Monroe Community College Opens New Auto Tech Lab
Rochester Chamber Partner member Monroe Community College celebrated the grand opening of its new high-tech automotive technology laboratory and recognized local partners who helped make the facility possible.
The new lab in MCC’s Applied Technologies Center features the latest technology, similar to that found in the workplace, to prepare students for high-demand careers as automotive technicians. The lab provides room for students to work on six vehicles at a time and allows for more aspiring technicians to pursue an associate degree or certificate in MCC’s Automotive Training Apprentice Program. In the past, students shared a lab with those in other automotive programs and classes were held only in the evening. The opening of the new lab allows MCC to train up to 40 more students a year.
MCC’s Automotive Training Apprentice Program combines learning in the classroom and lab and gaining practical experience at a local auto business. Students gain skills and knowledge in computer technology, electrical components, emissions controls, steering and suspension, and heating and air conditioning. Program graduates immediately enter the workforce as entry-level service technicians.
Employers in the automotive service industry are experiencing a shortage of qualified entry-level service technicians. The number of automotive technician positions is projected to increase by more than 60,000 statewide between 2012 and 2022, of which 233 job openings are expected in the Finger Lakes region, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.