What skills do students learn in this program?
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 receive an Automotive Technology associate degree that qualifies them as entry-level technicians. Students in the Automotive Technology associate degree program gain skills in engine/performance diagnosis and repair, suspension and steering diagnosis and repair, brake diagnosis and repair, electrical/electronic systems diagnosis and repair, heating/air conditioning diagnosis and repair, transmission diagnosis and repair, and shop safety.
What types of students thrive in the program and in this career field? Those who:
- are detail-oriented
- like to work with their hands
- work well in fast-paced environment
- have good problem-solving skills
- understand the importance of good customer service skills
What types of jobs are available to graduates of this program? Where can they work?
Graduates may find employment as automotive technicians qualified in the following service areas: automatic and manual transmission, engine repair, engine performance, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, and heating/air conditioning, parts sales, service writing, service advising or as a shop owner.