Major Overview

Do you love to work on cars? Major in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair in order to gain technical knowledge and skills in maintenance, repairs, adjustment, and part replacement to vehicles or other mobile equipment.

You may be able to choose a concentration in this major in subjects like Diesel Mechanics Technology, Aircraft Powerplant Technology, Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair, Heavy Vehicle and Trunk Technology, Alternative Fuel Vehicles Technology, Marine Maintenance/ Fitter and Ship Repair Technology, and Vehicle Emission Inspection.

In addition to classes in your chosen concentration, you will take courses in engine repair, suspension and steering, automotive electricity and electronics, diagnostic techniques, and mechanics. This major is commonly offered as a certification, however can be earned as an associate's.

Required Skills

Students should have an inquisitive mind and enjoy learning how things work. You will be learning the mechanics and diagnostics behind a variety of machines. This is a job that is never boring for those who enjoy working with their hands.

Problem solving Customer-service skills will aid you greatly in the field. You will often be working directly with clients, and need to be able to explain complex problems clearly.

Most programs include apprenticeships where you will be able to gain work experience and learn the fundamentals first hand. This involves working with professionals in the field.

Career

Individuals who have completed a program in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair are prepared to work with a variety of vehicles. They may become heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and work to maintain, repair, and inspect vehicles and machinery in transportation, construction, and other industries. The job outlook for these professionals is growing at a faster than average rate. Other jobs graduates go into are heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians, aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians, diesel service technicians and mechanics, aerospace engineer technicians, and mechanics.

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Example Careers

Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair might open up.

Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers
Automotive Body and Related Repairers
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Avionics Technicians
Bicycle Repairers
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage
Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians
Motorcycle Mechanics
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics
Painters, Transportation Equipment
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians
Salary data is estimated by College Factual using 2013 data provided by PayScale.
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