May 19, 2024  
NIACC Catalog 2024-2025 
NIACC Catalog 2024-2025

Automotive Service Technology Diploma

Automotive Service Technology is a three semester Diploma program. The program is ASE/NATEF Master Certified. All eight instructional areas meet industry and educational standards as identified by Automotive Service Excellence and evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation:

  • Engine Repair
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Engine Performance


Career Opportunities

Technicians are employed at automotive dealerships and independent service/repair facilities as general (line) technicians or as specialty technicians.

Gainful Employment

Upon successful completion of the Automotive Service Technology curriculum with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded a Diploma. Developmental courses are not used in calculating the cumulative grade point average for graduation.

Entrance Advising:

Due to the highly technical nature of the Automotive programs and NIACC’s commitment to giving students the best possible opportunity for success, students will be scheduled for advisement sessions with counselors and program personnel. In these sessions, the student’s career plans, previous background, transcriptions, test scores, life experiences, and motivation will aid in designing a positive educational experience.

Automotive Program Goal

Prepare individuals for employment in the automotive service industry by:

  • Maintaining an environment that is conducive to learning.
  • Offering curriculum that reflects current industry requirements.
  • Delivering classroom instruction that encourages analytical thinking.
  • Providing laboratory experience that utilizes technical and problem-solving skills.
  • Promoting workmanship that meets or exceeds industry standards.


There is a comprehensive list of essential Automotive Tool Sets  required to thrive in the Automotive program at NIACC. These tools have been meticulously curated to ensure students have everything they need to excel in their academic journey and beyond. From foundational resources to advanced materials, this list encompasses the necessities for success in every facet of the program. 

Tools are sold in complete sets from the NIACC BookZone. There is no sale of a partial set. 

The sale of student tools is deemed final, meaning all purchases are considered non-refundable.

Tools are available to purchase from the NIACC BookZone beginning August 1st. 

The NIACC BookZone accepts cash, check and credit card for tools. Students also have the option of applying Financial Aid to help cover the cost of tools. Contact the Financial Aid office (888)-466-4222 Ext 4168 or to discuss your options with a Financial Aid representative.

Required Courses/Suggested Schedule