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Automotive Technology

Cars and trucks are much more complex than they used to be, increasingly relying on complicated computer systems and electronics for operation. The neighborhood mechanics of the past have been replaced by a new breed of specialists – sharp, highly skilled technicians who are versed in the latest automotive technologies.

At Midland College, training in our Automotive Technology program provides the skills you need to jump-start your automotive career. The program reflects a building-block approach from simple to complex skills, covering: Operational theory, Diagnosis, Repair, Maintenance, Practical skills, accepted shop procedures, Different models of cars including late-model vehicles with electronic systems.

 

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Program Details

Marketable Skills

Pursuing an Automotive Technology degree will provide marketable skills in these areas:

  • Repairing – Repairing machines or systems using the right tools
  • Operation Monitoring – Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working
  • Equipment Maintenance – Planning and doing the basic maintenance of equipment
  • Troubleshooting – Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • Operation and Control – Using equipment or systems
  • Quality Control Analysis – Testing how well a product or service works
  • Equipment Selection – Deciding what kind of tools and equipment are needed to do a job
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Career Opportunities

Automotive technicians work for: dealerships, retail and wholesale stores selling automotive parts, accessories and supplies, auto repair shops and gas stations, automotive equipment rental and leasing companies, federal, state and local governments and private transportation companies.

Earning an AAS degree in Automotive Technology leads to a variety of career opportunities such as:

  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • Electric Motor, Power Tool and Related Repairers
  • Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • Automotive Specialty Technicians
  • Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • Motorcycle Mechanics

Demand

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth for automotive service technicians at 19% through 2024 in Texas. Automotive technicians continue to be in demand in an occupation that provides portable skills that cannot be outsourced overseas.

More than 16% of service technicians are self-employed, more than twice the proportion for all installation, maintenance and repair occupations. There is usually steady work, even though downturns in the economy.

Did you know?

Texas employs the second-most automotive service technicians and mechanics in the nation.

  • Annual median wage in Texas: $39,000
  • Hourly median wage in Texas: $18.85
  • Auto Body repair jobs increase by 2022: 18%

SOURCE:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*NET OnLine

(wages will vary by location, employer, and experience)

Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

How to Apply

  1. Login to My MC Portal
  2. Click the Students tab
  3. Click the "Financial Aid Portal" link
  4. Under Log In, provide your Social Security Number and password. If you do not have a password, click the "First Time User" link at the bottom-right and follow prompts.

For additional general scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

Missing the "Financial Aid Portal" link?

To have access to the Financial Aid portal and apply for scholarships, the student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid.

If the students FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student must fill out the FAFSA application first and once processed, will be able to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information

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Thank you for choosing Midland College! If you are here to collect a few credits, take courses to transfer, or here to start a new career, we welcome you.

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