Automotive technology programs help prepare students for careers in auto repair facilities, dealership service departments, or corporate maintenance facilities. Job responsibilities for service technicians typically include the diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of cars and light trucks. In Michigan, these professionals must be certified by the state in order to perform automotive diagnostic and repair work. Fortunately, most automotive technology programs are designed to prepare students for the appropriate certification exams.
Students in Michigan have a number of options to choose from when it comes to pursuing a formal education in automotive technology. The following is a list of schools that offer training programs in the field:
Generally speaking, automotive technology programs instruct students in the maintenance and repair of major automotive systems. Areas of focus typically include:
Along with classroom-based lessons, students should expect to participate in hands-on training exercises, which involve working on actual vehicles or automotive systems. Some schools even offer students the chance to take on internships at local auto body shops, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience while they finish their studies.
Employees of automotive service facilities in Michigan must be properly certified for the types of diagnostic and repair work they do. The state administers mechanic certification exams that, when successfully completed, allow service technicians to perform the covered types of work in the state.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence also administers certification for technicians. Known as ASE certifications, some of these credentials may stand in for Michigan state certifications, but not all ASE certifications are directly transferable. The conversion table linked to below outlines which ASE certifications are recognized by Michigan as comparable to their state-issued credentials.
Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Michigan are listed below.
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This list also contains online schools that accept students from Michigan.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Alpena Community College||Alpena||Associate||2,058|
|Andrews University||Berrien Springs||Doctorate & First Professional||3,221|
|Bay de Noc Community College||Escanaba||Associate||2,203|
|Central Michigan University||Mount Pleasant||Doctorate||26,611|
|Delta College||University Center||Associate||10,406|
|Ferris State University||Big Rapids||Doctorate||13,087|
|Glen Oaks Community College||Centreville||Associate||1,383|
|Gogebic Community College||Ironwood||Associate||975|
|Grand Rapids Community College||Grand Rapids||Associate||15,212|
|Henry Ford Community College||Dearborn||Associate||13,983|
|Josephs College of Beauty||Jackson||Associate||6,173|
|Kalamazoo Valley Community College||Kalamazoo||Associate||11,113|
|Kirtland Community College||Roscommon||Associate||1,897|
|Lansing Community College||Lansing||Associate||19,465|
|Macomb Community College||Warren||Associate||22,081|
|Mid Michigan Community College||Harrison||Associate||3,918|
|Monroe County Community College||Monroe||Associate||4,433|
|Montcalm Community College||Sidney||Associate||2,717|
|Mott Community College||Flint||Associate||10,455|
|Muskegon Community College||Muskegon||Associate||4,711|
|Northern Michigan University||Marquette||Masters||9,358|
|Northwestern Michigan College||Traverse City||Associate||4,499|
|Oakland Community College||Bloomfield Hills||Associate||24,532|
|Siena Heights University||Adrian||Masters||2,161|
|Southwestern Michigan College||Dowagiac||Associate||2,494|
|Washtenaw Community College||Ann Arbor||Associate||12,068|
|Wayne County Community College District||Detroit||Associate||20,504|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Michigan. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Automotive Mechanics relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.
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