Working as a mechanic or service technician is both personally satisfying and rewarding for anyone with a love for motor vehicles. If this sounds like you, you are in the right place! The Mount’s broad program in automotive service technology combines specialized training with hands-on experience. Our auto tech grads learn the latest vehicle technologies and skills from trained industry professionals, setting them up for immediate employment.
The Automotive Technology Program at the Mount provides students with the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Automotive Technology or an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology. Upon completion of either program, students are prepared for positions in automotive and other related fields. During the course of study, students will develop skills and competencies in diagnostics and repair. Students will gain the knowledge they need to prepare for ASE Certification.
What Is Automotive Technology?
Automotive technology includes any careers related to the inspection, maintenance, or repair of a vehicle. Today, with more technology in cars and other vehicles than ever before, entering the automotive technology field demands mechanical engineering and other courses designed to keep you abreast of new developments. Auto mechanic technology is an exciting industry with lots of room for growth.
We’ve moved! Our Automotive Technology Center moved to new space in the summer of 2020. We are now located at 42 Linus Allain Avenue (near Maki’s) is an 11,000 square-foot freshly remodeled space featuring:
- A student lounge with garage observation.
- Eight service bays.
- An engine and transmission laboratory.
- State-of-the-art automotive electrical trainers.
- Men’s and women’s locker rooms.
- A large conference and classroom.
- HyFlex Course instruction allowing students to attend in person, remotely in real-time, or view class recordings on their own time.
What Is the Job Outlook for Automotive Mechanics?
An experienced Automotive Technician with an automotive education and hands-on experience can earn in excess of $100,000.00 annually. Employers are searching for qualified automotive service techs, increasing job opportunities for graduates of our program. The automotive service field is expected to grow 6%** over the next ten years.
What Careers Can You Pursue With an Automotive Technology Degree?
When you study automotive technology at a community college, you qualify for many jobs in the automotive technology field. Mechanics can specialize in a high-demand area, earning more money and broadening their job opportunities. Just a few of the positions auto mechanic college programs qualify you for include:
- Diesel service technician.
- OEM Certified Service Technician
- Service writer / Advisor
- Parts Department Technician
- Small Engine Repair Technician
- Automobile Sales Professional
Not sure what you want to specialize in? MWCC offers automotive technology career information that can help you narrow your choices through our Career Services Center, which offers resources and information for job seekers.
What Traits Will Help You Excel in Automotive Technology?
Not every skill you need to become a good mechanic or other vehicle-related technician is academic. Your courses will also encourage the development of other skills that you require to do well in this field, beyond those related to fixing engines or carburetors.
You will communicate with customers on a daily basis. You need the confidence and clarity to succinctly deliver your messages and convey what is wrong with the vehicle and how to fix it. In addition to being comfortable with people, you need the confidence to believe the way you want to fix something is the right choice.
Hands-On Learning at the MWCC Garage
In the automotive technology certificate program, students receive hands-on experience in our new 11,000 square foot, 8-bay garage. MWCC auto tech students learn how to diagnose and repair the following:
- Brakes – drum and disc
- Electrical/electronic systems
- Engine performance
- Engine damage
- Automatic transmissions and transaxles
- Manual drive train and axles
- Heating and air conditioning
- Suspension and steering
Be Your Own Boss
With the Automotive Technology degree from MWCC, not only will you get work experience in a real garage, but you will also take courses in general education and management. These courses will help you should manage an automotive repair facility in the future. You will enter the field with extensive knowledge about car repair and maintenance, as well as customer service and business management.
Prepare for Your ASE Certifications at MWCC
MWCC’s Automotive Technology program is nationally certified by the ASE Automotive Services Excellence Foundation.
Attend One of the Top Automotive Technical Schools in Massachusetts
If you have been looking for automotive technology classes near Gardner, you are in luck. MWCC is one of the best auto mechanic and mechanical engineering colleges in central Massachusetts. Our outstanding faculty to student ratio of 1:15 offers you small classes that deliver individualized instruction. Our professors are approachable and helpful, and they genuinely care about their students.
When you attend MWCC, you receive excellent academics at a price you can afford. We charge much less than a four-year college, leaving you with minimal debt after graduation. You can pursue the career path that interests you instead of worrying about making money to pay back mounting loans. Many MWCC faculty members also teach at four-year colleges, meaning you get that same quality education at a fraction of the cost.
The Benefits of Getting Your Automotive Technology Degree at MWCC
Besides being one of the state’s standout automotive technology colleges, MWCC supports its students in unique and impactful ways. We offer special programs such as:
- A food pantry where students can collect up to 20 free items a month, such as personal hygiene products, canned goods, and school supplies.
- Child care for parents attending our school through the CCAMPIS program (Child Care Access Means Parents In School).
- Award-winning Veterans Services program.
Our flexible programs let you study on your schedule, through automotive technology online courses and night classes.
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The Automotive Technology program has National Certification at the MLR (maintenance and light repair) level in the areas of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, automatic transmissions and transaxles, manual drive train and axles, heating and air conditioning and suspension and steering from the ASE Automotive Services Excellence Foundation.