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RCTC’s Automobile Mechanic major is designed to prepare students for careers in the automotive industry. They will learn to inspect, maintain, diagnose, and repair, automobiles and light trucks. Instruction includes courses in servicing vehicles diagnosis and repair of brakes, steering and suspension, starting and charging systems, electrical service, engine overhaul, fuel systems, driveline and differential, clutches, automatic, manual transmissions, and air conditioning. A welding course is also part of our program. On-board computers series 1 and 2 along with CAN (controller area network) buss systems are taught. Instruction is also given in electronics and other high tech areas such as super charging and turbo charging.
In addition to the 61 credits of professional or technical courses noted above, students seeking the Automobile Mechanic diploma are required to complete 8 general education credits.
Program / Degree Options:
RCTC offers a diploma in Automobile Mechanics. The diploma can be completed in as little as two years if taken full-time.
Program Start Date(s):
Students can start coursework in fall semester only. Automobile Mechanic courses are not offered summer semesters; however, some of the general education requirements may be offered during the summer.
Job opportunities exist with repair shops, dealerships, fleet owners, and businesses performing specialized service work. 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.
Gainful Employment Programs:
Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”
Articulations / Accreditations:
RCTC’s Automobile Mechanic instructors are ASE certified and have many years of mechanical and teaching experience.
For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/index.html
Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Automobile Mechanic Program Application (PDF)
Last Updated: October 4, 2013