Auto Mechanic Schools in Nebraska with Degree Program Summaries

Nebraska has six colleges that offer auto mechanic programs. Learn about the programs, tuition info, and program options for these schools to make an informed education decision.

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In Nebraska, students can find automotive technology programs offered at the certificate, diploma, and associate degree levels. Some programs focus on a particular type of repair, such as suspension and alignment, transmission, electrical or brakes, or a particular brand, such as Ford. Others are general automotive technology programs. Graduates of these programs can pursue certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Read on to learn about the various community colleges in Nebraska for auto mechanic training.


Central Community College

Students at Central Community College can pursue several programs at the Grand Island or Hastings campuses that prepare them to work as a mechanic. Students enrolled in the automotive technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program are required to complete 65 credits and take courses in wheel alignment, fuel systems, brakes, engine performance, automotive transmissions, and electronics. The college also offers a 12-credit certificate program in automotive technology, as well as automotive technology certificates in engine performance and brakes/steering/suspension.

A 32-credit Ford maintenance and light repair diploma program ensures that students understand how to diagnose and repair Ford vehicles. Students can also earn an engine repair certificate.

  • Programs Offered: Automotive Technology Certificate,
    Automotive Technology Diploma,
    Ford Maintenance and Light Repair Diploma,
    AAS in Automotive Technology
  • Tuition & Fees : $2,640 in-state,
    $3,840 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; small city

Metropolitan Community College

Metropolitan Community College is based in Omaha and offers automotive technology programs at the certificate, diploma, and associate degree levels. The basic automotive service certificate program is 36 credits; students can also pursue diplomas in automotive electronics, automotive transmissions and transaxles, and automotive brakes and suspension. The diploma programs range from 24-30 credits.

The automotive technology associate degree program is 110 credits in length and features 83 credits in the major. Students in the program learn about automotive electronics, climate control systems, engine mechanical service, driveability, and welding. The program also includes a work experience requirement.

  • Programs Offered: Basic Automotive Service Certificate,
    Automotive Electronics Diploma,
    Automotive Transmissions and Transaxles Diploma,
    Automotive Brakes and Suspension Diploma,
    AAS in Automotive Technology
  • Tuition & Fees : $2,520 in-state,
    $3,668 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

Mid-Plains Community College

Based in North Platte, Mid-Plains Community College offers five certificates, a diploma and an associate degree in automotive technology. The certificates are available in automotive technology, basic engine and electrical repair, transmission and drive line, suspension and alignment, and tune-up.

The automotive technology diploma program is 44 credits, and the associate degree program requires 70 credits. Courses cover topics in brake systems, climate control, wheel alignment, parts management, fuel systems, engine performance, and auto service management.

  • Programs Offered: Automotive Technology Certificate,
    Basic Engine and Electrical Repair Certificate,
    Transmission and Driveline Certificate,
    Suspension and Alignment Certificate,
    Tune-up Certificate,
    Automotive Technology Diploma,
    AAS in Automotive Technology
  • Tuition & Fees : $2,760 in-state,
    $3,450 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; remote town

Northeast Community College

Northeast Community College is located in Norfolk and offers a 43-credit diploma program and a 65-credit associate degree program in automotive technology. Both programs require that students complete courses, labs, and an internship. Common coursework includes electrical systems, electrical tune-up, and automotive electronics.

  • Programs Offered: Automotive Technology Diploma,
    AAS in Automotive Technology
  • Tuition & Fees : $2,910 in-state,
    $3,855 out-of-state (2013-2014)**
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; remote town

Southeast Community College

Based in Lincoln, Southeast Community College offers an associate degree in automotive technology that can be completed in 18 months. Students take courses in shop procedures and safety, automotive fuel and electricity, brakes, and ignition systems. Other course topics include HVAC electronics, engine performance, and steering and suspension.

  • Program Offered: AAS in Automotive Technology
  • Tuition & Fees : $2,486 in-state,
    $3,049 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

Western Nebraska Community College

Western Nebraska Community College is located in Scottsbluff and has four automotive technology programs. Students can earn a Professional Skills Award through a 6- to 12-credit program. Other programs include a 29-credit certificate, a 47-credit diploma, and a 67-credit associate degree program. Common courses cover topics in engine rebuilding, electrical and brake systems, fuel systems, and welding.

  • Programs Offered: Automotive Technology Professional Skills Award,
    Automotive Technology Certificate, Automotive Technology Diploma,
    Associate of Occupational Studies in Automotive Technology
  • Tuition & Fees : $2,316 in-state,
    $2,652 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; remote town

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Auto Mechanic Programs Tuition and Fees
Central Community College 2-year, public; small city Automotive Technology Certificate,
Automotive Technology Diploma,
Ford Maintenance and Light Repair Diploma,
AAS in Automotive Technology
$2,640 in-state,
$3,840 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
Metropolitan Community College 2-year, public; large city Basic Automotive Service Certificate,
Automotive Electronics Diploma,
Automotive Transmissions and Transaxles Diploma,
Automotive Brakes and Suspension Diploma,
AAS in Automotive Technology
$2,520 in-state,
$3,668 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
Mid-Plains Community College 2-year, public; remote town Automotive Technology Certificate,
Basic Engine and Electrical Repair Certificate,
Transmission and Driveline Certificate,
Suspension and Alignment Certificate,
Tune-up Certificate,
Automotive Technology Diploma,
AAS in Automotive Technology
$2,760 in-state,
$3,450 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
Northeast Community College 2-year, public; remote town Automotive Technology Diploma,
AAS in Automotive Technology
$2,910 in-state,
$3,855 out-of-state (2013-2014)**
Southeast Community College 2-year, public; large city AAS in Automotive Technology $2,486 in-state,
$3,049 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
Western Nebraska Community College 2-year, public; remote town Automotive Technology Professional Skills Award,
Automotive Technology Certificate, Automotive Technology Diploma,
Associate of Occupational Studies in Automotive Technology
$2,316 in-state,
$2,652 out-of-state (2012-2013)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Northeast Community College.

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