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RCTC’s Automobile Mechanic program is designed to prepare students for careers in the automotive industry where they learn to inspect, maintain, diagnose, and repair automobiles and light trucks. Instruction includes courses in servicing vehicles, learning to diagnose and repair brakes, steering and suspension, starting and charging systems, electrical service, engine overhaul, fuel systems, driveline and differential, clutches, automatic and manual transmissions, and air conditioning.
Job opportunities exist with repair shops, dealerships, fleet owners, and businesses performing specialized service work. Most mechanics positions are at repair shops and auto dealerships. The number of jobs with these employers will continue to grow. Faster growth may occur at shops that specialize in oil changes, brake repair, and other minor repairs. Southeastern Minnesota expects a 4.4% increase in this occupational field through the year 2016.
Graduates typically start as entry level mechanics. With further education and/or experience, graduates can go on to specialize in an area such as rebuilding components or they can advance to shop foreman or service manager. Some RCTC graduates have opened their own repair businesses. In Southeastern Minnesota wages range from $12 to $24 an hour.