Union, NJ, Automotive Technology Schools
Students interested in studying automotive technology in the Union area have several nearby options. This article looks at three schools with 35 minutes of downtown Union and examines the certificate and degree programs they offer. Prospective students can refer to a table of important facts about the schools, such as tuition, enrollment, acceptance rates and graduation rates. This table is presented in a format that makes it easy to compare the schools. There's also a listing of other Union-area schools with relevant programs that are worth considering.
- Middlesex County College in Edison, about 16 miles from downtown Union, is the largest of the schools offering automotive technology programs. It offers an associate's degree in the field.
- About 28 miles from the heart of Union, Bronx Community College is in New York City and offers a certificate program and an associate's degree program in automotive technology.
- Raritan Valley Community College is 29 miles from downtown Union in Branchburg, NJ, and has an automotive technology certificate program and an associate's degree program.
Comparison of Schools
This table presents information about the schools that students need to know when choosing a program.
|Middlesex County College||Bronx Community College||Raritan Valley Community College|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Two-year; public||Two-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||11,381*||10,935*||8,079*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city||Rural fringe|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$3,468 in-district; $6,936 in-state; $6,936 out-of-state*||$5,206 in-state; $8,086 out-of-state*||$4,416 in-district; $5,376 in-state; $5,376 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||53% *||89%*||45%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||70% for full-time students; 53% for part-time students*||59% for full-time students; 40% for part-time students*||73% for full-time students; 51% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2014)||18%*||16%*||26%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
Middlesex County College
Middlesex County College is about 16 miles from Union, NJ. This automotive technology program requires enrollees to complete two paid work courses that each last 15 weeks.
Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology
The National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) certifies this two-year program, which is offered in conjunction with the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools. Students must complete some liberal arts courses, such as physics, algebra, computer science and English composition, in addition to the automotive technology and work experience core. Students can expect to participate in lectures and auto-shop labs covering brake and alignment systems, electrical and emission systems, standard transmission and drivetrain basics and advanced engine repair.
Bronx Community College
Located in New York City, Bronx Community College has two NATEF-certified automotive technology programs.
Automotive Technician Certificate
This one-year program equips students with skills necessary for entry-level positions as auto mechanics. The curriculum covers brake and electrical systems, engine repair and performance, automotive technology and manual drive trains. Students can also take specialization courses in steering and suspension, heating and air conditioning, alternate fuel technology and automatic transmission. Those who complete the program are encouraged to continue their studies and obtain an associate's degree.
Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology
This two-year program can prepare students for a variety of automotive-related jobs, including auto mechanics, test technicians, auto equipment salespersons, engine specialists or service writers. Automotive technology lectures and labs in the associate's degree program are the same as those offered in the certificate program; however, liberal arts and core education courses are also included. Some of the additional courses students can expect to take include trigonometry and physics, art or music, general chemistry and computer applications.
Raritan Valley Community College
Raritan Valley Community College is located in Branchburg and offers a certificate program in automotive technology.
Certificate in Automotive Technology
This one-year certificate program in automotive technology is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce. Some requirements for the program might include being able to lift heavy equipment, possessing a valid driver's license and being able to stand for long periods of time and work in hot or cold conditions. Courses in this program include transmissions and drive lines for entry techs, automotive electrical service, steering/suspension and brakes, fuel system maintenance, HVAC system maintenance and cooling systems maintenance.
Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology
This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions at car dealerships and other automotive repair shops. Coursework may include automotive safety, brake and electrical systems, transmissions, engine diagnostics and steering. This 66- to 67-credit program can be completed in two years.
Other School Options
In addition to the above schools, students interested in studying automotive technology may also want to consider the New Community Workforce Development Center in Newark. Union County College also offers an associate's degree program in automotive technology.