How to Choose a Transmission Mechanics School

Transmission mechanics or technicians specialize in repairing and maintaining the hydraulic pumps, couplings and gear trains of transmission systems. Training programs are available at many 2-year vocational and technical colleges. Read on for tips on selecting a school for your transmission mechanics studies.

Students can study automotive technology and prepare for on-the-job training as transmission mechanics through certificate programs in transmission repair, or through diploma and associate degree programs in automotive technology. Many two-year colleges offer programs in this discipline.

10 Schools with Automotive Technology Programs

Automotive technology programs are offered at the institutions listed here.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $4,920; In-state $9,360; Out-of-state $13,800
Spokane Community College Spokane, WA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $3,388; Out-of-state $8,726
Macomb Community College Warren, MI 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $3,169; In-state $4,945; Out-of-state $6,641
Southeast Community College Lincoln, NE 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $3,218; Out-of-state $3,932
Pima Community College Tucson, AZ 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $1,974; Out-of-state $8,610
Middlesex Community College Bedford, MA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $4,514; Out-of-state $9,458
Eastern Iowa Community College Davenport, IA 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma, Associate's In-state $4,480; Out-of-state $6,624
Dallas County Community College Dallas County, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $708 for a full semester for Dallas County residents(2016-2017)
Glendale Community College Glendale, CA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $1,175; Out-of-state $5,855
Bronx Community College Bronx, NY 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $5,206; Out-of-state $8,086

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites

School Selection Criteria

There are a number of things to consider when choosing a transmission mechanic program.

  • Length of program ranges from a certificate program that lasts as few as three classes to diploma and associate degree programs which are much more comprehensive and last much longer.
  • Prospective students may wish to investigate the training facilities a school offers to determine if they are up-to-date and train students in technology relevant to the current job market.
  • Programs that allow for internships with local mechanics and transmission specialists could also offer relevant experience and help students develop professional connections.
  • Some schools may offer interview and resume preparation assistance for graduates seeking employment, which may be an asset to their graduates.

Certificate in Transmission Repair

Certificate programs in transmission repair can generally be completed in one year or less. Some programs also include the study of automotive technology and electrical systems. In addition to learning about automatic and manual transmissions, students might take courses covering brake systems, electronic systems and drivetrain systems.

Diploma in Automotive Technology

Diploma programs in automotive technology can be completed in 1-2 years. An internship may be required for completion.

Associate Degree in Automotive Technology

Associate degree programs can be completed in two years, and coursework often transfers directly into bachelor's degree programs. This program is designed to prepare graduates to work as mechanics, service managers and in other positions at dealerships and automotive service centers. General coursework and practical experiences, such as internships, are commonly required; many programs require as much as 1,800 hours of classroom and practical training combined.

Automotive technology programs are offered by many two-year public colleges across the country. It's possible to complete a certificate, diploma, or associate's degree to prepare to enter the workforce as a transmission mechanic.

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