Auto Mechanic Degree - Online and Campus Programs

From quick tune ups to minor a/c unit repairs to entire brake replacements, auto mechanics diagnose and solve a wide range of car problems. To fix mechanical issues, auto mechanics or technicians should know how to operate various tools, including screwdrivers, lathes, jacks, and welding equipment. Automobile mechanics must also be familiar with advanced computer diagnostic tools used for newer cars that have computerized components. While some car mechanics work on many different mechanical issues, other auto mechanics specialize in one area of car repair, such as transmissions, tune ups, front end work, and brakes.
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At Porter and Chester Institute, we’re serious about preparing you for career success. By completing one of our Automotive, Computer, Healthcare, or Trades programs, you’ll enjoy five advantages during your job search:


1. You gain knowledge and skills employers want you to know.

2. You learn from instructors who’ve worked in the field.

3. You learn by doing through hands-on instruction.

4. You develop personal skills and habits to become more employable.

5. You enhance your job interview skills and résumé.

Locations:  Branford, CT Stratford, CT Enfield, CT

  • Automotive Technology

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At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it. From the moment you enter ourschool, to graduation and beyond, we are right there with you.

Locations:  West Covina, CA Bakersfield, CA Gardena, CA

  • Automotive Technician (11-Month Diploma Program)

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At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), you won’t just train for a career. You can train for success. The hands-on training and high-tech skills you can get at UTI can put you on the fast track toward a rewarding career as a professional technician. Across the nation, you can find UTI-trained technicians working in great jobs with top manufacturers, dealerships and repair shops. 

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  • Automotive
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What You Should Know About an Auto Mechanic Career

Although high school auto mechanic classes can teach you very basic auto repair skills, postsecondary auto mechanic courses are your best bet. Auto mechanic programs typically award certificates in six months to a year, or associate's degrees in about two years. In addition to offering general auto mechanic classes, an associate's degree program can provide coursework in:
  • Computer technology
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry and physics
  • Business ethics and customer service
Although certification is not required, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) provides a certification in eight different areas of auto mechanics that is highly valued by employers. Passing all eight certifications certifies you as a master automobile technician.

Auto Mechanic Career Prospects and Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that car mechanics with postsecondary auto mechanic training can expect the greatest degree of success. The median hourly wage for car mechanics in 2008 was $16.88.