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How Long is Auto Mechanic School?

How Long Is Auto Mechanic School

If you are doing your best to plan for your future, you may be wondering how much time will be required to pursue your education. How long is auto mechanic school? The answer to that question can vary depending on the program you are enrolled in at Automotive Training Center (ATC).

We’re here to provide the answers you’re looking for, so you can plan out your future. Continue reading to learn more about program lengths and to find out what you’ll be studying in your specialty.

How Long Is the Automotive Technology Program?

How Long Is Auto Mechanic SchoolThe Automotive Technology program takes 64 weeks to complete. You’ll spend half that time in class and the other half in the shop gaining hands-on training. You will learn how to repair and maintain transmissions, engines, brakes, and other key components, so you’ll have the training and experience you need to become a professional automotive technician.

At ATC, we want your future goals to fit right into your lifestyle. If you’re considering a career change and want to take classes at night while working another job during the day, you can take our Automotive Technology classes program in the evening. These classes can be completed in 84 weeks.

The following courses are at the core of the program:

  • Manual Drivetrain & Axles
  • Electrical Systems
  • Air Conditioning & Heating
  • Engine Repair
  • Suspension & Steering

You will also learn more about braking systems in the Automotive Technology program. You will get to work on hydraulic and parking brakes and diagnose problems in power brake boosters. You will also discover how an anti-lock brake system works and how to fix it.

How Long Does it Take to Complete the Hi-Performance Program?

In 80 weeks, students will complete the Automotive and Hi-Performance Technology program. After you’ve done so, you’ll have a better understanding of automotive engine principles and how to get the most out of an engine.

This program includes the following courses:

  • Brakes
  • Engine Repair
  • Electrical Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Computer Controls & Electronic Diagnostics
  • Machine Shop

Learn all about hi-performance engines and how to recondition them while preparing them for assembly. You will get to see how engine components like crankshafts, cylinder heads, and camshafts work together, so when it comes time to build your own engine, you’ll be the expert in the room.

We will also show you how to use a chassis dynamometer. It will help you measure engine characteristics, so you can get a clear picture of how much power you’re getting. Our machine is accurate and provides real-world ratings.

What Does it Take to Become a Diesel Mechanic?

If you are intrigued by diesel engines, then you may want to explore the heavy-duty engines in our Diesel Technology program. Manufacturers and dealerships are always looking for diesel technicians with extensive knowledge. In just 80 weeks, you can complete the diesel program at ATC and have the training required to become one of these sought-after diesel technicians.

The Diesel Engines and Diesel Fuel Systems courses are hallmarks of this program. Students will get hands-on experience with 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines from name brands like Cummins, Mitsubishi, and Caterpillar.

The other courses included in this program are:

  • Manual Drivetrain & Axles
  • Brakes
  • Engine Repair

Once you complete our 80-week Diesel Technology program, there will be several careers that you can pursue. One path to follow would be that of a fleet technician. They work with organizations that have a large number of diesel trucks. In this role, there is the chance to work with police and fire vehicles, construction equipment, and even refuse trucks.

Collision Reconditioning Technology: What’s the Program Length?

How Long Is Auto Mechanic School Collision RepairIf a vehicle is in an accident, it may need repairs. As a collision technician, you will provide these repairs to area drivers. The Collision Reconditioning Technology program is completed in 64 weeks. You’ll be learning from ASE and I-CAR certified instructors and will work on live vehicles, making actual repairs.

These courses are taught as part of this program:

  • Welding & Non-Structural Damage Repair
  • Surface Preparation
  • Structural Damage Repair
  • Painting & Refinishing
  • Cost Estimating & Damage Repair

In the shop, you will get to gain experience with painting and refinishing. Through color matching, shading, and blending, you’ll get an eye for the fine details. We will also show you how to create custom colors and protect paint jobs from dust and road debris.

Exterior repairs only scratch the surface of this program. You will also learn how to make general auto repairs in our Collision Reconditioning Technology program. Why? After a collision, underlying issues with the engine, air conditioning, and electrical systems may be present. This will make you a more valuable asset to collision shops that like to keep all repairs in-house.

How Many Weeks Does it Take to Complete the Marine Program?

In our marine mechanic school, you’ll learn about the top manufacturers in the industry like Mercury Marine, Honda, and Yamaha. You will gain experience both in the classroom and in the shop, working on engines and repairing key marine systems and sub-systems so they run efficiently for years to come.

The Marine Service Technology program takes 40 weeks to complete. If you’ve thought about a career on the water, you will take the following courses:

  • Engine Repair
  • Diesel Fuel Systems
  • Marine Electrical & Air Conditioning Systems
  • Marine Mechanical Systems
  • Marine Engine Performance

Disassemble and reassemble inboard and outboard engines, gain a better understanding of marine batteries, and practice repairs on marine exhaust systems. It’s all part of the marine program here at ATC.

We want to make sure students receive the most up-to-date training that they can apply to the marine service industry. That’s why we work the ABYC (American Boat & Yacht Council) Standards into our in-class and in-shop learning. You will also receive the Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate with this program, so you’ll be one step ahead of the game.

What’s in Store for You at ATC?

Now that you have a better idea of how long each program takes to complete at ATC, get in touch with our staff to schedule a campus tour. We’ll show you around and explain the next steps to applying for what may become your next career!

Let’s see where your career path will lead!

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