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Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

If you love the power of a Hemi V-8, the roar of a well-tuned muscle car or the style of import/tuner cars, it may be time to turn your hobby into a solid career path. Let Allegany College of Maryland's nationally certified Automotive Technology program put you on the road to success with state-of-the-art training. Whether you're looking to improve your current job situation or simply start your career, you'll have the hands-on opportunity to learn about early to late model vehicles with instructors who know first-hand the challenges and rewards of the automotive industry.

Overview

Standing Tire with RimCertified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) -- an affiliate of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) -- our Automotive Technology program offers you superior training on today's increasingly advanced vehicles. With our small class sizes, you'll receive personalized attention and instruction. You will also learn on the model of your choice as all students are required to supply their own vehicle on which they will work throughout the program.

Offered to both full and part-time students, our programs include a one-year certificate and a two-year career option which qualifies you for an Associate's Degree in Automotive Technology and/or transfer to a four-year college. No matter which career option you choose, you'll be fully prepared to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test at the completion of your training.

It's the perfect option for someone who's already employed in the automotive field or looking to become an automotive technician. Our two-year career program offers you the opportunity to gain automotive repair training while taking general education courses -- an excellent choice if you're considering a career in automotive service.

Through a special arrangement with the Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT), Allegany College of Maryland graduates may transfer up to 45 automotive credits and other General Education classes towards a Bachelors Degree in Automotive Management from PCT.

Our programs provide college credit for select high school/vocational coursework at several area high schools, including:

  • Bedford County Technical Center
  • Northern Bedford High School
  • Somerset County Technical Center
  • Northern Garrett High School
  • Southern Garrett High School
  • Allegany County Center for Career and Technical Education
  • Mineral County Technical Center
  • South Branch Career and Technical Center
  • Greater Johnstown Career and Technical Center
  • Franklin County Career and Technology Center

 

The Automotive Technology program has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) as a Statewide Designated Program. Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany County who register in this eligible program will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate. However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates. Funding availability for this program is based on funding from the state of Maryland and is thus subject to change each semester. Some restrictions apply. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Additionally, program scholarships are available through our Foundation. 

Course Info
As an Automotive Technology program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:
  • Engines I
  • Engines II
  • Electricity
  • Fuel Systems
  • Related Technical Automotive
  • Ignition Systems
  • Brakes I
  • Brakes II
  • Transmissions
  • Engine Testing
  • Body Repair and Refinishing
  • Air Conditioning
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Electricity II

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

 

Career Info

Graduates of Automotive Technology programs enjoy enriching and rewarding careers as:

  • Alignment Technicians
  • Automotive Body Technicians
  • Automotive Equipment Diagnostic Technicians
  • Automotive Instructors
  • Computer Diagnostic Technicians
  • Fleet Managers
  • General Line Technicians
  • Parts Counter Persons
  • Parts Managers
  • Parts Recycling Technicians
  • Service Advisors
  • Service Managers
  • Service Writers
  • Transmission Specialist

*Some of the above careers may require additional training and/or a bachelor's degree.

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

Faculty/Staff Info
Dennis McKenzie, Assistant Professor and Program Director

301-784-5150
dmckenzie@allegany.edu
Automotive Technology 10

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

B.A., Fairmont State College

Graduate study at Western Maryland College


Ray Hunt, Instructor

301-784-5461
rhunt@allegany.edu
Automotive Technology 11

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

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