Automotive Systems Technology

Turn Your Passion Into a Lucrative Career as an Auto Technician

Are you good with your hands, mechanically inclined, and like to solve problems?

Pitt Community College offers an in-depth Automotive Systems Technology associate degree as well as multiple auto-related diplomas and advanced certificates to train as an auto service technician.

PCC’s automotive service technician program curriculum integrates classroom, lab, and hands-on experiences to prepare you to pursue automotive technician jobs. Our program emphasizes theory, service, and the operation of everything from brakes to engine performance.

You’ll graduate with the necessary knowledge to diagnose and repair every system in cars and trucks, including electronics, steering/suspension, transmission/transaxles, manual drivetrains, and climate control. You’ll also be ready to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exam.

If you choose to continue on to earn your Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, PCC’s auto technician associate degree is fully transferrable to East Carolina University.

As the automotive industry continues to evolve, auto service technicians will be instrumental in keeping us moving.

Multiple pathways to becoming an auto technician

In addition to the automotive technician associate degree, PCC offers auto tech diplomas and certificates:

Why Choose Pitt Community College to Earn Your Automobile Service Technician Degree?

Accreditation — All of Pitt’s auto technician programs are accredited by the ASE Education Foundation. In addition, our programs are certified by the National Coalition of Certification Centers, and have multiple certifications through Snap-on and Starrett tools.

Small class sizes — PCC’s automotive service technician program is capped at 18 students your first year and 15 your second, which means plenty of one-on-one time with instructors.

Highly skilled faculty — The faculty of our program has decades of experience in the auto repair industry with diverse manufacturers. As an automotive service technician student, you’ll be assigned an advisor who will provide guidance throughout your time at PCC.

Experiential learning — We keep a project vehicle in progress on campus. You’ll have hands-on experience of building — and rebuilding — automotive systems to coincide with your coursework.

State-of-the-art facility — Simulated and live vehicle repairs are completed using technologically advanced equipment such as Snap-on equipment and scan tools, Starrett measurement equipment, ProCut on- and off-car brake lathes, and ATech electrical trainers.

Value and affordability — To help save you money, our auto technician program uses just one textbook for all your automotive classes. We also have an affordable student tool purchasing program with Snap-on tools.

Scholarships — Scholarships are available exclusively for second-year automotive service technician degree students. You are also eligible for general scholarships available to all PCC students. In addition, we have a National Technical Honor Society chapter on campus.

Automotive Technician Job Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts growth for automotive technician jobs through 2031 will increase in pace compared to overall job growth. Salary.com reports $46,780 as the average annual salary for an automotive technician in North Carolina.

From electric and hybrid cars to diesel trucks, our methods of transportation are becoming more sophisticated. Employers need to fill automotive technician jobs with candidates who have completed a comprehensive systems technology program.

Automotive technician jobs are available at automotive dealerships, repair shops, parts suppliers, and fleet service shops. With experience, you may also consider freelance opportunities or independent shop ownership.

Ready to Combine Hands-on Mechanics with Technology?

Introduction to Transportation Technology
Brake Systems
Suspension and Steering Systems
Transportation Electronics
Advanced Automotive Electricity
PC Skills for Transportation
Intro to Sustainable Transportation
Transportation Climate Control
Advanced Transportation Electronics
Engine Repair
Manual Transmissions/Transaxles
Engine Performance
Advanced Engine Performance
Safety and Emissions
Light-Duty Diesel Fuel Systems
Light-Duty Diesel Air, Exhaust, and Emissions

In PCC’s Automotive Systems Technology program, you’ll understand workplace safety, proper tool identification and usage, automotive repair information resources, and basic computer skills.


You’ll be able to diagnose and repair mechanical, electrical, electronic and computer-controlled transportation systems, including:

  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Climate control
  • Engines
  • Transmissions
  • Powertrain management systems
  • Light-duty diesel systems

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