PLEASE READ: The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Great Bay’s ability to offer courses in this program during the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters at the Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center in Rochester, NH. Because of these delays and the need to finish up the current cohort of students in the program, we are not able to accept new students with no prior automotive experience into the program for the Fall 2020 semester like we normally would. The next opportunity to enter the program for students without prior automotive experience will be for the Fall 2021 semester. There are some Fall 2020 seats available for students who qualify for credit for prior learning to enter the second semester’s classes (AUTO 120G and 130G). If you have prior automotive industry work experience, automotive college coursework, or high school experience in an automotive Career Technical Education program, you might qualify for advanced placement via credit for prior learning.

To learn more about credit for prior learning for the Automotive Technology program, contact Admissions by email at or call 603-427-7632.


The goal of this program is to provide students with the skills and knowledge required for entry-level technicians performing inspection, diagnostics, maintenance and repair on automobiles and light trucks. Students will use investigative skills as they learn to locate problems, use a variety of power tools as well as hand tools and diagnostic tools as they work on parts, and work with technical reference materials. Applied math and computer skills are incorporated throughout the curriculum. Students will prepare for Student Certification ASE exams in some areas and entry level employment in the field. This program will be offered evenings at the Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center in Rochester NH, and can be completed in three semesters.

Why Great Bay?

  • Classes start in the fall and successful students area career-ready in the summer.
  • Classes are conveniently held three evenings per week.
  • The Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center in Rochester, New Hampshire completed a total renovation in 2019.
  • Applicants may qualify for advanced placement through a Credit for Prior Learning / Experiential Learning Assessment.

Potential Jobs

  • Certified Technician
  • Line Technician
  • Performance Tuner
  • Import Technician
  • Parts Manager
  • Service Manager

Fall Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
AUTO140GBraking Systems244
AUTO150GSuspension and Steering264
Total Credits8

Spring Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
AUTO110GAutomotive Maintenance and Light Repair244
AUTO125GAutomotive Electronics I334
Total Credits8

Summer Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
AUTO120GAutomotive Engines (Mechanical)264
AUTO130GAutomotive Electronics II244
Total Credits8
Total Overall Credits : 24

Admission Requirements

  • Complete an application for the program.
  • Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent.
  • Provide an official copy of prior college transcripts, if appropriate.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Health and Safety Considerations

This program includes work in an automotive lab where potentially hazardous equipment and materials are used. Students will be taught industry standards for safety and will be expected to follow all safety procedures. Personal protective equipment must be worn. Students will provide their own safety glasses, and boots or shoes.

Technical Requirements

This program includes work in an automotive lab and requires participants to physically perform functions that require the following:

  • Normal vision for reading instructions and for performing tasks, including inspecting parts for quality (corrective vision is acceptable).
  • Mobility and strength for performing tasks that require reaching, walking, standing, and safely lifting up to 20 lbs.
  • Ability to hear sounds of equipment, for equipment operation and safety.  

Required Tool List

Anticipated Cost: $1,800 to $2,400

Tools are to be provided by the student and are not included in tuition or fees. Your instructor will discuss student-only discounts available from various vendors. Tools and tool storage are required no later than the 3rd week of class. Required tools list is subject to change.

  • Combination wrench set (8mm – 24mm)
  • Torque wrench (3/8 drive beam type)
  • Torque wrench (1/2” drive 250FT lb.)
  • Wrench (8” adjustable)
  • Pliers (slip joint)
  • Pliers (needle nose)
  • Pliers (locking, vise grip)
  • Pliers (diagonal cutters)
  • Pliers (10” channel lock)
  • Hammer (soft face)
  • Hammer ball peen (large)
  • Hammer ball peen (small)
  • Hammer Dead blow
Test Equipment
  • Test light (12 volt)
  • Fluke auto-ranging meter (88-V Required)
  • Electrical test leads
  • T-P ins
  • Thermometer
Ratchets and Sockets
  • 1/2” drive sockets (6 point) 10-24mm
  • 1/2” drive (6”-10”) extension
  • 1/2” deep impact sockets 10-27mm
  • 1/2” drive to 3/8” adapter
  • 1/2” drive universal impact
  • 1/2” drive ratchet
  • 3/8” drive sockets (6 point) 7-19mm
  • 3/8” drive 3”, 6” & 12” extensions
  • 3/8” drive to 1/4” adapter
  • 3/8” drive universal impact
  • 3/8” ratchet
  • 1/4” drive socket set with ratchet & extensions
  • Hex Key sockets 1.5mm – 10mm
  • Torx bit sockets (male & female) T8-60
  • Spark plug sockets (9/16”, 5/8” & 13/16”)
  • 12 pt axle nut sockets


  • Screwdriver set (common)
  • Screwdriver set (Phillips)
  • Lockable seven-drawer bench tool box
  • Scraper (razor blade)
  • Feeler gauges (metric)
  • Steel rule (6”)
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Tire valve core remover
  • Safety glasses
  • 1/2” drive pneumatic impact wrench with fitting
  • Pry-bar
  • Fender cover
  • Air chuck with “Tru-flate” fitting
  • Tape measure (standard/metric)
  • Telescoping magnet
  • LED work/drop light
  • Hearing protection
  • Work uniforms
  • Netbook/laptop computer with software
  • 4GB flash drive

Program Outcomes

The goal of the Automotive Technician program is to prepare the student to work in the increasingly sophisticated and complex field of automotive technology through a combination of classroom instruction and hands on skill development. Technicians must be able to work with electronic diagnostic equipment, read and understand technical manuals, investigate to find the cause of a problem, and connect effectively with the customer. They use a variety of tools, including both manual and high tech equipment to perform repairs.

After successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge required for passing the Student Certification ASE exams, including inspection, diagnostics, maintenance and repair of vehicles;
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate use and care of tools and equipment in the automotive lab;
  • Diagnose, repair and document automotive systems including electrical, brakes,  engines, suspensions, and steering;
  • Inspect a vehicle, use a diagnostic approach to determine cause of operating problems, and decide action to take;  Complete a NH State Vehicle Inspection;
  • Compare and contrast alternate actions to determine whether to repair or replace a part;
  • Use appropriate software for information retrieval,  analysis,  and reporting;
  • Communicate effectively with coworkers and customers

Transfer Credit Policy

Students may transfer to either LRCC or MCC to complete an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology where advanced automotive technology courses are offered.

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24 Credits Required


Contact an Admissions Representative at (603) 427-7600 ex 7500 or