Norwood Automotive Mechanics School Options
Aspiring auto mechanics in the Norwood area can enroll in a certificate or degree program. This article looks at two schools that are less than 20 miles from the city and the automotive technology programs they offer. It includes a table that lets prospective students quickly get important information about the schools, including tuition, enrollment and student retention rates. There are also a few facts about another school that's a little farther from Norwood.
- Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, approximately 13 miles from downtown Norwood, provides the largest variety of academic levels, offering certificate and associate's programs in automotive technology in addition to a bachelor's program in automotive management.
- Located about 10 miles from downtown, Massachusetts Bay Community College is the closest school to Norwood with automotive training. It offers manufacturer-specific associate's degree programs that train students to work on BMW, Chrysler, Toyota/Lexus or General Motors vehicles. This school also provides four automotive technology certificate programs.
Comparison of Schools
The following table lists facts about these two schools that prospective students need to know. Consideration of this information may help them in making an informed choice about their training.
|Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology||Massachusetts Bay Community College|
|School Type||4-year, primarily associate's; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||609*||4,629*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$17,450*||$5,088 in-state; $10,032 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||98%*||59%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||N/A||56% for full-time students; 46% for part-time students*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate||48% (Students who began in 2011)*||17% (Students who began in 2014)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology offers two degree programs and a certificate program in the automotive technology field. All automotive technology faculty members are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Admission requirements for these programs include the ability to stand for long periods of time and lift 30 pounds.
Certificate of Proficiency in Automotive Technology
This program can be completed in a year and includes eight courses designed to prepare students for entry-level employment. Topics covered include engine performance, automotive electricity and electronics, brake systems and air conditioning.
Associate of Science in Automotive Technology
The curriculum for this program teaches students to diagnose, repair and adjust automotive systems. Topics studied include brake systems, automatic and manual transmissions, hybrid systems and alternative fuels. Students can complete this program in four semesters and have the option of continuing their studies in the automotive management bachelor's program.
Bachelor of Science in Automotive Management
The curriculum in this bachelor's program blends technology, business and management with science, math and humanities. Students learn about advanced engine performance, automotive marketing and appraisal, emissions and personnel management. Admission to this program requires an associate's degree and a minimum grade of 'C' in all social science and humanities courses.
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Massachusetts Bay Community College offers four automotive technology associate's degree programs in conjunction with major automotive manufacturers. The college also offers four automotive technology certificate programs.
Automotive Technology Certificate: Toyota/Lexus
This 47-credit program prepares students for employment as Toyota/Lexus dealership technicians. Students learn about engine diagnosis and repair, automotive electrical fundamentals, brake systems, suspension and steering. Students are required to complete at least 650 hours of cooperative education under a dealer's supervision.
Automotive Technology Technical Service Education Program (TSEP) Certificates
Massachusetts Bay Community College provides TSEP certificate programs in three automotive technology specializations. The undercarriage repair program requires students to complete 19 credits of coursework; the drive systems program requires 24 credits; and the electrical/engine performance/heating, venting, air conditioning (HVAC) program requires 26 credits of coursework. Each of these certificate programs has a cooperative education component, and students get to work at repair facilities to gain hands-on training and experience.
Associate in Science in Automotive Technology - BMW
The BMW automotive technology program provides classroom and lab instruction on the latest BMW products and technology. Students also gain hands-on experience working at a BMW dealership. This program requires 72 credits for graduation and can be completed in five semesters.
Associate in Science in Automotive Technology - Chrysler
This 76-credit program is designed for incoming dealership technicians who need to learn about Chrysler products and technology. Students participate in a cooperative education program by working at a Chrysler dealership.
Associate in Science in Automotive Technology - Toyota/Lexus
This program focuses on Toyota/Lexus products and technologies. Students are trained through classroom study and lab experiences as well as hands-on work experience at a Toyota/Lexus dealership. The required courses can be completed in five semesters.
Associate in Science in Automotive Technology - General Motors
Similar to the other programs, this program trains incoming technicians in the use of GM products and technologies through classroom and lab experiences. Students are also required to work at GM dealerships as part of the training program. The GM program requires students to earn 75 credits, which can be done in five semesters of study.
Other School Options
The New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI, is a bit less than 50 miles from Norwood and offers associate's degrees in automotive technology and high performance automotive technology.