Automotive Technology is a program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of small trucks and automobiles. Includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drivetrains, heating and air condition systems.
Automotive air-conditioning technicians, Brake technicians, Drivability technicians, Front-end technicians, Transmission technicians and rebuilders, Automotive Body and Glass Repairers, Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics, General Maintenance and Repair Workers, Heavy and Tractor–Trailer Truck Drivers. Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians.
Nature of Work
Automotive service technicians and mechanics typically do the following:
- Identify problems, often by using computerized diagnostic equipment
- Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience
- Test parts and systems to ensure that they work properly
- Follow checklists to ensure that all critical parts are examined
- Perform basic care and maintenance, including changing oil, checking fluid levels, and rotating tires
- Repair or replace worn parts, such as brake pads, wheel bearings, and sensors
- Perform repairs to manufacturer and customer specifications
- Explain automotive problems and repairs to clients
Training And Advancement
Automotive Technology students have an option to take these exams if the student covers the related costs:
- Section 609 Certification for Refrigerant Recycling and Recovery
- Automotive Service Excellence Certification (ASE)
- Certified Emissions Inspector
- S/P2 – Automotive Service Safety
- S/P2 Automotive Service Pollution Prevention
- Motor Oil Certification
All Automotive Technology students will take the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Automotive) certification course provided by the Fulton County Center for Career and Technology.
Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to decline 4 percent from 2019 to 2029. (bls.gov)
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)
The median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $44,050 in May 2020. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,790, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $71,940.
In May 2020, the median annual wages for automotive service technicians and mechanics in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
|Automotive mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance||41,430|
|Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores||38,370|
Many experienced technicians working for automobile dealers and independent repair shops receive a commission related to the labor cost charged to the customer. Under this system, which is commonly known as “flat rate” or “flag rate,” weekly earnings depend on the amount of work completed. Some repair shops pay technicians on an hourly basis instead.
Most service technicians work full time, and many work evenings or weekends. Overtime is common.
Program of Study Framework / Classroom Resources
Automotive Technology (FR)