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Automotive service technicians play a vital role in American society, which since the 1950s, has depended a great deal on the freedom and mobility provided by automobiles. Automotive service technicians not only apply their expertise to solving electrical and mechanical problems in our vehicles; technicians also assure that vehicles run at optimal performance and are safe for each and every one of us on today’s roads.

The Automotive Service Technology program at PCC offers you the opportunity to become a skilled automotive service technician, providing you with the fundamental skills necessary to succeed in an ever changing and challenging industry. The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), an arm of the industry certifying body, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), accredits both our degree and certificate.

Degrees and Certificates

In this program you can earn the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree: Automotive Service Technology
  • Two Year Certificate: Automotive Service Technology

See the catalog for information regarding program requirements.

Flexibility, Unique Courses, Upgrades

We offer you flexibility, cutting-edge knowledge, automotive industry best practices, and the ability to specialize in your chosen field. Whether you’re just starting your career in automotive technology or returning for a skills upgrade, our program offers the best training and resources available. Our three-week course modules offer the perfect opportunity to schedule classes around your job, or to learn in segments, providing better consistency. We offer upgrade training to technicians already working in the field, and you may earn credit for passing ASE tests (See the automotive department chair for details).

What's Next?

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  1. Apply for admission to PCC.
  2. Follow the new student checklist.
  3. Attend a program information session.
  4. Complete any Prerequisites for AST Admission. All prerequisites must be met or currently in progress to be on the waiting list for Automotive Service Technology.  Students will not be admitted to the first term of the program if they have not met the prerequisites. If you completed your prerequisite courses at another institution, you will need to submit your official transcripts to Student Records for evaluation prior to submitting your Application to the Automotive Service Technology program. You will also want to attach an electronic copy (unofficial) to the AST application (see next step).
  5. Complete and submit the Automotive Service Technology Application.
  6. Check your MyPCC account frequently for updates on the status of your application. You will be contacted via MyPCC email and given a short time to confirm your interest when you have been moved to the top of the waitlist.

Please Note: The program contains additional costs for tools, uniforms and equipment.