Automotive Technology


Housed in a modern facility with a fully-equipped shop the Automotive Technology Program emphasizes safety, and employability. This program provides the theoretical foundation, practical education, and work experience in the troubleshooting, testing, service, and repair of modern automobiles. The program is accredited as Master Automobile training program by the National Automobile Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) a division of the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) in all eight areas of Automotive Service Technology, which ensures students that the course content is pertinent to the needs of the industry, and aligned to national standards.

Two faculty members with extensive experience in the automobile service industry are responsible for instruction in the program. Rick Thomas, a graduate of the program with over thirty eight years of experience in the industry, chairs the department.  Rick holds a Master Degree in Education, is an Evaluation Team Leader for NATEF, a former Chrysler Master technician, is ASE certified as a  Master Automotive Technician, with additional certification in L1, Advanced Engine Performance.

Jonathan Kill has over eighteen years of experience in the automotive field. Jonathan is a graduate of the GM Automotive Service Excellence Program in Laconia, NH, (ASEP). Since his graduation he has been employed by the Quirk family of dealerships as a technician, shop foreman, and superintendent of facilities.  Jonathan is a General Motors Gold level technician, and is ASE certified as a Master Automotive Technician, with additional certification in L1, Advanced Engine Performance.

Recent graduates of the program are employed as automotive services technicians, sales personnel, service managers, maintenance supervisors, service writers, warranty claims adjusters, and parts personnel.

A valid driver’s license is required in order to complete all graduation requirements. Failure to furnish a valid license may have an impact on employability in the field. Questions concerning this requirement should be directed to Richard Thomas, Department Chair, at or 207-974-4805.

EMCC does not currently conduct criminal background screening for applicants to Automotive Technology; however, individuals who have engaged in certain criminal activity could be denied access to gainful employment in their intended field.  Additionally, licensing boards for certain professions may deny the individual the opportunity to sit for an examination if they have been convicted of certain crimes.  Individuals who have engaged in any activity which may be considered abuse, neglect or exploitation of a minor or of an incapacitated or dependent adult, or who have been convicted of any crime involving fraud or dishonesty, or drugs, or for which imprisonment of on year or more has been imposed are urged to seek clarification from the Director of Admissions prior to an application submission.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Learning Objectives

Graduates with the Associate in Applied Science Degree will function at an entry-level position for servicing, diagnosing, repairing, and creating work orders in the following areas:

  • Car and light truck hydraulic and anti-lock braking systems
  • Standard/automatic transmissions and final drives
  • Gas and light-duty diesel engines
  • Gas fuel systems (electronic and mechanical fuel injection systems)
  • Suspension systems
  • Electrical and electronic systems
  • Emissions control systems
  • Heating and air conditioning systems

Graduates will demonstrate proper public relations and customer service techniques for a fleet or dealer service facility. Graduates will demonstrate understanding and application of legal requirements including those of OSHA, EPA, and State of Maine regulations regarding the handling and disposal of hazardous materials and related safety issues.


Algebra I required