Automotive Mechanics: Career Coursework Description

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The Automobile Mechanics diploma program teaches students the skills to repair and maintain automobiles. Servicing of the various components, such as electrical system, brakes, transmissions and general maintenance are part of the training students will receive in the diploma program. Because of the increasing use of computers in automobiles today, training in electronics should also be an important part of any auto tech program
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Why Earn a Diploma in Automotive Mechanics?

Career Possibilities:

With the fast-pace advancements in car electronics, brake systems, engines, etc., the world of auto mechanics is always challenging and there is always something new to learn. Demand for mechanics who keep up with technological progress is on the rise and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this trend to continue. (

Graduates will find entry level positions in dealerships and repair shops, but should also seek opportunities in various fleets. Students can also go on for further training in management or a specialty, like electronics or engine rebuilding. Workers may also find positions in rebuilding automobiles, but to a lesser extent.

Automotive service technicians earned between $8.70 and $26.22 per hour in 2004. Workers in local government fleets earned the most, at $38,160 per year, and parts store employees earned the least, at $27,180. Some service techs earn a commission from labor charges.

Specifics About the Degree:

The auto tech program is usually two years of study and includes theory of brakes, electrical systems, engines and general service, plus advanced theory, service and repair of components. Often a program will include basic education in math and physics, as well as psychology and sociology.

Some programs also offer welding and restoration, including painting and refinishing. Upholstery repair courses and auto detailing are also available. Emissions and alternative fuels technology has also become an important part of the curriculum of various auto mechanics schools, as have communication skills and computer technology.

The eventual goal of most automotive programs is for graduates to pass the ASE certification exams. Certification is available in eight different areas of automotive repair and maintenance, and for the master automobile technician certification a graduate must pass all eight areas and recertify by exam once every five years.

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