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The goal of an automotive technology program is to prepare graduates for employment as automotive service technicians. Service techs work in auto repair and maintenance jobs at auto repair shops, car dealerships, corporate fleet-maintenance facilities, or other maintenance environments. Their responsibilities typically include the use of contemporary diagnostic equipment and tools to identify and repair problems with cars and light trucks. Techs must understand maintenance and safety procedures, and in some jobs, they are expected to perform customer service and administrative duties.

Maine Auto Mechanic Schools

Students in Maine have several options when it comes to pursuing a formal education in automotive technology. The following schools offer training programs in the field:

  • Southern Maine Community College: The automotive technology program at SMCC consists of a five-semester curriculum that culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program includes hands-on laboratory courses along with general education coursework. A co-operative education component allows students to work off-campus at local auto dealerships to gain on-the-job experience.

  • Eastern Maine Community College: The program at EMCC offers both a technical certificate track and a track that gives graduates an AAS degree. The AAS program is a five-semester curriculum that can be completed in two years. The Certificate in Automotive Basic Systems is a two-semester curriculum that can be completed in one year.

  • Central Maine Community College: CMCC offers both a general automotive technology AAS program and a dealer-partnered AAS program that gives students on-the-job training through a paid internship during the program. The school also has an AAS degree in Automotive Technology Parts and Service Management.

  • Northern Maine Community College: The NMCC program offers a two-year AAS degree in automotive technology, as well as an AAS degree in automotive collision repair. The programs require six semesters of coursework, and include general education requirements in addition to automotive subject areas.

What to Expect from Maine Auto Mechanic Programs

Comprehensive automotive technology degree programs include coursework and hands-on training in all aspects of modern vehicle maintenance and repair, including:

  • Engine repair and performance
  • Automatic and manual transmissions
  • Brakes and hydraulics
  • Suspension and steering
  • Electrical systems and automotive electronics
  • Fuel and emissions systems
  • Automotive heating and air conditioning

In addition to classroom-based lessons, students can expect to participate in hands-on training exercises either at a school workshop or actual auto repair facility. This gives future auto technicians the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the program and gain experience working on real automotive systems.

Maine Auto Mechanic Certification

There is no licensing requirement for automotive technicians in Maine, however job candidates may need a certificate or degree to quality for certain positions.

Most auto tech programs are geared toward preparing students for the ASE Certification, an industry-standard credential administered by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. To qualify for the ASE exam, techs must have at least two years of on-the-job experience, or a combination of one year of experience and a two-year degree from an accredited automotive tech program. ASE accredits programs through its National Automotive Technician Education Foundation.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Maine

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More Maine Auto Mechanic Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Auburn
Associate
2,321
Bangor
Associate
1,923
Presque Isle
Associate
955
South Portland
Associate
5,113
Calais
Associate
370

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Maine. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Automotive Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Automotive Mechanics relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Bangor 480 $33,910
Lewiston 320 $30,590
Auburn 320 $30,590
Portland 1110 $44,750
South Portland 1110 $44,750

Sources:

  1. Automotive Technology, Southern Maine Community College, http://www.smccme.edu/academics-a-registration/departments-a-programs/academic-departments/automotive-technology.html
  2. Automotive Technology, Eastern Maine Community College, http://www.emcc.edu/academics/programs-of-study/automotive-technology/
  3. Automotive Technology, Central Maine Community College, http://www.cmcc.edu/academicsregistration/programsofstudy/automotivetechnology.aspx#.V8xViK1K5JI
  4. Automotive Technology, Northern Maine Community College, http://www.nmcc.edu/academics/programs/academic-programs/automotive-technology/

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