What is Automotive Technology
Like all technology, automotive systems are getting more and more sophisticated. Today, technicians need to know computer tools as well as hand tools. To get the best jobs, you must learn how to use the newest equipment. Get on the entrance ramp to this great career at Southeast!
What are my career choices?
Demand for technicians will grow as the number of vehicles on the road grows! This
means more and more employment opportunities. Persons trained in automotive repair
can expect to find employment in new car dealerships, coal operations, as well as
government and independent fleets. Many Southeast graduates start their own small
businesses or work for other independent operators.
Many experienced technicians employed by automobile dealers and independent repair shops receive a commission related to the labor cost charged to the customer. Although weekly earnings depend on the amount of work completed, most employers guarantee certified technicians a minimum weekly salary.
What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfer
- General Occupational and Technical Studies
- Automotive Technician Diploma
- Automotive Transmissions/Transaxel Technician Certificate
- Automotive Air Conditioning Certificate
- Automotive Transmission Mechanic
- Automotive Electrician Certificate
- Brake Repairer Certificate
- Engine Repairer Certificate
- End Mechanic Certificate
- Manual Transmission/Drive Train Technician Certificate
- Tune Up Mechanic Certificate
ASE for college credit
A student who has passed and received certification through the National Institute
for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) may earn up to a maximum of 54 credit hours
equivalent to the course(s) within the program of study as specified by the Automotive
Technology Curriculum. Credit will be granted ONLY upon receipt of an official proof
of certification credential stating the date issued. A copy of the credential must
be filed as part of the student's permanent record. The credential must be accepted
within four years of the issue date on the credential. Students must met residency
requirements for credentials.
Length of Program
You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.