MCTC Automotive Program Steers Students to Great Jobs

People learn in different ways but I need hands on. If this sounds like you, then you have something in common with Joe Brown, Automotive Technology student at the Rowan Campus of Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC). He lives in Mason County but commutes to Morehead each week.

Brown emphasizes, If you like a challenge then try this field. Its always changing. Ive worked on so many different types of cars. In class weve built motors, put on brakes and everything. Youll know how to fix cars going through this program and you can get a good job. Ive learned a lot from Tony.

Hes referring to Tony Wallace, Coordinator of MCTCs Automotive Technology program in Morehead. Tony has directed and taught in this program since 1999. Tony had worked at machine shops and auto dealerships from the age of 16. Before joining MCTC he operated his own garage for 15 years. When asked about his teaching style he states, I just talk about what I know and what Ive done for most of my life starting with the very basics.

MCTCs Automotive Technology program is a certified National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) training program. With the global emphasis on reducing the dependency on oil Tony stresses the importance of students understanding how to work on hybrid cars. Students need to learn how to fix hybrids and do it safely. The program recently purchased a 2011 Toyota Hybrid and it will soon be included in the academic curriculum.

The program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree as well as a diploma and eight certificates. The majority of graduates are employed within Morehead and the surrounding areas, including Mt. Sterling, Winchester, Lexington and West Liberty. According to Tony, Graduates starting out in this field can average $15 per hour flat rate as technicians.

MCTCs Automotive Technology program takes two years to complete. Students study eleven basic categories including engine repair, manual and automotive transmissions, basic automotive electricity, computer control systems, climate control and emission systems. Each semester focuses on three of these areas.

Automotive student and Columbus, Ohio native Josh Feasel sums it up, You get out of it what you want out of it. Tony lets us diagnose each vehicle that comes into the shop. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to work in the auto industry. Its hands on. You tear stuff apart and learn all the basics.

When asked his perspective on finding a job in this field Josh states, If you work hard and commit to this program, then Tony will find a job for you. Josh will graduate from MCTC in May.

If you would like to learn more about MCTCs Automotive Technology program, contact Tony Wallace at 606-783-1538 or 606-759-7141 extension 66346. You can also email him.