest industry service and repair standards, uses many of the same tools and diagnostic equipment in our labs that our graduates will use when they enter the trade, and adheres to the curriculum standards established by NATEF and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

New England Institute of Technology participates in the Ford Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) program which includes Ford Service Technician Specialty Training (STST) in the following areas: Electrical Systems, Climate Control, Brake Systems, Steering & Suspension, Tire, Chassis & Maintenance.  Upon graduation, students will have completed the necessary requirements for the Ford MLR certification. 

These Automotive Technology programs prepare student for careers in the $60B automotive service and repair industry.  Graduating students are trained for entry-to-industry level employment and are technically capable of offering the skills today’s hiring companies are looking for.

Upon completion, students can continue their studies for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Automotive Service Management or Business Management degrees - an option rarely found in other automotive schools.


“Today’s automotive technicians aren’t mechanics, they’re skilled computer technicians. New England Tech graduates have more hands-on experience and the technical skills we look for when hiring employees.”

Steve Guyette, Service Manager - Balise Automotive Group, Warwick, RI

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Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission Statement:
The mission of both the Automotive (AUT) and the Advanced Automotive Technology programs (AAUT) are to create entry-level automotive technicians, prepared for employment in new vehicle automobile dealerships, independent automotive repair businesses, fleet service & repair centers, and car rental companies. Through participation in classroom, hands-on, and lab activities, students will gain the knowledge and experiences necessary to obtain an Associate in of Science degree. This will enable them to pursue employment at an entry level in the automotive repair industry, allow acceptance into an  advanced-level training program, and lay the foundation for future progression into a management discipline, if so desired.

Program Goals:
1. The AUT & AAUT programs will provide students with the necessary experiences to become employable in the automotive repair industry at an entry level.
2. The AUT & AAUT programs will provide students with the necessary hands-on and/or lab activities, according to the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards, to prepare students for the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.
3. The AUT and AAUT programs will strive to instill in students a professional work ethic.
4. The AUT and AAUT programs will provide students the knowledge of workplace hazards and occupational safety ,enabling them to work safely within the automotive industry.

Program Outcomes:
Students successfully completing the Automotive or Advanced Automotive training programs will be able to:
1. Perform basic automobile engine diagnosis through the use of vacuum testing, compression testing, and cylinder leakage testing. Assessments will be accomplished through lab worksheets and/or hands-on exercises.
2. Perform basic electrical system diagnosis and testing on vehicle lighting, starting, and charging systems. Assessments will be accomplished through lab worksheets and/or hands-on exercises.
3. Perform front-end  and four-wheel vehicle alignments and repairs on vehicle suspension systems, utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art alignment equipment. Assessments will be accomplished through lab worksheets and/or hands-on exercises.
4. Repair all types of light vehicle tires and wheels. Assessments will be accomplished through lab worksheets and/or hands-on exercises..
5. Perform drivability diagnosis and repairs to autobmobile fuel, ignition, and emission systems. Assessments will be accomplished through lab worksheets and/or hands-on exercises.
6. Diagnose and repair manual and automatic transmission shifting and performance concerns. Assessments will be accomplished through lab worksheets and/or hands-on exercises. 7. Recover, recycle, and recharge automotive air conditioning systems in accordance with EPA regulations. Assessments will be accomplished through lab worksheets and/or hands-on exercises.
8. Diagnose,  and repair automotive engine cooling system concerns and replace water pumps, thermostats, accessory drive belts and other cooling system components. Assessments will be accomplished through lab worksheets and/or hands-on exercises..
9. Perform automotive drum and disc brake system diagnosis, repairs and replacement of component parts in accordance with current industry standards for automobile service  standards. Assessments will be accomplished through lab worksheets and/or hands-on exercises.

Courses Offered

Associate in Science Degree

  • TT 105 Introduction to Transportation Technology
  • TT 110 Basic Engine Theory
  • TT 111 Basic Engine Theory Lab
  • AUT 139 Advanced Engines Theory
  • AUT 140 Advanced Engines Lab
  • TT 112 Basic Electricity Fundamentals
  • TT 113 Basic Electricity Fundamentals Lab
  • AUT 137 Advanced Electricity and Electronics Theory
  • AUT 138 Advanced Electricity and Electronics Lab
  • AUT 122 Automotive Braking Systems Theory
  • AUT 123 Automotive Braking Systems Lab
  • AUT 127 Suspension and Steering Systems
  • AUT 128 Suspension and Steering Lab
  • AUT 227 Automotive Fuel Systems Theory
  • AUT 228 Automotive Fuel Systems Lab
  • AUT 255 Automotive Ignition Systems Theory
  • AUT 256 Automotive Ignition Systems Lab
  • AUT 257 Engine Computer Controls Systems Theory
  • AUT 258 Engine Computer Controls Systems Lab
  • AUT 241 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Theory
  • AUT 242 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Lab
  • AUT 215 Automotive Powertrains
  • AUT 216 Automotive Powertrains Lab

Automotive Technology with High Performance

  • AUT 271 Introduction to High Performance Vehicles
  • AUT 272 Introduction to High Performance Vehicles Lab