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About our Automotive
Technology Associate Degree


The Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare skilled technicians to work in the automotive industry. The program involves general education as well as automotive lecture and laboratory instruction. Our shops are spacious and well-equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

During labs, the student-to-teacher ratio is capped at 13:1, so learners get plenty of hands-on experience and instructor attention. Students may also work at a repair shop as part of the cooperative education phase of training.

The program is accredited at the Master Automobile Service Technology level by the Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation. We have strong support from community business partners. Full-time instructors with vast technical experience and education offer a nurturing learning opportunity for students. Opportunities for graduates include positions in dealerships, independent shops, automotive parts stores and companies with vehicle fleets. Positions may allow technicians to specialize in areas such as steering and suspension, brakes, transmissions and drivelines, engine repair and performance, climate control and electronics.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive electrical/electronic systems.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive suspension and steering systems.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive brake systems.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive engines.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive engine performance systems.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive manual transmissions and drivetrains.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive automatic transmissions.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Automotive Technician
  • General Service Technician
  • Suspension and Steering Technician
  • Brake System Technician
  • Parts Specialist
  • Service Manager
  • Service Writer
  • Shop Owner

Continue Your Education

SMCC graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:

  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Maine College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Thomas College
  • University of Maine
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Wellesley College

To view our seamless transfer agreements, visit our Transfer webpage.

How do I complete this program?

Browse the information below to view our program requirements and how you might complete this program.

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going, we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.

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The Southern Maine Community College Automotive Technology Program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
1503 Edwards Ferry Rd., NE
Suite 401
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 669-6650

Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Admissions: 207-741-5800 or 

Department Chair: Ruth Morrison, 207-741-5856 or

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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