This curriculum is designed to train technicians for the automotive field. Students completing this program will be ready for full-time employment as automotive technicians. Job opportunities include line technician, new car make-ready, and customer service representative.
In order to learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study please visit here. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.
Credit for Prior Learning
Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.
The most current information can be found here for CPL: Certifications and Credentials.
Program Degrees and Certificates
- Automotive Technology, A.A.S.
- Automotive Diagnosis and Repair, C.S.C.
- Collision Repair Technology, C.S.C.
- Diesel Basic Repair, C.S.C.
- Diesel Preventative Maintenance, C.S.C.
- Maintenance and Light Repair, C.S.C.
Students who are enrolled in co-operative internship degree and certificate programs, such as the GM ASEP and WANADA programs, begin their careers right away as apprentice technicians while attending school. Upon graduation, students will already have the experience to start working as technicians on their own. Students who complete our degree and certificate programs without an internship component will be eligible for a position as a technician apprentice upon graduation. Other career options in the automotive field available to graduates include service writing, parts specialist, sales representative, warranty administrator. Some go outside of automotive with their problem solving skills to repair medical, manufacturing, and building equipment. With additional experience, technicians may choose to enter into higher-level career areas in the automotive industry such as shop foreman, service manager, automotive instructor, or start their own repair facility.
Want to get started with this program? Speak with an adviser to start shaping your educational journey at NOVA.