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YAATC Program

The Ford Youth and Adult Automotive Training Center (YAATC) Program:

Ford Youth and Adult Automotive Training Center (YAATC) repair technicians know the skills required to perform regular maintenance, light repairs and parts installation on all types of Ford, Lincoln, Mercury automobiles and light trucks. Successful students in this program will achieve Ford Motor Companys Maintenance and Light Repair certification, which includes:

  • Electrical Systems
  • Brakes
  • Climate control
  • Steering
  • Suspension and Alignment

A trained and certified light line technician is an expert in diagnosing and solving problems with a keen eye for details. If you are mechanically inclined and interested in an accelerated program, the Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) curriculum will get you into the field of automotive technology quickly.

Hands on Training:

This 12-month program, offered at Texas State Technical College, has been developed by Ford Motor Company to prepare students with the basic skills necessary to gain employment as a Maintenance and Light Repair Technician. Nearly 50 percent of the training is hands-on.

Length of Study:

The core program is designed to be completed in 12 months of full time-study. The program is offered at the Texas State Technical College Harlingen.

Employment Opportunities:

This program was initiated by Ford Motor Company and its dealers to address the national shortage of trained dealer technicians industry-wide. Dealers in partnership with this program offer co-op opportunities and full-time employment opportunities upon completion.

Job Outlook:

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for automotive technicians are expected to remain plentiful, especially for those with formal training. The reported shortage nationwide in 1998 was 60,000, and this number grows annually by approximately 15,000.

As the number of drivers on the road continues to increase, automotive service occupations will continue to grow.

Earning Potential:

Technicians in the Texas area earn approximately $25,000-$80,000 per year. Salaries vary depending upon experience, training and geographical location.

Career Advancement:

Experienced Maintenance and Light Repair technicians may advance to a Master Certified Technician, supervisory or managerial positions, or may continue their education to specialize in other areas of the automotive field. Students will earn 38 college credits through the MLR Program.

Entry Level Requirements:

A high school diploma or GED is required for admission, but if you do not hold one, remediation is provided to students interested in this program. Candidates must be drug-free.

Anyone wishing to apply for entrance to the MLR certification program should contact the department chair at (956) 364-4576

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