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Schools for Car Stereo Repair Technicians: How to Choose

School programs can train aspiring car stereo equipment technicians as motor vehicle electronic equipment repairers who diagnose and repair the sound and communication systems. To learn more about schools and programs that can lead to work in this field, read on.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Degrees specific to motor vehicle electronics are rare, but students interested in this career may consider several certificate programs or a degree in electronic technology, offered at various educational institutions around the country.

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10 Schools with Electronics Technology Programs

These schools offer electronics technology or technician programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-6)*
North Seattle College Seattle, WA 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $4,458 in-state, $9,693 out-of-state
Austin Community College District Austin, TX 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state
Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $2,046 in-state, $7,830 out-of-state
Pueblo Community College Pueblo, CO 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $6,761 in-state, $14,561 out-of-state
Durham Technical Community College Durham, NC 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $1,840 in-state, $6,388 out-of-state
Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $3,285 in-district, $8,878 in-state, $10,866 out-of-state
Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville, PA 2-year, Public Associate's $3,800 in-district, $7,070 in-state, $10,340 out-of-state
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $2,880 in-district, $5,280 in-state, $6,900 out-of-state
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $3,569 in-state, $11,337 out-of-state
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $1,320 in-district, $2,064 in-state, $4,920 out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

School Selection Criteria

Most stereo repair programs are offered at 2-year community, technical and vocational colleges. Here is a list of considerations:

  • Electronic technology programs generally have a broad focus, so students will need to find out whether a program provides coursework relevant to car stereos.
  • Students should look for on-campus facilities that provide hands-on experience working with tools and practicing techniques.
  • Certifications such as the Mobile Electronic Certified Professional (MECP), allow students to specialize in car stereo system technology and some schools prepare students for these certification examinations.

Certificate in Car Audio Systems, Mobile Electronic Technology or Electronic Technology

Certificate programs can be completed in less than one year. General electronic technology programs include coursework in circuitry and electronic devices. Car audio system and mobile electronic technology programs include coursework in circuitry, electric currents, and installation procedures.

Associate's Degree in Electronic Technology

Associate's degree programs require general education courses in math and English. Some programs offer a general electronic technology core and allow students to select a concentration, such as communications electronics. The number of contact hours may exceed the listed credit hours due to laboratory time and hands-on training. Specific coursework can include DC electronics theory, AC electronics theory, fundamentals of programming, and applied math for electronics.

MECP Certification

Many training programs offer basic certification exam preparation in fundamental electronic principles. Advanced and master certifications have minimum experience requirements and more advanced exams. Basic certification must be renewed after two years while advanced and master certifications are renewed every four years. The five sections on the Basic Installation Technician Exam are basic electronics and vehicle electrical systems, entry-level installation, security and convenience systems, mobile audio and video systems, and safety and in-vehicle information systems.

Programs specifically for automobile electronics repair are rare. However, car stereo repair technicians may obtain a formal education through an electronic engineering technology or industrial electronics technology program.

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