Get Your Career in Gear at Mercer County Community College

The MCCC Automotive Technology Degree Program introduces students to current automotive systems and related diagnostic and service techniques. Students learn about current automotive technology and its use in late-model production vehicles. In addition, students develop and learn professionalism while fulfilling internship requirements at their sponsoring repair facility. Awarding graduates an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, the program offers students a choice of three paths of study:

  • The college first collaborated with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in 1986 to offer the Mopar Career Automotive Program (MCAP), and the partnership has flourished ever since. Students who choose MCAP will complete factory training specific to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and secure a position at a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, or Fiat dealership as an apprentice technician during a series of paid internships. The Mopar CAP program at Mercer is MAST certified by ASE. For more information about ASE certification of automotive education programs, visit
  • The Subaru University program, sponsored by Subaru of America, continues to grow since its inception in 2014. Students who choose Subaru University complete Subaru of America’s factory training and secure a position at a Subaru dealership as an apprentice technician during a series of paid internships.
  • Students who choose the Comprehensive Automotive Program learn theory, operation, diagnosis, and service of systems not specific to any particular vehicle or manufacturer. Comprehensive students complete paid internships at an approved independent, franchise, or new-car dealership repair facility.

Graduates from the MCCC Automotive program generally move into full-time employment at their sponsoring internship location. Although this is not a requirement, it creates a smoother transition into full-time employment for the graduate. Employers are thrilled to keep students full-time after graduation!

Why Mercer?

Mercer offers an affordable way for students to obtain an in-depth education in automotive technology, and affords the students small class sizes led by experienced, factory-trained professors. The Automotive Technology Program and its affiliations with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Subaru of America bring the most up-to-date transportation technology. The program is continuously updating its training vehicles, tools, diagnostic equipment, and technical training to mirror industry trends.

Students benefit from the college’s long-term commitment to student learning and the program’s relationships within the local automotive industry. Mercer’s relationships with over 40 local repair shops and new car dealerships offer qualified students a nearly guaranteed path to employment.

Local employers value Mercer students so much that many employers now look to attract new interns with tool purchase incentives and tuition assistance.

A Degree, NOT a Certificate!

There are many reasons to join Mercer’s automotive program. First, a successful candidate will graduate with an Associate in Applied Science degree. Many other schools award their students a certificate of completion. Someone that holds a certificate of completion may find it very difficult to advance their career if they choose to move into another area of study or even into a higher position within the automotive industry.

Additionally, the financial cost of the certificate of completion programs from well-known for-profit trade schools is on the rise. These certificate programs often cost tens of thousands more than the cost of Mercer’s college degree program.

Certificates earned from many for-profit trade schools are not transferable. This means that credits earned at these schools cannot count towards programs at colleges and universities. Mercer students will not have this problem, as Mercer County Community College is an accredited educational institution. Mercer credits are transferable.

Since Mercer awards its automotive graduates an associate in applied science degree at an affordable price, the right choice is obvious.


The required internships allow the students to work and earn money while they learn the trade. This invaluable work experience allows the students to gain an insider’s view into the daily operations of a dealership or repair facility, as well as interact with customers, experienced service technicians, and vehicle manufacturers. The greatest benefit from the internships is the experience students accumulate while working on customer vehicles with real problems. This is undoubtedly a beneficial situation for everyone involved, and by far the best way for an aspiring technician to start on the right path to a rewarding career.

Classroom learning paired with hands-on exposure in a live repair facility has proven itself the best way to transform a college student into a well-trained, employable technician with a strong work ethic.

In a new partnership, Haldeman Automotive Group provides the enhanced benefits of tool purchase and tuition assistance programs. Qualifying students can complete their required internships at any one of four Haldeman locations: Haldeman Lexus of Princeton, Haldeman Subaru, and either of the two Haldeman Ford dealerships.


While many graduates remain working as service technicians their whole career, a large number of graduates have moved into other positions within the automotive field.

Some advancement opportunities include shop supervisor, assistant service manager, service manager, service director, shop owner, secondary and post-secondary automotive educator, and various positions within a vehicle manufacturer or aftermarket company.

Ultimately, your destiny is in your own hands. Mercer welcomes the opportunity to tell you more about what the school offers. At Mercer County Community College, successful technicians are born here!

We thank you for taking an interest in the Automotive degree offerings at Mercer. For more program information, or to schedule a tour of the school’s automotive facility, contact us at any time. We look forward to speaking with you!

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