Do you need to “jump start” your career? The Automotive Systems Technology (ATEP) curriculum is designed to prepare you for a career in the ever-changing fast-paced automotive service industry as an automotive technician, with potential opportunities in service management and self-employment. Through a combination of class, lab, and cooperative work experience, you will learn the basic theory and analytical skills necessary to troubleshoot many high-tech control systems with the latest diagnostic equipment.
Graduates are prepared to take the ASE exams and enter the industry as a mid-level automotive technician in dealerships and repair centers.
NISSAN Technician Training Academy (NTTA) prepares you for a career as a factory-trained technician at NISSAN or INFINITI dealerships nationwide. You’ll gain hands-on automotive diagnosis and repair experience, qualifying you to step into one of the estimated additional 6,000 technician jobs NISSAN and INFINITI dealerships expect to offer over the next 5 years. Learn more about the NTTA program.
The Mopar® Career Automotive Program (CAP) program gives you the training and fundamental knowledge needed to work on some of the hottest vehicles in the industry from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT® and Alfa Romeo brands. Mopar CAP certification gives students a competitive edge and shows dealers you have the fundamental qualifications to be a successful automotive technician at an FCA dealership. Learn more about the Mopar® CAP program.
The demand for automotive technicians is high and projected to grow rapidly. With more than 700 dealerships across the state, employment opportunities are available wherever you choose to live. Students can also build on this degree by transferring to East Carolina University and earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology.
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification
Snap-on Wheel Service Certifications
Snap-on Diagnostics Certifications
Snap-on Multimeter Certification
Snap-on Torque Certification
NCDMV Safety & OBD Inspection Licensure
All students are required to purchase a laptop, hand tools, safety glasses, and uniforms. Costs are available by calling an Automotive Systems Technology instructor at (919) 739-6822 or 6951.
Students in the degree program are required to pay $30 for ASE Student Exams.
Employment (ATEP): Mid-level automotive technician
Salary: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, salaries for mid-level positions range from $25,000 to $45,000 a year and an experienced automotive technician with ASE Master Certification and high-tech skills can earn $60,000 to $100,000 a year! It is our goal to teach the technical and communication skills to set you apart from the rest.
Tuition for students taking fewer than 16 semester hours is $76.00 per semester hour for in-state students and $268.00 per semester hour for out-of-state students. Students enrolled for six or more semester hours credit will be charged a $30 student activity fee and a $16 technology fee; those enrolled for less than six semester hours will be charged a $15 student activity fee and an $8 technology fee. No student activity will be charged during the Summer Term.