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What about a career in automotive technology?

Program Description – The automotive technology program is designed to provide students with introductory training in systems such as engines, fuel, on-board computers, transmissions, steering, suspension and brakes.  Knowledge of the various systems is used to develop skills in troubleshooting, performing preventive maintenance, and servicing and repairing automobiles.

  • Significant Points
  • Automotive service technicians and mechanics must continually adapt to changing technology and repair techniques as vehicle components and systems become increasingly sophisticated.
  • Formal automotive technician training is the best preparation for these challenging technology-based jobs.
  • Opportunities should be very good for automotive service technicians and mechanics with diagnostic and problem-solving skills, knowledge of electronics and mathematics, and mechanical aptitude.
  • The 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.
  • Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to increase 14 percent between 2006 and 2016, compared to 10 percent for all occupations. It will add a large number of new jobs, about 110,000, over the decade.
  • 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.
  • Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos181.htm (visited July 14, 2008).

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY Michael Armstrong, Instructor – E-mail: MikeO.Armstrong@ky.gov

Garrard County Area Technology Center306 West Maple Avenue

Lancaster, KY 40444

(859) 792-2144 Phone

(859) 792-4058 FaxPrincipal: James Alford

Office of Career and Technical Education – Education and Workforce Development Cabinet - EEO - M/F/D