Engine Repair Courses in Mooresville, NC with School Info

Sep 30, 2018

About ten schools in the Mooresville, NC, area have engine repair courses and training programs. To decide which one is a good fit for you, read an overview of the program requirements at three of these colleges located within 50 miles of the city's downtown.

Engine Repair Schools in Mooresville, NC

Students interested in learning engine repair have several choices in schools close to Mooresville, NC. The focus here is on the training programs, coursework and cooperative experience requirements at three institutions. Also included is a table of school stats and a bit of info on a couple of additional college options.

  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is located about 22 miles from downtown Mooresville and offers a short-term certificate program in engine repair and performance. The college also has an automotive systems technology program that can be taken as a diploma or an associate degree program. The curriculum meets National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards. Upon completion of these programs, students are qualified to take National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.
  • Central Piedmont Community College has automotive systems technology diploma and associate degree programs. The automotive technology programs - all NATEF certified - are offered at the Joe Hendrick Center for Automotive Technology, which is located at the Levine campus roughly 44 miles from central Mooresville. The center is not only the site for traditional automotive programs but also the host for BMW and Honda programs.
  • Situated about 27 miles from Mooresville's downtown area, Gaston College offers automotive programs at the certificate, diploma and associate's degree levels. Some of the programs at this school are offered both during the day and in the evening.

Comparison of Schools

Give a glance to the table below to find out more about the three schools, including stats on costs, enrollment figures and graduation rates.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Central Piedmont Community College Gaston College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 5,819* 19,100* 5,172*
Campus Setting Midsize suburb Large city Midsize suburb
Tuition & fees (2017-2018) $2,626 in-state; $8,770 out-of-state * $2,792 in-state; $8,936 out-of-state* $2,704 in-state; $8,848 out-of-state *
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 72%* 60%* 67%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) Open admissions* Open admissions* Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 56% for full-time* 55% for full-time* 69% for full-time*
Graduation Rate (of Students Who Began in 2014) 18% overall * 17% overall* 30% overall*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) offers various education programs through its campuses and learning centers. RCCC's Department of Engineering and Business Technologies offers various programs for individuals interested in learning engine repair. Some automotive programs offer students the option of completing lab courses as alternatives to cooperative education.

Engine Performance and Engine Repair Certificate

This 17-credit program includes lectures and lab courses. Topics covered include engine components and systems, emission control devices, fuel delivery and advancements in engine performance technologies. Students learn to diagnose and repair basic and complex engine problems using correct tools, procedures and testing/diagnostic equipment; students also learn to use service information to assist in diagnosing vehicles.

Automotive Systems Technology Diploma

This 3-semester program requires that students complete 37 credits. The program starts with an automotive technology introductory course that covers basics such as automotive tools, hazardous materials, safety, shop equipment and automotive terminology. Students learn about engine repair and engine performance through classroom and lab work. The focus is on diagnosing, repairing and maintaining internal combustion engines using correct shop equipment and tools.

Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Systems Technology

This 67-credit program takes approximately two years to complete and includes two summer terms. The curriculum includes many of the same lecture/lab courses that are found in the automotive systems technology diploma program. Others courses include conceptual physics, manual transmissions/transaxles/drivetrains, automatic transmissions/transaxles, advanced automotive electricity and alternative fuels. In the second year summer term, students can choose to take an automotive servicing lab course or work for an approved employer as a co-op work experience.

Central Piedmont Community College

Located in Charlotte, NC, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) offers certificate, diploma, continuing education, career development and 2-year degree programs. The Transport Systems Technology division offers engine repair courses as part of the automotive systems technology program. Individuals applying to the automotive technology programs should have high school diplomas or the equivalent.

Automotive Systems Technology Diploma

The diploma program prepares students for careers in automotive repair, giving them a broad range of skills as well as a solid understanding of the automotive service industry. Students learn about electrical/electronic systems, manual drive trains, brakes service, engine repair and engine performance. Upon completion of the 44-credit program, a graduate can take the ASE exam and seek employment in the field.

Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Systems Technology

The 68-credit program provides students with classroom studies and lab experiences. Theory-based courses teach students about steering/suspension, climate control, brake service and operation, automatic transmissions, climate control and manual drive trains. The lab portion of the program gives students the opportunity to practice what they have learned in class. Cooperative education experiences in real work sites provide hands-on training. Students must provide their own hand tools and protective clothing.

Gaston College

Gaston College has three campus locations and offers various curriculum and continuing education programs, as well as online learning programs. The engineering and industrial technologies division offers automotive certificate, diploma and degree programs. Graduates of these programs are prepared to take ASE certification exams.

Automotive Fuel and Electrical Systems Certificate

This 16-credit program includes a curriculum of lectures and lab studies. The curriculum includes a basic and advanced auto electricity course and a 2-part engine performance course. Students entering this program are recommended to have math and reading skills. Credits earned in this program can be applied towards the automotive diploma or associate degree program. Each applicant must have a valid driver's license.

Automotive Engines and Power Trains Certificate

This 13-credit hour program integrates classroom with lab experiences. Students take courses in engine repair, automatic transmissions and manual transmissions/transaxles. It is recommended that applicants be proficient in math and reading. Courses from this program can go towards the diploma or associate degree program. Students must have valid driver's licenses.

Automotive Systems Technology Diploma

This 44-credit program provides students with the skills and knowledge to become automotive service technicians. In addition to courses on engine repair and performance, students complete courses on steering and suspension, electrical/electronic systems, brake operation, climate control and automatic/manual transmissions. This 2-year program includes classroom lectures, lab experiences and a cooperative work experience; program offers day or evening classes. The student must have a valid driver's license to be in this program.

Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Systems Technology

This NATEF-accredited program prepares students to take ASE certification exams and seek employment in automotive service and repair shops. The 2-year program integrates technology with academics, as students learn theory in the classroom and apply it into practice in the labs. Course topics include steering/suspension systems, automotive servicing, safety and emissions, heating and air conditioning, basic and advanced engine performance, professional reporting/research and basic welding. Hands-on training is obtained through cooperative work experiences. Students must complete general education courses to meet the 73-credit requirement for this degree.

Other Schools

Students can also find engine repair courses at Catawba Valley Community College located roughly 32 miles from downtown Mooresville and Davidson County Community College, which is located about 46 miles away. Catawba Valley Community College offers an automotive systems technology programs and Davidson County Community College offers diesel and heavy equipment technology programs.

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