Automotive Technology Certificate

Rev-Up Your Career in Automotive Technology

If you love cars and have considered working in automotive service, get ready to get your hands dirty at MWCC. Our Auto Tech certificate program will provide you with the hands-on training and comprehensive knowledge you’ve been looking for to begin or enhance your career in automotive service.

Job Outlook for Automotive Service Technicians

As a certified automotive service technician, you can make an average of $37,000-$47,000* annually in the north-central MA area! Certified automotive technicians will have more opportunities for finding a job since employers search for qualified candidates. The automotive service field is expected to grow 6%** over the next ten years, about as fast as the national average.

What Jobs Can You Get With Our Automotive Technology Certificate?

There will always be a high demand for those with a garage experience certificate. With more vehicles on the road than ever before and enhanced technology powering so many of them, people who understand cars have many career options. Just a few include:

  • General automotive maintenance worker
  • Heavy truck driver
  • Automotive body or glass repairer
  • Diesel service mechanic

You may prefer a hands-on job where you fix things yourself and get dirty. Conversely, you might want a more hands-off position focused on oversight or securing the parts needed to make repairs. Our certificate opens up many avenues, and you have the freedom to explore what you want. No matter where you land, our automotive technology certificate will open many doors immediately and into the future.

Qualities of a Successful Mechanic

The majority of our automotive technology students pursue careers as mechanics or other customer-facing jobs. While you will engage in lots of academic learning that guides you through how to fix vehicles, you also need to know how to work with the public to be a capable mechanic. Our courses will convey the attributes you need to become successful in the field, such as:

  • Strong communication skills, so you can explain to someone what’s wrong with their vehicle and how to address it.
  • An excellent work ethic, since mechanics can work long hours.
  • Customer service skills, which will help you deal with the public and create a pleasant experience that will make customers want to return.

Use Your Credits to Jump Start a Degree!

At the end of your program, you will be ready to enter into the automotive service industry in an entry-level position. If you wish to increase your potential career placement, you can continue your education at MWCC. You can apply your credits from this certificate program towards the associate degree in Automotive Technology at MWCC. You only need 8 more courses to get your degree!

Fix Real Cars With Your Own Hands

In the automotive technology certificate program, you will get to work in a real 6-bay garage at MWCC to learn hands-on how to operate, inspect, and repair a variety of parts and systems:

  • Brakes
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Engine performance
  • Engine damage
  • Automatic transmissions and transaxles
  • Manual drive train and axles
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Suspension and steering

Be Prepared for ASE Certification

MWCC’s Automotive Technology program is nationally certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and meets the standards for excellence developed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). In your AUT121 Performance and Diagnosis II course, you will be prepared for the ASE Certification exam to enhance your skills and career potential!

Why Choose MWCC for Your Automotive Technology Certificate?

MWCC is an outstanding academic institution providing quality education at an affordable price. You will pay much less to attend MWCC than a four-year college, and you will graduate with excellent career prospects and minimal student loan debt. The educational value here is similar to that of a large university. We have adjunct professors who teach for us as well as four-year colleges in the area.

Our professors care about seeing our students succeed. And thanks to our small class sizes and 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, they are easily accessible.

We also provide many avenues of support for our students, who come from a diverse range of backgrounds. They may have full-time jobs or be the primary caretaker of a small child. Some just graduated from high school while others are looking for a mid-life career change. We maintain numerous programs to assist learners of all backgrounds in finding flexible class options and accessing whatever help they need:

  • CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents In School), which offers child care to parents during classes
  • A Veteran Services department, which aids those who recently left the military as they transition to student life
  • Our food pantry, which provides up to 20 free items per month to those in need of canned goods, school supplies, and personal hygiene products

Our career services offer tools and resources available at your convenience to help you find a job after graduation.

Request more information about our summer and year-round automotive programs or fill out your application to MWCC online. There’s no application fee or essay required, so you can get started today.

*Source: CareerOneStop
**Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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