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

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Get a hands-on education at Lincoln Tech. Designed for today’s tough job market, our in-depth programs cover many fields including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Programs vary by campus.

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When you come to Western Technical College, you will find yourself surrounded by like-minded individuals. Your classmates and friends are just as passionate about building a successful career as you are. Your instructors are totally dedicated to your success.

 

Everybody will work with you to allow you to successfully pursue a career in your chosen field. Each program is designed to train inexperienced students for entry-level employment or to upgrade skills for experienced professionals.

 

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At Western Technical College, “Welcome” is much more than simply a greeting. It is a belief that is embodied by each and every staff member — from the first time you contact us, through graduation and throughout your career.

 

We attract students from Ciudad Juarez, just across the border in Chihuahua, Mexico as well as Las Cruces, New Mexico, just an hour north. Being so close to Fort Bliss, we also provide career training for our military veterans.

 

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Provide quality training and education in a caring, professional environment that prepares new students and working adults with the skills they need to succeed and advance in their chosen careers.

 

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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.