Automotive Performance

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Steve Skroch

Residential Faculty - Program Director - Automotive Technology


Office: TC 50 - Room: 229

This program is part of the Applied Sciences and Technology Department.

Automotive Performance

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.

Career Profile

Quick Stats

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.

Automotive Technicians/Mechanics:

  • 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

A list of available degrees and certificates offered in the Automotive Performance program
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

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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.