This curriculum covers fundamental and advanced operating theories of automotive systems and components. Students learn to apply automotive operating principles and to diagnose malfunctions in automotive systems. The course work emphasizes the development of skills in service, repair, and test procedures on Chrysler vehicles and systems. Specialized service courses prepare students for advancement in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealerships. The major also prepares students to take written certification examinations (e.g., the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence examinations), vehicle safety inspection, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles certifications. Specific courses prepare the student for transfer to four-year majors, such as Automotive Technology Management.

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After Graduation

Career Opportunities

Entry-level service technicians with enhanced career opportunities for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles family of dealerships, including RAM truck, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, SRT, and Fiat.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $38,470 in May 2016. The top 10 percent earned more than $64,070.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Automobile Dealers234,570$21.52$44,770
Automotive Repair and Maintenance229,160$18.61$38,710
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores66,820$17.27$35,920
Local Government (OES Designation)17,330$24.35$50,640
Gasoline Stations14,250$17.96$37,350

Statistics reported in May 2016

Special Admissions Requirements

Prospective students should contact the program immediately after submitting an application so that the available options are explained prior to enrollment. Student must have a valid driver’s license with no moving violations. Students should have a dealer commitment to internship prior to enrollment. Assistance with obtaining a dealer sponsor is available through the program coordinators.

Internship Requirement

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Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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Performance Standards

Performance standards for successful completion of all CAP-designated courses follow established College guidelines. Additional performance standards established by the Chrysler Group will be used to determine if factory training credit has been earned through the Chrysler Academy. The Mopar CAP instructor will monitor student progress during the program.

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