While the desire for public transportation may be making a comeback, we live in a culture that loves cars. If you are interested in the future of the automobile or the automotive industry, a degree in automotive technology may be your thing. There are both associate and bachelor's degrees available in automotive technology, though the programs may focus on different aspects of technology.
A degree in automotive engineering technology is generally a four-year program that focuses on the engineering skills needed in the career field. Students will study mechanical testing and automotive engineering processes. Transportation is constantly being redefined, and from electric to self-driving cars, a degree in automotive technology could lead to careers in innovative technologies. This degree may not be found at many schools, but there are several programs out there. These degrees may also offer or even require internships with large automotive companies, and the universities will most likely have on campus shops for hands-on learning.
Tidewater Community College offers 3 Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 194 Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician students graduated with students earning 162 Certificates, and 32 Associate's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Advanced Technology Institute Virginia Beach, VA||22 : 1||504|
|Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA||66 : 1||19,064|
|J Sargeant Reynolds Community College Richmond, VA||75 : 1||8,711|
|Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA||81 : 1||51,822|
|Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton, VA||67 : 1||7,314|
|Tidewater Tech-Trades Norfolk, VA||420|
|Blue Ridge Community College Weyers Cave, VA||58 : 1||3,834|
|Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, VA||60 : 1||3,219|
|New River Community College Dublin, VA||90 : 1||4,332|
|Danville Community College Danville, VA||61 : 1||2,813|
|Patrick Henry Community College Martinsville, VA||50 : 1||2,238|
|Germanna Community College Locust Grove, VA||79 : 1||7,225|
|Virginia Western Community College Roanoke, VA||82 : 1||6,303|
|Southwest Virginia Community College Cedar Bluff, VA||60 : 1||2,338|
|Virginia Highlands Community College Abingdon, VA||49 : 1||2,286|