Contact: Mr. Sam Perryman
What You Will Be Able To Do:
program provides students with a range of knowledge and skills in
automotive service. Students learn to diagnose and repair electrical and
electronic systems, work on electrical accessories and brake system
operations, diagnosis, and repairs, etc. Auto
Technicians must have good math, science, and investigative skills to
know how to diagnose and read manuals and follow directions as well as
communicate with customers.
- Understand the practical workings and theory of the modern automobile systems
- Clean and operate engines, carburetors, and injector systems
- Test and service auto systems such as climate control, suspension, steering, brake engine cooling, and electronics
Earning Potential: Most
full-time automotive service technicians earn between $20,000 and
$60,000 a year, with a median of about $34,000 a year. However, highly
skilled technicians, shop forepersons, and managers can earn much
more-up to $100,000 a year in some cases.
College and Related Education: Most shops require their mechanics
to have certifications. Those who are not yet certified must work under
the supervision of a certified mechanic. To become certified as
mechanic you must complete a program at a certified school and pass
written, oral, and practical exams. Programs are available across the
country at trade schools and 2-year and 4-year colleges. Many programs
result in an associate or a bachelor's degree. A high school diploma is
generally required for admission.
One-year certificated programs
in Automotive Technology and two-or four-year technical degrees in
Automotive Technology are available on the post-secontary level. The GM Automotive Service Educational Program and Ford Automotive Service Educational Program provide additional training.
enrolling in the Wallace College program may receive articulation
credit for the successful completion of the DTC Automotive Technology
Automotive classes available at DTC:
- Automotive Electronics Systems I & II
- Automotive Engine Perfomance I & II
- Automotive HeatingHVAC
- Automotive Brakes.