The technological changes in the automotive industry require that the automotive technician receives state-of-the-art instruction. The technician is required to not only analyze high-tech electronic and mechanical systems, but is also required to keep updated on changing materials and construction techniques used in vehicles. Using meters, testing equipment and procedures, the automotive technician must determine what component parts or systems are malfunctioning and make the appropriate repairs. Skilled automotive technicians are in great demand and command high salaries for their expertise.
The Automotive Technician Program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) in Maintenance and Light Repair. Founded in 1983 as an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3)organization the mission of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) is to improve the quality of automotive technician training programs nationwide at secondary and post-secondary, public and proprietary schools. To accomplish this mission NATEF examines the structure, resources and quality of training programs and evaluates them against standards established by the industry. These standards reflect the skills that students must master to be successful in the industry.
Degrees and Certificates
The Automotive Technology program and curriculum are certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), 101 Blue Seal Drive, SE, Suite 101, Leesburg, VA 20175, 703.669.6650 Fax: 703.669.6125, www.natef.org.
Students receiving the AAS degree can look forward to a variety of employment opportunities in the automotive industry as repair technicians, service writers, service managers, shop foremen, and/or business owners. All instructors are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), 101 Blue Seal Drive, SE, Suite 101, Leesburg, VA 20175, www.ase.com
In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.
TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.
Students with a certificate in Automotive Technology will be able to:
- Demonstrate competency in automotive brake and suspension service procedures.
- Demonstrate competency in automotive automatic and manual transmission service and related systems.
- Demonstrate competency in automotive engine repair and replacement service procedures.
- Demonstrate competency in automotive electrical and electronic systems service and procedure.
- Demonstrate competency in automotive air-conditioning service and repair.
- Demonstrate professional work habits and techincal skills necessary for success in the automotive repair industry.
There are 14,251 Automotive Master Mechanics are employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 4.2% over the next four years.
- The estimated annual job openings is 550 jobs a year.
- Median Wages - $15.65 hourly, $33,000 annually