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Mechanics & Repairers

222 Associate's Degrees Annually
#42 in Popularity (Associate's)

Types of Degrees Mechanics & Repairers Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many mechanics and repairers graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 222
Undergraduate Certificate 214
Basic Certificate 69

What Mechanics & Repairers Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to mechanical repair and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Mechanical Repair Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Mechanical Repair Majors

mechanical repair majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Mechanics & Repairers?

222 Associate's Degrees Annually
24% Percent Women
14% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Mechanics and Repairers runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #42 out of all the trade school majors we track. In 2019, about 222 graduates completed their associate’s degree in this field. This major tends to be male dominated. About 76% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of mechanical repair majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Mechanical Repair Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 9
White 162
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 35

Online Mechanics & Repairers Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 schools offered some type of mechanics and repairers program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 5 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 9 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 13 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 5 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to mechanical repair.

Major Number of Grads
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 65,998
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 19,885
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 9,325
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 8,889
Precision Systems Maintenance 1,816
Mechanic & Repair Tech (Other) 1,017

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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