What is Automotive Technology
Instruction in systems such a engines, fuel, on-board computers, transmissions, steering, suspension, and brakes is the basis for this program.
The Automotive Technician option provides knowledge of the various systems used to develop skills in troubleshooting, performing preventative maintenance, servicing and repairing automobiles. The program, which is designed to be completed in two years, prepares graduates for entry-level service technician jobs in the auto repair industry. The student may be provided a work-study experience alternating between periods of work on-site and work in a classroom-laboratory setting.
What are my career choices?
Demand for technicians will grow as the number of vehicles in operation increases, reflecting continued growth in the driving age population and in the number of multi-car families. This means you will have a variety of employment opportunities. Persons trained in automotive repair can expect to find employment in new car dealerships, government and independent fleets, as well as independent and franchised repair facilities.
Median hourly wage-and-salary earnings of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, were $16.24 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.96 and $21.56 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.17 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $27.22 per hour. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of service technicians were as follows: Local government, excluding schools $19.07; automobile dealers $18.85; automotive repair and maintenance $14.55; gasoline stations $14.51; automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores $14.38.
Many experienced technicians employed by automobile dealers and independent repair shops receive a commission related to the labor cost charged to the customer. Of course, weekly earnings depend on the amount of work completed; however, most employers guarantee certified technicians a minimum weekly salary.
What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?
- Automotive Technician: 61-64 credit hours
- Automotive Air Conditioning Mechanic: 4 credit hours
- Automotive Electrician: 10 credit hours
- Manual Transmission/Drive Train Technician: 5 credit hours
- Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Technician: 5 credit hours
- Brake Repairer: 5 credit hours
- Engine Repairer: 5 credit hours
- Front End Mechanic: 5 credit hours
- Tune-up Mechanic: 25 credit hours
To see a complete course listing for each credential use the KCTCS Course Catalog.
This program has no special admission requirements.
Length of Program
You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.