Semester Catalog

Automotive

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The automotive industry offers exciting and rewarding careers for people who have an
interest in diagnosing and repairing mechanical components and computer/electrical
circuitry. Additionally, these careers contribute significantly to a cleaner environment and
the safety of the general public. This industry is not limited to automobiles, as it
covers a broad spectrum that includes aviation, marine, heavy-duty trucks, off-road
equipment, recreational vehicles and stationary power plants.

Graduates of the Automotive Technology program are prepared for employment in
the automotive industry as technicians, machinists, unit specialists, emission and
performance diagnosticians, department managers, and manufacturer’s representatives.
The College enhances opportunities for employment through close association
with dealerships in the Boston area, as well as national manufacturers such as Audi,
BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and
Volkswagen. Successful completion of this program provides the student with an
Associate of Science degree and the opportunity to continue in the Bachelor of
Science program.

The Automotive Department strongly endorses Automotive Service Excellence
Certification. All of the Automotive Faculty are ASE Certified, and we encourage
our students to take these tests for national certification, as they are ready.

Curriculum

In keeping with the College's mission, the objectives of this Associate of Science
program are to provide a theory-based automotive education, supported by practical
experience that meets the College’s history of high academic standards. Additionally,
these standards allow graduates to improve themselves personally, economically and
socially, and to provide a foundation for lifelong learning. Degree requirements are
further supported by general education components, including proficiency in oral
and written communication, math, and physics.

The majority of this two-year program is devoted to automotive technical specialties,
including actual work on live vehicles in the student instructional garage. In addition
to the mechanical technologies, the program is complemented by the study of
mathematics, physics, humanities, and social sciences. Humanities, social sciences,
and English courses comprise part of the curriculum to ensure the graduates possess
broader social visions and effective communication skills.

Special Admission Requirements for Automotive Technology Program

Due to the unique environment of automotive laboratories and repair facilities with
regard to the safe operation of machinery, repair equipment, running engines, etc.,
the following is required of applicants to the Automotive Program:

  •  Correctable vision and hearing
  •  Ability to stand on one’s feet for long periods
  •  Ability to lift 30 pounds.

Additionally, for continuation into the second year of the program involving the
automotive repair garage: Students are required to have a valid driver’s license;
Students are required to purchase first-year and second-year tool sets

Facilities

The Automotive Department maintains laboratories for the study of automotive
electricity, internal combustion engines, automatic, manual transmissions, chassis
and brakes, hybrid and alternate fuels, engine performance as well as an eleven-bay
working laboratory and a Drivability Clinic equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
Additionally, the College serves as an MA Certified Emissions Repair Facility.