NPC's program utilizes a state-of-the-art “classroom/shop” facility in Show Low. If you enjoy working on engines, have strong mechanical and problem-solving skills, NPC's Automotive Technology program can open the door to an exciting career. You will find one-on-one instructor guidance and hands-on live training with actual vehicles, as well as self-guided computer coursework. Program instruction is based on the industry competency requirements of two national agencies:
- National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
- National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (ASE Industry Education Alliance)
All repairs and tasks follow ASE guidelines preparing students for national ASE certification in eight areas of repair. Courses are geared to both those who want a career in the automotive repair industry AND those who already work in the field and want to upgrade specific skills. You'll leave the program trained and ready for employment!
- For more information about this program, please contact an NPC Academic Adviser. Also see the current NPC College Catalog and class schedule.
Read our story about Automotive Technology in NPC's Career Focus magazine.
Labs and Classrooms
Automotive Technology is only offered at the NPC facility in the Show Low Industrial Park, 1400 N. Lumberman's Loop.
Supplies / Tools
Most tools and supplies are furnished, as part of the course fee.
Most automotive service technicians and mechanics work in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops. Although technicians often identify and fix automotive problems with computers, they commonly work with greasy parts and tools, sometimes in uncomfortable positions.
There will be steady employment in the auto services industry due to the need for maintenance and repairs as car owners keep vehicles longer than in the past. Added to this is the need to replace retiring mechanics, rapidly changing hybrid-fuel technologies as well as mandates for improved vehicle performance. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics will grow 5 percent into 2024.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual salary for certified mechanics in May 2019 was $37,560 (northern Arizona non-metropolitan area) with higher pay for specialized service technicians working for auto dealerships. SOC 49-3023
Potential Job Titles
Automotive service technician, mechanic, parts manager, diesel or heavy equipment mechanic
NPC's Automotive Technology program is accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (ASE Industry Education Alliance).
The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." See the Letter from the U.S. Department of Education (PDF).