Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

If you love cars and don't mind getting your hands dirty, automotive mechanics technology might be the perfect major for you. Students in this major are trained to understand the specific inner workings of vehicles and how they operate in order to efficiently inspect and maintain them and to correctly diagnose and repair any problems. Students will have access to the latest diagnostic tools, vehicles, and service information. Usually, students are able to start their personal tool collections as soon as they begin a program, which will take them through their education and sometimes even into their careers. Most programs are designed to adequately prepare students for formal certification testing after the program is completed, which is required by most employers.The automotive industry is ever-changing, and automotive technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated. If you truly enjoy the industry and are willing to put forth lots of hard work, being a part of this field can prove to be very rewarding.A specialized vocational, certificate, or other postsecondary training program in automotive service or technology is usually the best preparation for entry-level jobs. These programs usually last anywhere from six months to a year or more. Others choose to pursue a two-year associate's degree in a more traditional educational setting. Bachelor's degree programs are also available for those who wish to undertake more in-depth study and/or to have access to a wider variety of career choices.Whatever type of program you choose, automotive mechanics technology majors can expect to undergo extensive hands-on training and education. In most schools, automotive classes take place in an actual, functioning auto repair facility, with lifts and diagnostic and repair equipment. In most classes, students learn by diagnosing and repairing real problems on real automobiles.Aside from a formal education, the standard credential for service technicians is certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NIASE). Many employers require their employees to be certified. Certification is available in eight different areas: automatic transmission/transaxle, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drive train and axles, and suspension and steering. In order to become certified in one of those areas, technicians must pass an exam and have at least two years of experience, or relevant schooling and one year of experience. Those who pass all eight exams become certified Master Automobile Technicians.

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“…Utah State University is a great place to attend if you like to be outside (during the spring and summer of course). There are many things to do on campus. Classes are remotely easy to find. ” – Jenna

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Broward College
Fort Lauderdale, FL

“…Broward College is a good school. They really help people learn, compensating for disabilities, and different learning-styles.” – Jennifer from Lauderhill, FL

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“…A friendly, fun environment. The School is really involved with the Community and vise verse. A great size and good pricing, I'm paying the same or less than I would have to go to some of my in-state School” – Kaitlin from Skokie, IL

“…uvu is a great place for gaining a higher education. it is very challenging to the mind. the school is very supportive of its students. ” – Stephanie from Orem, UT

“…pima is an outstanding community college. the college makes it convenient for students with campus locations all around the city of tucson. the staff for the most part is very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. ” – Shanna from Marana, AZ

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“…this is a great school to attend. there are small classroom sizes and teachers who really care. this is an awesome place to make friends for life.” – katie from Saint Louis, MO

“…1. Fresno City College is a beautiful, old fashioned campus, with a diverse student population, located right in the heart of Fresno's historic Tower District. 2. Teachers are involved and invested in the success of their students, and in my...” – Elise from Fresno, CA

“…I like Fullerton College a lot, good people good times and a lot of good classes you can take to better prepare you for your future. The people there are very nice and friendly and will definitely come up to you if they want to talk to you. The...” – Aariyn from Whittier, CA

“…montgomery college is an affordable, conveniently located, and diverse campus in which a student can gain the best experience and knowledge they need to succeed.” – Alexis from Germantown, MD

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“…south texas college is a good college for those who plan on transferring to a 4-year university. it's very affordable which puts an ease on the life of a college student. the classes are also small so it's easy to learn here.” – Myrabel from Mission, TX

“…It is a great college to complete your General educationa and transfer from or earn an A.A. certificate. ” – Liset from Bellflower, CA

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“…Macomb Community College has great technical programs that can prepare students for advanced studies in the technical program that they are focused on. Macomb Community College offers a diverse experience for students which complements the...” – Eldon from Detroit, MI

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“…American River College is very diverse and the students are very accepting of other cultures. At ARC, the teachers seem to really be interested in you as an individual student and they try very hard to meet all accommodations as per distinguished....” – Lacy from Antelope, CA

Chaffey College
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

“…I must say that Chaffey College has been an outstanding college to have begun my scholarly journey. The fellow students that I have met here have proven to be quite a diverse and fantastic group. And best of all, I have been taught and academically...” – Pedro from Fontana, CA

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“…overall this has been a good school, many of the students are focused and the teachers i've had have been helpful and willing to spend time answering questions. ” – Brice

“…Every time I have been at Northern Virginia Community College, people have been nothing but friendly. The kindness of the people in there is one of the things I like about my new college. Another thing I like about NOVA - Woodbridge Campus is the...” – Liz from Stafford, VA

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“…This is a great institution of learning where everyone is treated equally. There are three physical campuses one in the Bronx, another in New Rochelle and one in St. Lucia. They also offer on line classes for the working class.” – Janice from Brooklyn, NY

“…This college is affordable and you can get a good education here. I love the atmosphere and the classroom's. The professor's are very well educated as well. ” – Briana from Longview, TX

Delta College
University Center, MI

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“…FRCC has very polite teachers. The teachers are always willing to help and answer any questions at any time. Also the teachers never make the student feel unintelligent .” – Stephanie from Henderson, CO

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“…this is my second year at cypress college so far i like it. most of teachers are helpful but i do recommend you to check rate your professor before registering for classes!” – Yvonne from Stanton, CA

“…Arkansas Tech University in my book rates about 7 out of 10. The campus and people are great and classes are small, the teachers really get to know their students. However, the accessibility features are outdated and need improving. ” – Christina from Russellville, AR

“…Southern Serves the community, while remaining humble. Southern also encourages healthy living, which promotes better health. Most importantly, their are lots of resources for strong academic success.” – Aaron from Collegedale, TN

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“…I am planning to attend Citrus College this fall. I am registered already and hopefully I get the classes I need as my major. I chose Citrus College because I heard it was a very good school with many good professor's that take their time in...” – Yesenia from Hacienda Heights, CA

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“…San Joaquin Delta College is a great school for Communications and Sports. And there known for Culinary Arts Program. And known for a Great sports Program.” – Sean from Lodi, CA

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“…Community really have a great team. They really take the time out to help you move forward in your future career and there courses is really great.” – Cassandra from Philadelphia, PA

“…Tidewater Community College has a wonderful variety of programs that are just as diverse as the students who attend. TCC is military friendly and allows for a smooth educational process. From TCC you can go anywhere from, work or continuing on with...” – Celeste from Portsmouth, VA

“…college of the canyons is wonderful facility. the faculty here are very welcoming, friendly and always willing to help. this is a great campus where you will get a knowledgeable education. ” – Kayla from Santa Clarita, CA

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“…i would rate it an 8 it so far seems like a good school. teacher's and support plus all options available for help are the best, definitely help many students in many ways. i think i will enjoy my first years here.” – Ashley from Ridgefield, WA

“…Johnson County Community College is extremely helpful to all students. When you attend this college, you feel comforted knowing that everyone else wants you to succeed as well. This school is very career oriented and everyone is focused on succeeding...” – MMM

“…san bernardino valley college is truly a good college. the whole staff is always ready to guide you through your academic path. i really like the different programs they offer.” – Lucero from Highland, CA

“…Great teachers, fantastic art studios, small class sizes” – KC

“…Unlike a large university like MSU the Lansing Community College campus is small and personal. The teachers are willing to go the extra mile to help you succeed. The nursing program is top notch in the state and country and well accredited.” – Karen from Haslett, MI

“…good for those seeking mntc courses. small class sizes. decent selection of courses.” – Tyler from Minneapolis, MN

“…they are really on you on what to do and how to do it. the key is to stay consistent and pay attention. review your notes and don't slack off.” – Pete from Jacksonville, FL

“…GCC has been such a help to me! I tend to get lost on new grounds but they came alongside me and directed my paths; literally and metaphorically. The advisors are always real friendly and make your college experience run smoothly!” – Christina from Peoria, AZ

“…Snow College is a fantastic school to start your college path. I love the small classes and campus. I Would recommend this school to anyone getting ready to attend college. ” – Amanda from North Logan, UT

“…This is an excellent school at a price I can actually afford. The teachers really care and, more often than not, actually take the time to get to know you so they can better help you with your education. I recommend this college to everyone I know.” – Erica from Colorado Springs, CO

“…I rate my college at a 10 for community college! Butte College is highly focused on student success and making resources available. This combined with the beautiful campus makes this a great place to obtain an education. ” – Brandi from Oroville, CA

“…lane community college is a great school with a hard working, friendly faculty that give personal attention to their students which is made easy by our smaller class sizes. also, lcc has a sustainable organic garden on campus, run by students and...” – Julie from Eugene, OR

Triton College
River Grove, IL

“…I would give Triton college an over all B grade. It is a small school good for students who are unsure of their future goals and dreams. It is a stepping stone on the way to our futures. ” – Kathryn from Elmwood Park, IL

“…they have very helpful instructors and they will do anything they can to help you succeed in class. the campus is well kept and very big with great facilitys. i love uaa because everyone there, including students, will help you in anyway they can.” – Lucinda from Palmer, AK

Century College
White Bear Lake, MN

“…This is a very diverse college and it is a little more challenging than your run of the mill community college. If you are preparing to transfer to a university, this college is great because of the more challenging aspect and it gets in a great area...” – Dylan from Glenville, MN

“…This school encourages you to pursue your career goals. The teachers are very helpful. The small environment encourages students to learn and get more face time with teachers.” – Jaslyn from Lubbock, TX

“…I love the campus. I love the size of classes. I love my program. ” – Alexandria from Urbana, IL

“…I've been a student at CLC since the beginning of 2011, and now I finally applied for a major in 2013. I admire their organization, their seriousness and sources available for studying that they offer. Definitely, it's an excellent college.” – Luiza from Vernon Hills, IL

“…i rate this college very highly. instructors are nice and willing to work with you. and financial aid is easy to obtain” – Tina from Mariposa, CA

“…Butler Community College is great. It's a close-knit environment where no one feels left out. You are not just a number because the students and teachers take time to get to know one another. Help and encouragement is given freely, so all can succeed...” – Ambrey from Wichita, KS

“…onondaga community college is definitely the cream of the crop when it comes to junior colleges. it gives every applicant a fair chance by never denying an application and it provides a quality education for those who maybe cannot afford a four-year...” – Casey from East Syracuse, NY

“…Nationally recognized for a reason. Almost every instructor I have had in my four years while attending have been passionate and genuinely interested in the success of their students at both an academic and personal level. The courses are challenging...” – Brandon from Forestville, CA

“…The New Science & Math Building opening Fall Semester 2012. Communication Building to open in 2013. Diversity is accepted and encouraged. ” – Holli from LA Quinta, CA

“…An excellent school that I would recommend to other students. I also think that the program for the high school students before entering college is wonderful as well. I also feel that this school has made a big change in my life even though I walks...” – Shanta from Memphis, TN

“…excellent school for the money. great class selection that transfers to almost any college in michigan and elsewhere for credit, and not just general credit. the teachers are mostly part time from either emu or uofm.” – Benjamin from Stockbridge, MI

“…Joliet Junior College is the most affordable community/junior college in the state of Illinois. J.J.C. has an open-door policy for students who are looking to continue their education after interruptions in life or who are looking for a fresh start...” – Michael from Joliet, IL

Golden West College
Huntington Beach, CA

“…I like Golden West, i've been attending since 2005 and have had the best experiences with my teachers and student body alike. I've found the teachers are very helpful. The campus is small and intimate so you don't get overwhelmed with students...” – Carly from Huntington Beach, CA

“…This is an excellent school to attend. Teacher's really care and try hard to help students. Its a peaceful environment to be apart of and the sports teams are great.” – Brea from Hattiesburg, MS

“…Baker College provides students with the materials and the support that they need to be successful at furthering their education. The environment is clean and comfortable to be in. If i was asked to rate Baker College on a scale of one to ten, I...” – Lakeisha from Saginaw, MI

“…A school where the faculty cares about the students. Class sizes are small and tuition is low. This school is a great value when compared to the larger state universities!” – Eddie from CO

“…Chabot College is a good school. There are some very good teachers here who strive to help students succeed. it is also a great place to make lasting friendships with fellow students.” – Stefanie from Hayward, CA

“…MiraCosta is a great community college. ” – Tamara from Vista, CA

“…ctc is a awesome school if you are looking for a degree. professors are of decent quality and facilities are nice. the best thing is the price of the courses is very low, around sixty dollars per credit hour.” – Taylor from Copperas Cove, TX

“…very personable and small classes. experienced teachers. world class learning.” – Seth from Cedar Rapids, IA

“…prince george's community college is encouraging and inspiring. the professors, students, and faculty there are very helpful. the academic environment is even better, and will surely help one to reach their goals.” – Chantel from Glenn Dale, MD

“…i enjoy mott college, there are many campuses and many opportunities. the staff is very helpful and enjoyable to be around. the secretaries are also helpful and easy to talk to.” – Debra from Mayville, MI

“…Cape Fear Community College is great to work with, provides excellent teachers, and has two great campuses. In the heart of Wilmington, Cape Fear Community College is surrounded by great places to relax and spend time.” – Stephen from Newport, NC

“…Great professors who work well with their students.Wonderful environment for students of all ages.Big and small classrooms for comfort” – Amber from Rowlett, TX

“…ecc is very open to accepting people and helping all of their students. ” – Danielle from Elgin, IL

“…Shasta College is a small, yet largely resourceful school. The environment is very welcoming, especially for incoming freshman, and they offer a wide variety of courses to register for. Tuition is relatively low and there is a significant amount of...” – Janie from Redding, CA

“…i personally feel that oakton community college is a school full of unique people. as i pass by students like me, they carry things like instruments and artwork to show others what they are passionate about. that is what i love about college: we are...” – Michelle from Des Plaines, IL

Del Mar College
Corpus Christi, TX

“…del mar has great teachers who really care about education. the hometown atmosphere is amazing. this college is very affordable!” – Sara from Ingleside, TX

“…mt. hood is a wonderful way to get started on your academics, and help you find out what you want out of life. ” – Erica from Gresham, OR

“…union county college is a very diverse campus. the classes are not too big, providing each and every student with a close relationship with their professor(s). i personnally found it the right for me, since i am able to focus more in a class that is...” – Margencie from Roselle, NJ

“…ACC has been a great college for me inbetween working towards my Bachelor's degree. By inbetween I mean, I started at MSCD but transferred to ACC to attain my Associate's degree for that pat on the back half way through! The tuition is more...” – April from Parker, CO

“…el paso community college is a great place to learn because the learning is more hands-on and personal. classes are usually available in different areas allowing less money on gas and more on educational materials. classes are also smaller allowing...” – Robin from El Paso, TX