NMC Automotive Technology program students and program coordinator Wayne Moody pose with NMC's entry in the Society of Automotive Engineers' annual Baja endurance race

Automotive Technology Degrees and Certificates

Wayne Moody and students working on a car transmission

NMC Automotive Technology program students working on a car engine

Cars on hoists

About Automotive Technology

Wheel calibration equipmentToday’s computerized, sophisticated vehicles require skilled, knowledgeable automotive technicians. Gone are the days of wrenches and paper repair manuals, replaced by advanced diagnostic equipment and highly trained technicians. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the need for more than 76,000 new auto mechanics by the year 2026.

Learn the hands-on skills you need to work in the automotive field. Earn one or all four of our specialized systems certificates or complete our Automotive Service Technology Associate degree.

Classes are offered both days and evenings to fit your schedule. All classes are taught by certified instructors who specialize in systems, brakes, transmissions, electrical and more. You’ll use the latest technology and diagnostic equipment to work on real cars for real customers in NMC’s 13-bay auto shop. In-house testing for state certification completes the program. Whether you are looking to start a new career or upgrade your existing skills, you can find it at NMC!

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Course Descriptions

Course Sequence Guides

Program Requirements

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This program meets the requirements for preparation or licensing in the state of Michigan. The applicability of this program to requirements of other states has not been determined.

Tuition and Fees

Tier I Tuition

Residency Status

Tuition Rate

In-District ( Grand Traverse County residents) Tuition

$147.00 per contact hour

In-State ( other Michigan counties) Tuition

$299.00 per contact hour

Out-of-state Tuition

$387.00 per contact hour

International Tuition

$438.00 per contact hour

General Fee for all residencies:

Other fee of $33.00 per contact hour is a general fee covering a portion of costs for technology, orientation, placement, career testing, Student Government Association, and other student service activities.

$33.00 per contact hour

General Fee for all residencies for Nursing courses (HNR)

$23.00 per contact hour

Nursing Exam Software Fee for students in ADN & PN programs

$28.75 per semester

Cost of Attendance

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Note: For more information on how COA component estimates are calculated, see the bottom of the Tuition and Fees page.

Enrolled students can find their own calculated Cost of Attendance in NMC Self-Service under Financial Aid. Others can use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the total annual cost of attending NMC based on their program and enrollment plans, along with financial aid eligibility.

Degrees & Certificates

Links below open in the NMC Academic Catalog site.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete one of NMC’s automotive technology programs may consider the following careers:

  • Independent shop technician
  • Dealership technician
  • Machine shop repair
  • Fleet service (schools, municipalities) and repair
  • Shop foreman
  • Service writer
  • Service management
  • Parts sales
  • Race team pit crew

In the News:

Drive To Succeed: Making Auto Techs At NMC

“There’s never been a greater need for automotive technicians,” (instructor and program coordinator Wayne) Moody said. “Most people don’t work on their own cars; the skill set required these days is so much more.”

January 14, 2017

Former NMC Auto Tech Student Shines In High-Tech Tesla Career

October 2016

Critical Shortage Getting Worse: Area Car Dealerships, Garages Struggle To Find Enough Auto Techs

October 2016