Nashville Auto Diesel College (NADC) Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (25)
I have to say that the things I learned at NADC have benefited me greatly for the last 45 years. From working as a mechanic at a farm implement dealership to, a construction mechanic in the Navy Seabees, a mechanic in auto dealerships, working as a mechanic for a mission organization in Central Asia, to now a maintenance superintendent at a local municipality I have utilized the principles I learned from the great instructors.
Since I graduated from NADC 51 years ago (1964) this won't help the students today. I must say the school has grown so very big compared to when I went there. When I went there were a total of 4 small buildings one of which served as a dorm cafeteria and a few automotive classrooms upstairs, one was administration with an automotive classroom in the basement, one was the welding shop with a classroom above, collision repair was a building facing Gallatin Rd. and finally the diesel repair shop/classes were near the main part of town quite a ways from the main campus. Looking at the pictures of the school today it is amazing how large it is compared to my days. Yes I know I am old but I thoroughly enjoyed my education there and the instructors were great. Anyway, as the old saying goes " you will only get out of it what you put in to it. So study hard pick the instructors brains and learn all you can and don't expect that upon graduation that you will be running some company just because you got a degree, it takes time but if you learned what was taught to you then you will soon be on the fast track. It worked for me and I made an excellent living even before owning my own business after that I was on easy street.
Did not have any knowledge in this trade before. The school has definitely been a blessing for me
I read several reviews prior to going to this school and there were many mixed reviews. Upon attending, It was a complete waste of time and money. The finances are outrages to attend and the financial aid program there is terrible. If you know anything about mechanics, do not waste your time. Several students whom graduated from my class are having a hard time finding employment with a decent pay and they have a huge amount of debt to try and pay off now. Also, If you are military do NOT go here. They do not excuse drill dates as excused and it is counted against you for the month of instruction.
I'm reading some of these reviews and I'm getting a little laugh out of them. I remember some students that I attended with making the same complaints about the attendance policy and other negative comments. If you're not prepared to take your education seriously and want to mess around then don't attend, you are wasting your time. Start out cleaning a shop and show up late and see if you keep your job there. As a current manager of multiple multi million dollar facilities who employs 80+ people I look for employees who have the same fundamental traits that are reinforced by the strict attendance policy that NADC goes by. I have hired and still employ all of the NADC graduates who have applied with me and will continue to do so. The school taught me a great deal and I use things that I learned there every day. I would recommend this school to anyone who's ready to take themselves and their education seriously and feel that my tuition was well worth it and has paid me back ten fold.
When I apply for a job and they see I went to NADC they simply laugh. I can only get jobs at tire dealerships changing tires or quick lubes. I should had listened to my father. Don't waste ur time or money. Its a joke!!! When recruiters bug you as much as these do should had been a red flag.
I attended NADC from 1977 to 1978, that was before there AA came out. At that time it was only a Diploma, should I remember right. I relocated with my family, a wife and two children, Sold my house from where I left and traveled down to Nashville, TN. I apologize for forgetting the administrators name (Mr. B), who really assisted my family and I. After the tour of the grounds and college, this administrator then got in his car and I followed him to a near by motel to where he paid for my family's overnight stay and also suggested places for me to live. The next day I enrolled and couple more days I located a rental. The training I received was wonderful. I so enjoyed this trade school and I made a lot of friends. With the training I received, I was employed in less than a month in Florida. After a year in Florida, I gained employment and worked overseas rebuilding and instructing as a hands on supervisor for diesel engine rebuilding and maintenance with about seven years in the Middle East, two years in the Pacific, Marshall Islands and four years in the Bahamas. Yes this training made a big huge difference in my life. Thank you NADC.
This "college" is an absolute joke. If you want a career in diesel mechanics start off cleaning the shop and work your way up. They guarantee a job when you graduate. That's a lie. If you are like me and actually work full time and go to school full time (40 hours each)don't expect any sympathy for missing a day here or there. They will "red stamp" you. Once that happens, if you are even 1 minute late to class, they send you to the main office and you are basically expelled.then you get to pay about 1000 dollars to re-enroll and start that module over.basically this school talks a big game, gets you in the door, gets your money, and then could care less after that. Also they have a horrible reputation especially in the south as far as graduates. I believe this is because the way the modules are set up any dipshit redneck living of mom and dads money could sail through with flying colors and graduate. I applied for a job at freaking TA and the manager laughed at me when my experience was that I went to that Shithole. And it only costed me 20,000 dollars. DO NOT GO TO THIS SORRY ASS COLLEGE!
I don't know about the school today but when I graduated in 1983 this was a top notch school , lots of hands on shop time , very skilled instructors that were there if you needed to talk or needed real world advice .
Back then the tuition was'nt quite as high and I started out at 3 times what the tuition was . My career has come a long way since and I am looking forward to revisiting the school October the 3rd and 4th ,2012 for the career days to look for prospective employees to the company that I work for.
I went to NADC in 2006-2007 I learned a great deal while i was there. Most all the instructors are awsome and the president if he is still there Steve Napadano is a really good person.
However i would not reccomend this school because of the price after all the loans and interest you will pay right at 30,000 dollars. and it will take you ten years to pay it back.
I did get a really good education and i make pretty good money but not as a diesel or automotive mechanic. I am a millwright working in a oil refinery. The best two things i got out of the school was hydraulics and electrical. The diesel engines course was also pretty good.