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Auto Technology

Career Outlook:

Earning Potential:

Median: $45,880/year

Job Growth:

1% (Steady)


  • Introduction to automotive systems and engines
  • Auto shop safety practices and procedures
  • Engine diagnosis and repair
  • Brake and suspension system repair
  • Transmission and drivetrain repair
  • Automotive electrical systems and wiring
  • Fuel system repair and maintenance
  • HVAC and air conditioning system repair
  • Hybrid and alternative fuel vehicle systems
  • Career exploration and job readiness
  • And more!

Program Overview

Collins Career Technical Center's Automotive Technology program offers high school students hands-on experience with the tools and techniques used in the automotive industry. This program provides a comprehensive education in automotive technology, covering everything from engine repair and electrical systems to brake and suspension maintenance. Students learn from experienced instructors who have spent years in the industry, and have access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

The program is designed to prepare students for a variety of career paths in the automotive industry, including auto repair, service, and sales. It also provides a solid foundation for those who want to pursue further education in automotive technology, such as earning an associate degree or certification from a technical college or university.

Students in the Automotive Technology program can earn industry-recognized certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) in areas such as brakes, electrical systems, engine performance, and suspension and steering. These certifications demonstrate to potential employers that students have the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the automotive industry.

Overall, Collins Career Technical Center's Automotive Technology program offers high school students a great opportunity to learn valuable skills, gain hands-on experience, and prepare for a successful career in the automotive industry.

What do Auto Technicians Do?

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

Although service technicians work on traditional mechanical systems, such as engines, transmissions, and drivebelts, they also must be familiar with a growing number of electronic systems. Braking, transmission, and steering systems, for example, are controlled primarily by computers and electronic components.

Other integrated electronic systems, such as accident-avoidance sensors, are becoming common as well. In addition, a growing number of technicians are required to work on vehicles that use electricity or alternative fuels, such as ethanol.

Service technicians use many different tools, including computerized diagnostic tools and power tools such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding torches, and jacks and hoists. These tools usually are owned by their employers.

Service technicians also use many common hand tools, such as wrenches, pliers, and sockets and ratchets. Service technicians generally own these tools themselves. In fact, experienced workers often have thousands of dollars invested in their personal tool collection. For example, some invest in their own set of pneumatic tools—such as impact wrenches—powered by compressed air.

Careers in this Field

Immediate Careers:

  • Automotive service technician
  • Auto mechanic
  • Automotive electrician
  • Brake technician
  • Suspension and steering technician
  • Alignment technician
  • Tire technician
  • Automotive detailer
  • Service writer or advisor
  • Parts specialist

Careers with an Associate's Degree:

  • Automotive technology management
  • Automotive engineering technology
  • Automotive business management
  • Automotive sales and marketing
  • Automotive service management
  • Automotive design and fabrication
  • Automotive education and training
  • Automotive technical writing
  • Automotive journalism
  • Automotive insurance claims adjuster

Careers with a Bachelor's Degree or Beyond:

  • Automotive engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Industrial design
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Automotive marketing and advertising
  • Automotive journalism and media
  • Automotive education and training
  • Automotive research and development
  • Automotive safety engineering


Danny Morgan

Auto Technology Teacher
High School

Bryan Ward

Construction and T&I Academies Supervisor
High School

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