Contact the Program Director
Residential Faculty - Program Director - Automotive Technology
Office: TC 50 - Room: 229
This program is part of the Applied Sciences and Technology Department.
These days, being an Auto Tech is all about having the necessary technical skill set.
The Automotive Performance program at MCC prepares you for a career as an automotive technician or mechanic. You’ll learn how to diagnose, service, test, and repair complex, computer-controlled automotive electrical systems. Our program is designed to provide hands-on experience in a "live" working environment similar to the service industry. An emphasis is placed on developing good diagnostic skills. As a graduate of the program you’ll acquire essential entry-level skills and will be able to pass national ASE Certification Tests, making you a highly marketable job seeker.
In addition to an associate’s degree, the Automotive Performance program offers five certificates of completion: Engine Performance and Diagnosis; Air Conditioning; Brakes, Alignment, Suspension and Steering; Transmissions and Power Trains; and Automotive Electrical Systems.
- Example Titles
- Automotive Service Technician
- Bus and Truck Mechanic
- Diesel Engine Specialist
- Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic
- Recreational Vehicle Service Technician
- Types of Employers
- Auto Repair Shops
- Auto Dealerships
- Auto Supply Stores
- Gas and Service Stations
Automotive Service technicians and mechanics have a projected 12.5% growth rate (between 2006 and 2016) for the state of Arizona. Experienced mechanics with leadership ability sometimes advance to shop supervisor or service manager. Those who work well with customers may become service estimators or open their own repair shops.
- Usually specialize in an area of repair
- Often work nights and weekends
- Use a variety of tools and techniques
- Train for six months to two years
- Become certified in one or more of eight service areas
- Are sometimes self-employed (about 15%)
Available Associate Degrees and Certificates
|Degree / Certificate||Type||Title||Courses|
|Associate in Applied Science||AAS||Automotive Performance Technology||Course Sequence|
|Associate in Applied Science||AAS||Caterpillar Technician Training||Course List|
|Certificate of Completion||CCL||Automotive Electrical Systems||Course Sequence|
|Certificate of Completion||CCL||Brakes, Alignment, Suspension and Steering||Course Sequence|
|Certificate of Completion||CCL||Engine Performance and Diagnosis||Course Sequence|
Meet with an Advisor
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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.
Advising for the Automotive Performance program is available through the Applied Sciences and Technology department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.