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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.

Michigan Auto Mechanic Schools

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:

  • Northwestern Michigan College: The Master Automotive Technician program at NWMC aims to prepare students for ASE and Michigan master technician certification exams in eight areas of concentration. The program typically takes four semesters to complete over the course of two years.

  • Macomb Community College: The automotive technology program at MCC culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates are also offered options for transferring into four-year technical degree programs at other colleges and universities in Michigan.

  • Kirtland Community College: Kirtland College offers associate degree programs in both Automotive Technology and Automotive Management. The school also has certificate programs in Automotive Master Technician and Automotive Diesel Service Specialist.

  • Henry Ford College: HFCC offers an AAS degree program that includes both automotive technology coursework and general education requirements.

  • Ferris State University: Ferris State offers an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Service Technology. The school also has supplementary certificate programs in Performance Motorsports and Performance Machining. Graduates of the program have the option of continuing to a four-year bachelor's program in Automotive Engineering Technology, Automotive Management, or Technical Education.

  • Washtenaw Community College: WCC offers an Automotive Services Technician certificate program. It is designed to prepare students for ASE certification exams or State of Michigan mechanic certification.

  • Grand Rapids Community College: The AAS program at GRCC aims to both prepare students to work in the field and successfully complete ASE or Michigan certification exams.

What to Expect from Michigan Auto Mechanic Programs

Generally speaking, automotive technology programs instruct students in the maintenance and repair of major automotive systems. Areas of focus typically include:

  • Engines
  • Transmissions
  • Brakes
  • Suspension
  • Steering
  • Electronics/electrical systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Emissions control systems
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Safety equipment

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.

Michigan Auto Mechanic Licensing and Certification

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.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Michigan

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More Michigan 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
Alpena
Associate
2,058
Berrien Springs
Doctorate & First Professional
3,221
Escanaba
Associate
2,203
Mount Pleasant
Doctorate
26,611
University Center
Associate
10,406
Big Rapids
Doctorate
13,087
Centreville
Associate
1,383
Ironwood
Associate
975
Grand Rapids
Associate
15,212
Dearborn
Associate
13,983
Jackson
Associate
6,173
Kalamazoo
Associate
11,113
Roscommon
Associate
1,897
Lansing
Associate
19,465
Warren
Associate
22,081
Harrison
Associate
3,918
Monroe
Associate
4,433
Sidney
Associate
2,717
Flint
Associate
10,455
Muskegon
Associate
4,711
Marquette
Masters
9,358
Traverse City
Associate
4,499
Bloomfield Hills
Associate
24,532
Adrian
Masters
2,161
Dowagiac
Associate
2,494
Ann Arbor
Associate
12,068
Detroit
Associate
20,504

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

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.

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
Battle Creek 300 $32,540
Ann Arbor 620 $56,820
Bay City 150 $36,790
Jackson 260 $32,390
Detroit 9720 $41,520
Warren 9720 $41,520
Dearborn 9720 $41,520
Flint 830 $32,180
Grand Rapids 2320 $38,330
Wyoming 2320 $38,330
Saginaw 480 $29,720
Lansing 860 $41,980
East Lansing 860 $41,980
Kalamazoo 730 $33,370
Portage 730 $33,370
Midland 160 $28,770
Monroe 260 $30,990
Muskegon 420 $27,550
Niles 340 $39,170
Benton Harbor 340 $39,170

Sources:

  1. Master Automotive Technician, Northwestern Michigan College, https://www.nmc.edu/programs/academic-programs/automotive-master-automotive-technician/index.html
  2. Automotive Technology, Macomb Community College, http://www.macomb.edu/future-students/choose-program/automotive-technology/index.html
  3. Automotive Technology Degrees, Kirkland Community College, http://www.kirtland.edu/programs-we-offer/automotive-technology-degrees
  4. Automotive Technology, Henry Ford College, https://www.hfcc.edu/catalog/programs/2563
  5. Automotive Service Technology, Ferris State University, http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/technolo/auto-heet/aucv/homepage.htm
  6. Automotive Services Technician, Washtenaw Community College, http://www.wccnet.edu/academics/programs/view/program/CTASVT/
  7. Automotive, Grand Rapids Community College, http://www.grcc.edu/automotive

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