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Automotive Industry Requires Tech Savvy Employees

NOVA students repairing a truck in the Collision Repair certificate.

Today’s automobiles are complex machines run by sophisticated computer systems that require highly-trained, tech-savvy automotive technicians to maintain them.

Auto technicians face components virtually unheard of a generation ago: on-board computers, electronic fuel injection systems and antilock brakes, to name a few. To work on these technically-advanced vehicles, technicians need to be master diagnosticians with a strong background in electronics. This requires a college degree. 

NOVA provides students with the technical skills and knowledge necessary to enter this demanding – and rewarding – profession. Many of the program’s instructors are NOVA graduates with advanced training and years of real-world experience in the automotive field. In their spare time, the instructors maintain their skills through fun, auto-related hobbies such as building custom vehicles and racing cars.

Numerous opportunities await graduates with an associate degree in Automotive Technology. In addition to working as a technician, openings exist with manufacturers for well-trained employees to perform research and development, testing, and fabrications in all areas of the industry. Fleet service and management positions are also available for qualified automotive technicians.

NOVA graduates who want to continue their educations can transfer to four-year colleges and universities that build on NOVA’s associate degree with a bachelor’s degree in management or engineering technology.

NOVA’s Alexandria Campus offers:

  • Automotive Technology Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
  • Emissions Specialization (A.A.S.)
  • General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (GMASEP)
  • Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Career Studies Certificate
  • Collision Repair Technology Career Studies Certificate

NOVA’s Manassas Campus offers:

  • Automotive Technology Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
  • Emissions Specialization (A.A.S.)
  • Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate
  • Diesel Mechanics Technology Career Studies Certificate  

Learn more about NOVA’s Automotive Technology Program 

By: Carlene Mackereth

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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