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The AAS Program offers two paths of study that students can follow: Mopar Career Automotive Program (MCAP) and the Comprehensive Program. Students who choose MCAP will complete Fiat/Chrysler-specific course material and secure a position at a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram or Fiat dealership as an apprentice technician, during a series of required internships. Students that choose the Comprehensive Program will learn theory, operation, diagnosis, and service of systems not specific to any particular vehicle or manufacturer. Comprehensive students will complete internship requirements at an approved independent, franchise, or new car dealership repair facility.
Mercer offers an affordable way for students to obtain an in-depth education in Automotive Technology, and affords the students small class sizes lead by experienced, factory-trained professors. The Automotive Technology Program and its affiliation with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, formerly Chrysler Group LLC, has been in existence since 1986. Students benefit from the college’s long-term commitment to student learning and the relationship built with the local industry. Mercer relationship with over forty local repair shops and dealership offers qualified students an almost guaranteed path to employment.
There are many reasons to join these excellent programs. First and foremost is the fact that a successful candidate will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Many other schools award their students a Certificate of Completion. Someone that holds a Certificate of Completion may find it very difficult to advance their career, in the event that they decide to move into another area of study or even into a management position within the automotive industry, months or even years after graduation. In addition, the financial cost of the Certificate of Completion Programs is on the rise, making Mercer a more affordable option. Since Mercer awards its automotive graduates an Associate of Applied Science Degree at an affordable price, the right choice is obvious.
The required internships allow the student to work and earn money while they learn the trade. This invaluable work experience allows the student to gain an insiders view into the daily operations of a dealership or repair facility, as well as interact with customers, experienced service technicians, and vehicle manufacturers. This is undoubtedly a beneficial situation for everyone involved, and by far the best way for an aspiring technician to start on the right path to a rewarding career. Classroom learning paired with hands-on exposure in a live repair facility, has proven itself to be the best way to transform a college student into a well-trained, employable technician with a strong work ethic. In a new partnership, Haldeman Automotive Group provides the enhanced benefits of tool purchase and tuition assistance programs. Qualifying students can complete their required internships at any one of four Haldeman locations: Haldeman Lexus of Princeton, Haldeman Subaru, and either of the two Haldeman Ford dealerships.
While many graduates remain working as service technicians their whole career, a large number of graduates have gone on to other positions within the automotive field. Advancement opportunities include shop foreman, assistant service manager, service manager, service director, shop owner, secondary and post-secondary automotive educator, and various positions within a vehicle manufacturer or aftermarket company. Ultimately, your destiny is in your own hands. Mercer welcomes the opportunity to tell you more about what the school has to offer. At Mercer County Community College, successful technicians are born here!
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