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Program Description

The Automotive Technology program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the automotive service and repair profession. Learning opportunities enable students to develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of automotive mechanics theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates will receive an Auto Technology diploma that qualifies them as well rounded entry-level technicians.

Nature of the Work

Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that run on gasoline, electricity,
or alternative fuels, such as ethanol.They perform basic care maintenance, such as oil changes and tire rotations, diagnose more complex problems, and plan and execute vehicle repairs.

Automotive service technicians’ and mechanics’ responsibilities have evolved from simple mechanical repairs to high-level technology- related work.Today, integrated electronic systems and complex computers regulate vehicles and their performance while on the road.This increasing sophistication of automobiles requires workers who can use computerized shop equipment and work with electronic components while maintaining their skills with traditional hand tools.Technicians must have an increasingly broad knowledge of how vehicles’ complex components work and interact.They also must be able to work with electronic diagnostic equipment and digital manuals and reference materials.

Employment

Automotive service technicians and mechanics held about 763,700 jobs in 2008.Automotive repair and maintenance shops and automobile dealers employed the majority of these workers, with 31 percent working in shops and 28 percent employed by dealers.

Job Outlook

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to increase by 5 percent between 2008 and 2018, slower than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the number of vehicles in use in the United States will lead to new jobs for workers performing basic car maintenance and repair. More entry-level workers will be needed to perform these services, such as oil changes and replacing worn brakes. Additionally, the average lifespan of vehicles is increasing, which will further increase the demand for repair services, especially post-warranty work.The increasing use of advanced technology in automobiles will also lead to new opportunities for repair technicians, especially those with specialized skills or certifications.Workers with expertise in certain makes or models of vehicles, or with an advanced understanding of certain systems, such as hybrid-fuel technology, will be in demand.

Earnings

Median hourly wages of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, were $16.88 in May 2008.The middle 50 percent earned between $12.44 and $22.64 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.56, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $28.71 per hour.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos181.htm.


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There are no available degrees at this time, please check back with us regularly as new programs are added regularly.


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Automotive Technology Diploma (45 hrs)
core courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development
2
 
Automotive Technology
occupational courses
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
AUTT 1010 Automotive Technology Intro
2
AUTT 1020 Automotive Electrical Systems
7
AUTT 1030 Automotive Brake Systems
4
AUTT 1040 Automotive Engine Performance
7
AUTT 1050 Auto Suspension&Steering Syst
4
AUTT 1060 Automotive Climate Ctrl Syst
5
AUTT 2010 Automotive Engine Repair
6
AUTT 2020 Auto Manual Drive Train&Axles
4
AUTT 2030 Automatic Transmiss&Transaxles
5
 


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Automotive Climate Control Technician
AUTT 1010 Automotive Technology Intro
2
AUTT 1020 Automotive Electrical Systems
7
AUTT 1060 Automotive Climate Ctrl Syst
5
 
Automotive Chassis Technician Specialist: ASG1
AUTT 1010 Automotive Technology Intro
2
AUTT 1020 Automotive Electrical Systems
7
AUTT 1030 Automotive Brake Systems
4
AUTT 1050 Auto Suspension&Steering Syst
4
 
Automotive Transmission/Transaxle Tech Specialist: AA71
AUTT 1010 Automotive Technology Intro
2
AUTT 1020 Automotive Electrical Systems
7
AUTT 2020 Auto Manual Drive Train&Axles
4
AUTT 2030 Automatic Transmiss&Transaxles
5
 




*All program information subject to change without notice.

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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

COMPASS SCORES
Min. Scores
Writing
Reading
Pre-Algebra
Algebra
Degree
Diploma
32
70
26
N/A



Instructors & Faculty

Kyle, Clifford