Automotive

Today’s automotive technicians are high-tech problem solvers, as cars and trucks become more complex. Learn to diagnose, maintain and repair vehicles with a career in automotive service technology. Technicians must also be able to read and understand a repair manual, communicate well with customers, and be well-versed in basic computer skills.

Automotive

Get Started

A high school diploma is the minimum requirement; however, high school graduates often need further training to be fully qualified. Jackson College offers associate degree and certificate programs in automotive service technology, as well as a specialized program from Ford Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR). Automotive technology offers a variety of credentials that can be stepping stones to allow the student to find a job in the field, while continuing work toward a full certificate or associate degree. Classroom activities provide students an opportunity to learn theory and test-taking skills to successfully pass the Michigan and/or ASE certification examinations.

Opportunities for internships and externships are available.

Job Opportunities

Automotive repair technician
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Opportunities are also available as parts representatives, parts designers, shop owners, service writers and advisors, and telephone technical assistance specialists. Work with after-market suppliers, parts management, automotive engineering, recreational industry and more.

Pay

Wages start about $20,000 per year, with median annual wages for automotive service technicians and mechanics is about $36,500.

Career Outlook

Employment is projected to grow about 9 percent in the coming years, about as fast as average.