The Auto Mechanics Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment in the high-technology automotive service industry and to update those who are already employed.
The Auto Mechanics Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program is a comprehensive training program designed to cover all aspects of automotive repair. Graduates with an AAS degree find employment in dealerships, independent service facilities, corporate repair facilities and automotive parts establishments. They are employed as automotive technicians, insurance claims adjusters, automotive instructors, parts specialists and repair technicians in related fields.
There are three separate diploma options, which can be taken individually or in combination. One option prepares graduates for job entry in current automotive technology tune-up and engine repair . Another option prepares graduates to enter the automotive industry trained in the latest power train and chassis repair techniques. A third option prepares graduates to enter the automotive industry as a maintenance and light repair technician. Diploma recipients may receive an AAS degree by completing the additional courses required for the Auto Mechanics Technology AAS degree.
This diploma option prepares graduates for a career in automotive maintenance and minor repair. This will include the light repair and maintenance of electrical systems, brakes, suspension, steering, alignment, heating, air conditioning and engines.
This program is Accredited thru the ASE Education Foundation at the Master Automobile Service Technician (MAST) level.
For more information about the Auto Mechanics Technology program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/automotive/automechanics.
Auto Maintenance & Light Repair diploma is available only at the Ankeny campus.
Students start Fall or Spring semester. (Daytime program only)
To earn a diploma in Auto Maintenance Light Repair a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
Option 1 - Select 2-3 Credits
Total Credits Required to Complete the Auto Maintenance & Light Repair Diploma - 42
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$185.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
Approximate total for the program: $11,570**
**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.
What Kind of Work Will You Do?
- Service automobiles to keep them from developing mechanical problems (preventive maintenance).
- Make systematic examinations and adjustments; repair and replace defective parts of cars and trucks.
- Diagnose drivability problems so repairs can be made.
- Use different kinds of testing equipment, such as engine analyzers, compression gauges, and electrical test meters, lab scope and computers.
What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?
- Use your hands to do technical and manipulative skills with accuracy.
- Use hand tools and interpret readings from meters, gauges and computers.
- Establish effective interpersonal relations with customers and coworkers.
- Read and understand technical information off a computer and from technical manuals.
- Ability to diagnose problems and take proper remedial measures.
- Lift and carry objects up to 60 pounds.
What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?
- Basic math and reading skills are a must.
- Students must provide own hand tools; approximately $3,500.
- Average starting salary Auto Mechanics Tech. A.A.S. degree-$33,280 (2017-2018 Placement Report).
- Demonstrate the ability to work with others in a safe, professional, respectful, and constructive environment
- Use verbal and written information as required by the industry to effectively communicate with customers, coworkers, and employers
- Perform preventative maintenance checks and services to industry standards
- Repair vehicle systems according to industry and vehicle manufacturer specifications and standards
- Evaluate vehicle systems using manufacturers’ published diagnostics
- Demonstrate the ability to operate diagnostic and repair equipment
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Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/admissions/Pages/checklist.aspx.(2021)
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