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Associate Degree

Career Possibilities

  • Auto Mechanic
  • Service Writer
  • Parts Store Manager

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Associate in Science Degree

The Automotive Technology Department provides in-depth study and application of the most current trends in the automotive field.

The department offers four automotive associate degree programs: Automotive Technology and Advanced Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology with High Performance and Advanced Automotive Technology with High Performance. While all programs cover the same topics, the Advanced Automotive Technology degrees include more in-depth study.

Students learn the design, theory of operation, and servicing techniques of the many systems and system components of today's automobiles. Training in engine construction and design, engine repair, electricity, electronics, suspension, steering, brakes, transmissions, fuel systems, ignition systems, and emission controls is provided to assure maximum coverage. Advanced training in air conditioning, drive trains, and transaxles are offered as well. A final engine performance class covers computerized engine controls, fuel injection systems, tailpipe emissions diagnosis, and ABS braking systems. NEIT uses the latest industry standards, up-to-date diagnostic equipment, and Automotive Service Excellence approved curriculum in its training program.

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 intensive programs prepare students for entry-to-industry-level technical capability and offer skills needed for rapid advancement.  After completing some prerequisites, graduates of this program are eligible to continue on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Automotive Service Management or in Business Management.



NEIT’s Automotive Technology program is Master-Certified by the National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF), 101 Blue Seal Drive, Suite 101, Leesburg, Virginia 20175, (703) 669-6650.

Associate in Science Degree

Program Mission Statement

The mission of both the Automotive (AUT) and Advanced Automotive Technology (AAUT) programs is to create entry-level Automotive technicians prepared for employment in new vehicle automobile dealerships, independent automotive repair businesses, fleet service and 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 Science degree. This will enable them to pursue employment at an entry level in the automotive repair industry or acceptance into an advanced-level training program, and lay the foundation for future progression into a management discipline, if so desired.

Program Goals

  1. Students will be introduced to various opportunities and careers in the auto industry. Students will identify industry certifications and degree requirements needed to pursue automotive careers.
  2. Students will be able to experience theoretical and practical applications which will prepare them for business and industry.
  3. Students will participate in peer learning lab activities, which will utilize the gathering of information using both electronic and traditional methods that can be used to generate a comprehensive vehicle report that will be used for repairs and to communicate to the customer the diagnosis and need repairs.
  4. Students will develop a sense of professionalism which is expected in the automotive industry and will be encouraged to become lifelong learners.

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.
  2. Perform basic electrical system diagnosis and testing on vehicle lighting, starting and charging systems.
  3. Perform front-end and four-wheel vehicle alignments and repairs on vehicle suspension systems, utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art alignment equipment.
  4. Repair all types of light vehicle tires and wheels.
  5. Perform drivability diagnosis and repairs to automobile fuel, ignition and emission systems.
  6. Diagnose and repair manual and automatic transmission shifting and performance concerns.
  7. Recover, recycle, and recharge automotive air conditioning systems in accordance with EPA regulations.
  8. Diagnose and repair automotive engine cooling system concerns and replace water pumps, thermostats accessory drive belts and other cooling system components.
  9. Perform automotive drum and disc brake system diagnosis, repairs, and replacement of component parts in accordance with current industry standards for automobile service.

Associate in Science Degree

  • TT 105 Introduction to Transportation Technology
  • AUT 103 Automotive Engines
  • AUT 104 Automotive Engines Lab
  • AUT 110 Suspension and Steering
  • AUT 111 Suspension and Steering Lab
  • AUT 105 Automotive Electricity and Electronics
  • AUT 106 Automotive Electricity and Electronics Lab
  • AUT 114 Oxy and Electric Welding and Cutting
  • AUT 120 Automotive Brakes
  • AUT 121 Automotive Brakes Lab
  • AUT 209 Automotive Fuel and Ignition Systems
  • AUT 210 Automotive Fuel and Ignition Systems Lab
  • AUT 275 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
  • EN 106 Transportation Industry Service Communication
  • AUT 221 Automotive Engine Performance Diagnosis
  • AUT 222 Automotive Engine Performance Diagnosis Lab
  • AUT 277 Vehicle Service Practices with Career Preparation I
  • MA 106 Transportation Industry Materials and Quantities
  • AUT 211 Automotive Powertrains
  • AUT 219 Automotive Powertrains Lab
  • HU 289 Racing Through Film
  • EN 102 Critical Thinking and College Writing

Internship Option

  • AUT 251 Internship/Practical Experience
  • BU 236 Small Business and the Law
  • HU 242 The Automobile and American Culture
  • PHY 126 Applied Physics and Lab

No Internship Option

  • AUT 142 Advanced Engine Performance
  • AUT 143 Advanced Engine Performance Lab
  • BU 236 Small Businesses and the Law
  • HU 242 The Automobile and American Culture
  • PHY 126 Applied Physics and Lab

ASM Option

  • BU 236 Small Business and the Law
  • HU 242 The Automobile and the American Culture
  • IT 111 Introduction to Information
  • MA 200 Applied Math for Business
  • MGM 130 Accounting Fundamentals

AS Completion Option

  • BU 236 Small Business and the Law
  • HU 242 The Automobile and American Culture
  • MA 121 Business Math
  • PHY 126 Applied Physics and Lab