This sequence of programs, from Certificate, to Diploma, to the Associate in Applied Science Degree, prepares you with the technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles. The program includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, alternative fuels and heating and air conditioning systems. In a highly-equipped, state-of-the-art lab/shop environment, delivered in a mix of hands-on training and theory, students may look forward to training in the following areas:

  • Inspection, diagnosis and installation
  • Troubleshooting
  • Engine performance
  • High-tech diagnostic equipment
  • Electrical components/fundamentals
  • Engine installation
  • Maintenance
  • Customer service skills
  • Computer database technical reference system
  • Shop safety

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The job market for automotive technicians is growing, and many job openings will be created by the need to replace retiring technicians. As a graduate of any level of the PTCC Automotive Technology program, you will learn the skills to place you in a competitive position to take advantage of this growth and opportunity. Most new job openings will be available in automobile dealerships and independent repair shops where most automobile service technicians currently work. Some employers report difficulty in finding workers with the right skills; however, PTCC graduates are well-equipped with the right mix of sought-after skills, including diagnostic and problem-solving abilities, electronics training, as well as computer skills and communication skills.

The number of jobs for automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow faster than average for all occupations over the next decade. Median hourly wage-and-salary earnings of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, were $17.24 in May 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.96 and $21.56 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.17, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $27.22 per hour.

Automotive Technology Career Information

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Education Foundation (NATEF) accredited program

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