There are over 253 million vehicles on U.S. roads today with an average age of over 11 years old. All of them require service periodically. Close to one million men and women work at servicing these vehicles. Each year thousands of jobs become available for automotive technicians, trained to diagnose and repair the complex electronic and computer systems in today’s vehicles.
Automotive repair professionals need to have up-to-date technical information at their command. The Associate Degree program in Automotive Technology combines in-depth theory with extensive practical training in a well-equipped lab. The program is accredited by ASE Education Foundation.
Graduates of the program possess extensive knowledge of state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical/electronic and computer systems used in today’s automobiles. They have expertise in using micrometers, calipers, multimeters, engine analyzers, scan tools, torches and welders, computerized alignment systems, brake lathes and emissions analyzers. Students also learn to utilize the ALLDATA and the Mitchell On-Demand Computerized Automotive Service Information systems.
Students may also opt to enroll in the Certificate option, designed to teach specific skills and competencies. Students may enter any course with permission of instructor.
Upon graduation, students will be prepared to apply for positions in service, sales, parts and management. Job titles may include line mechanic, entry-level technician, service writer, parts counter person, assistant service manager or service manager..
As part of program requirements, both degree and certificate students must take at least two Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) national certification exams each spring, usually administered in May.
Students will be required to spend an additional $1300-2800 for tools and uniforms.