There are over 253 million vehicles on U.S. roads today with an average age of over 11 years old. All of them periodically require service. Close to one million men and women service 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 in Applied Science degree 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 Automotive Technology degree 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.
Upon graduation, students are prepared to apply for positions in service, sales, parts, and management. Job titles include line mechanic, entry-level technician, service writer, parts counterperson, assistant service manager, or service manager.
Students may also choose to enroll in the Automotive Technology certificate, designed to teach specific skills and competencies. Students may enter any course with the instructor’s permission.
Each spring, as part of the program requirements, both degree and certificate students must take at least two Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) national exams, usually administered in May.
Students are required to spend an additional $1300-$2800 for tools and uniforms.