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Automotive technology programs help prepare students to work in the auto repair and maintenance fields. Graduates typically go on to work as service technicians, service advisors, or supervisors in independent repair shops, dealership service departments, or corporate fleet-maintenance facilities. In general, professional service technicians are responsible for the diagnosis and repair of car and light truck problems, as well as preventive maintenance. Some service techs may also be tasked with handling customer service and shop administrative duties.

Maryland Auto Mechanic Schools

Students interested in pursuing a formal education in automotive technology can find several options available from Maine schools. The following colleges all offer training in the field:

  • Community College of Baltimore County: The automotive technology program at CCBC offers two different tracks that award graduates with an Associate of Applied Science degree. The Global Option is a general auto technology track that prepares students to work with all types of modern vehicles. The Manufacturer-Specific track partners with one of three different manufacturers -- Ford, General Motors, or Toyota -- and focuses on vehicle from that manufacturer. The school also offers certificate programs in eight different areas of specialization.

  • Montgomery College: The program at Montgomery College offers a two-year AAS option in automotive technology, as well as certification programs in four different concentration areas: automotive electrical systems specialist, engine performance specialist, powertrain specialist, and undercar specialist.

  • Prince George's Community College: PGCC offers certificate programs in eight concentration areas. The courses are designed for beginning and intermediate students, and are aimed at preparing students for ASE certification exams.

  • Cecil College: Cecil College also offers courses intended to prepare students for ASE exams. Topic areas include engine repair, engine performance, brake systems, electrical systems, and suspension and steering.

What to Expect from Maryland Auto Mechanic Programs

In a comprehensive automotive technology program, students should expect to receive both classroom instruction and hands-on training covering all of the major components of modern vehicles, including:

  • Engines and powertrains
  • Transmissions and transaxles
  • Brakes
  • Suspension and steering
  • Electronics and electrical systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Emissions and exhaust systems
  • Air conditioning systems
  • Safety systems

Hands-on training in these programs may take place at a campus-based garage or actual automotive repair facility. Some programs even offer internship opportunities at local auto shops, allowing students to gain valuable job experience while they complete their studies.

Maryland Auto Mechanic Certification

There is no licensing requirement for auto technicians in Maryland. However, some employers may require that job candidates possess a degree or certificate in order to qualify for employment.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) awards a certification to experienced auto technicians who pass the ASE certification exam. In order to qualify for the test, techs must have at least two years of on-the-job experience, or a combination of one year one-the-job experience and a two-year degree from an accredited automotive tech program. ASE grants accreditation through its National Automotive Technician Education Foundation to auto tech programs that meet its curriculum standards.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Maryland

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More Maryland 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
Cumberland
Associate
3,778
Rockville
Associate
23,866
Baltimore
Associate
19,426

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Maryland. 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
Baltimore 5710 $46,450
Columbia 5710 $46,450
Towson 5710 $46,450
California 170 $40,090
Lexington Park 170 $40,090

Sources:

  1. Automotive Technology, Community College of Baltimore County, http://www.ccbcmd.edu/Programs-and-Courses-Finder/program/automotive-technology-manufacturer-specific-options
  2. Automotive Technology, Montgomery College, http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/EDU/Department2.aspx?id=21424
  3. Automotive Technology, Prince George's Community College, http://www.pgcc.edu/Programs_and_Courses/Noncredit/Continuing_Education_Program_Detail.aspx?id=6442462819
  4. Automotive Technology, Cecil College, http://www.cecil.edu/Continuing-Education/Career-Training-and-Certifications/Pages/Automotive-Technician.aspx

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