Alternating sessions and internships at a local Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealership provide theory in practice that qualify graduates for gainful employment as service technicians.
The Automotive Technology program is a cooperative agreement between Rowan College, the Gloucester County Institute of Technology and the Ford Motor Company. The associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree is a full-time, two-year program composed of five 20-week semesters. Alternating 10-week sessions of classroom/laboratory instruction and internship at a local Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealership provide theory and practice, in addition to hands-on experience, that qualify graduates for gainful employment as service technicians.
Students who have completed the program will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:
- Safely and competently work in an automotive repair facility
- Understand all eight National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence areas of automotive technology, regardless of manufacturer. These include electrical, brakes, steering, power-train controls, automatic transmissions and others
- Diagnose and fix all major automotive systems
- Demonstrate social skills and a high level of professionalism
Students who successfully complete this program will qualify for employment as:
- Service technicians
- Parts managers
- Service writers
Students may find where U.S. News & World Report rates automotive technology careers in U.S. News' 100 Best Jobs.
Students may visit Career Services to discuss career options.
RCGC classes are available online and onsite.
Students enrolled in the program will benefit from:
- A schedule that will provide for completion within two years
- Comprehensive support service
Students may download the program requirements to view a semester-by-semester breakdown of the required classes and electives for this program.
The Course Registration site can be used to Find a Course as well as view dates and deadlines.
Through the College’s new premier partnership with Rowan University and other college partnership programs, students are admitted concurrently to Rowan College and one of its partnering universities — immediately beginning their studies toward an advanced degree. .
In addition, the College also maintains 75 program articulation agreements with four-year institutions. After successfully completing an associate degree, students have the option to transfer to the university of their choice.
Some of students in this program have transferred to the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Students may visit the Career and Planning (CAP) Center to discuss transfer options.
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