The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
Students looking for the finest automotive technician training
in Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio can
find it all right here at CCAC, which has earned an "excellent"
rating from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in its
Safety Inspection Academic Audit. The coordinator of the Bureau of
Motor Vehicles, Inspections Division, thanked CCAC for "maintaining
such high quality standards" and stated the college is "a fine
example of an institution that PennDOT is proud to partner with to
provide training and certification in safety inspection."
As part of our comprehensive automotive program you can be
trained broadly across vehicle manufacturers or you can choose to
specialize in one of our three domestic manufacturer programs in
conjunction with either General Motors, Ford or Chrysler. Either
way, the technician education is superb as it will prepare you for
a great career as an automotive dealer technician, fleet mechanic,
or independent repair shop tech.
In response to a changing world, CCAC offers students the option
of enrolling in the newest technologies related to green
initiatives such as hybrid technology and alternative fuels like
natural gas and propane. By taking courses such as ATE-155
Introduction to Hybrid Vehicles, students will learn about high
voltage safety and safe working habits when performing service or
maintenance to hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius and the Ford
Fusion Hybrid. They can then move onto other alternative fuel
courses such as the natural gas tank inspection course. CCAC
currently has five alternative fuel vehicles in our fleet as well
as a natural gas charging station and fast charger for electric
cars. This are ideal courses for new automotive technicians
or those with experience already in the field.
CCAC's automotive certificate program can be completed in 18
months or less while the associate degree programs can be completed
in less than 2 years of full-time study. In addition to the
certificate or diploma students in our programs will obtain two
certifications: Emissions Inspector Certification and State
Inspection Certification. They are also prepared to complete the
industry recognized ASE certification tests through CCAC.
Students learn the latest developments in engine repair,
automotive body electrical systems, engine control systems, brakes,
suspension systems, automatic and manual transmissions, fuel
systems and emission control systems. In addition to the technical
curriculum the associate's degree program offers courses that
enhance future opportunities for career advancement and management
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau
of Labor Statistics, job growth for certified workers in
the automotive technology field for the next 10 years is
expected to keep pace with the national average, with
growth promising to be as high as 17% in some areas.
Additionally, the number of job openings is expected to
outstrip the number of available workers, increasing the
number of job opportunities
Earn Factory-training Certification
Because ASSET/ASEP/CAP program graduates also earn specific factory training certification, graduates are highly sought after for employment at dealerships which are required to employ factory-trained technicians. According to the US
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
employment opportunities for automotive technicians are
expected to increase by 5% in the coming years, with jobs
outnumbering the available number of skilled workers.