Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

  • Automotive Mechanics


    Program Description

    Yesterday's automobiles were simple and fun. Backyard muscle car mechanics were plentiful back then, but really well-trained professional technicians with the skills to straighten out those really tough problems have always been scarce.

    Today's automobiles are still fun, but they aren't simple any more. And, while backyard mechanics are still around, they are fewer in number, and well-trained technicians are increasingly hard to find. One aftermarket service magazine puts the shortage of competent techs in the United States at more than one million, and as many as 15,000 new positions are opening yearly.

    At LBW Community College we strive to train students to become qualified, successful auto technicians by providing knowledge and capability, primarily through hands-on work, but also through interactive classroom and virtual vehicle experiences.

    Technical Requirements

    • Fundamentals of Automotive Technology
    • Electrical Fundamentals
    • Electrical and Electronic Systems 
    • Braking Systems
    • Steering and Suspension
    • Special Topics I and II
    • Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning
    • Drive Train and Axles
    • Engine Repair I and II
    • Automotive Emissions
    • Automotive Engines
    • Advanced Automotive Engines
    • Manual Transmission/Transaxle
    • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
    • Engine Performance and Diagnostics

    General Education Requirements

    • Introductory Technical English I
    • Introductory Mathematics I
    • Oral Communication Skills
    • Introductory Computer Skills II
    • Orientation

    Total Credit Hours - 60

    Estimated Salary

    According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, median hourly earnings of automotive service technicians and mechanics in 2019 was $20.24. The top 10 percent earned more than $68,880. Dealership technicians are often paid in conjunction with a commission based system that can vary by employer.

    Job Opportunities

    According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, job opportunities in this occupation are expected to be very good for persons who complete automotive training programs, and opportunities are expected to remain steady through 2028.

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    Program Features

    Electronic diagnostic equipment includes Oscilloscopes, contemporary scan tools, sophisticated electrical test platforms. Contemporary vehicles and powertrain components challenge students with required training exercises and live work experience, not only in powertrain repair, but also in electronic systems, fuel injection, and engine performance. PC based automotive information retrieval systems such as Alldata and Identifix provide students with comprehensive access to shop manuals and bulletins on both import and domestic vehicles marketed in the United States from 1982 to the present model year.


    ASE Education Foundation
    1503 Edwards Ferry Rd., NE
    Suite 401
    Leesburg, VA 20176
    Phone: 703-669-6650