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Automobile Mechanic Overview

Automobile Mechanic

Career/Program Overview

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. Our goal is to prepare students for the ASE certification test.

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 differentials, clutches, automatic, manual transmissions, and air conditioning. A welding course is also part of our program.

On-board computer diagnostics 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 typically start coursework in fall semester only. Occasionally there are 2 or 3 openings for spring semester starts. Automobile Mechanic courses are not offered summer semesters; however, some of the general education requirements may be offered during the summer.

Career Opportunities/Information

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. Several 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.”

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

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

Additional Information

Program Website:  http://www.rctc.edu/program/amt
Program Plan:  http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Last Updated: November 4, 2014

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