Program at a Glance
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.
What can I expect from a career in Automotive Mechanics Technology?
- According to the Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, the number of jobs for automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow by 9 % in the United States, and 6% in Mississippi from 2012-2022.
- Employment prospects will arrive as mechanics and technicians retire and/or change employment.
- Competition will be keen for program completers looking for entry-level jobs. Job prospects will be best for those with postsecondary training, ASE certification, good problem-solving and diagnostic skills, and computer and electronics knowledge and experience.
- The median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $17.60 per hour or $36,610 annually in May 2012.
For additional career information: Department of Labor Occupational Outlook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/