Pearl River Community College

Automotive Mechanics Technology

Program Information

Location(s) of Program: Poplarville Campus

Brief Description of Program: The Automotive Mechanics Technology Program at Pearl River Community College is a two-year program of study designed to lead to a Technical Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

  • Program prepares individuals to engage in the servicing and maintenance of all types of automobiles.
  • Instruction includes the diagnosis of malfunctions of all nine areas of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification https://www.ase.com/Home.aspx to include Engine Repair, Electrical and Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Brakes, Steering and Suspension Systems, Manual Drivetrains and Axles, Automatic Transmissions, Transaxles, Heating and Air Conditioning and Maintenance and Light Repair of which students may earn an ASE certification http://www.asestudentcertification.com in each.
  • This curriculum also prepares students for the National Automotive Student Skills Standards Assessment (ASE) Certification Exam.
  • Pearl River Community College boasts one of the finest automotive laboratories in the south. The state of the art complex was completed in 1978 and has been continuously updated since then. The 11,900 square foot facility contains two shops, offices, classroom, storage area, covered work areas, and a cleaning area.
  • Our highly qualified Instructors are ASE certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: Job prospects will be best for those with post secondary training, ASE certification, good problem-solving and diagnostic skills, and computer and electronics knowledge and experience.

Instructor Contact Information for the Program:

Possible Careers in this Program: automotive service technicians and mechanics

What a student can expect from a career in this field:
What Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Do
Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.

Work Environment
Most automotive service technicians and mechanics work in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops. Although technicians often identify and fix automotive problems with computers, they commonly work with greasy parts and tools, sometimes in uncomfortable positions.

Job Outlook
Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for qualified job seekers should be very good.

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm

Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: $38,470 per year/$18.50 per hour