Welcome to The Alabama Center for Automotive Excellence

Tom Berryman, Director

 

Like so many other skilled trades fields these days, automotive technicians are in high demand -- and there's a talent gap between jobs posted and available workers to fill them. For at least a generation, parents have discouraged their children from entering the auto service world, pushing them toward white-collar jobs even though many technical degrees yield better salaries than many college degrees.  Demand will grow in the future; about half of all technicians will be eligible to retire within 15 years.  "If there is such a thing as job security, it's in the trades," said Tony Molla, vice president of communications for the Leesburg, Va.-based National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, which certifies technicians.  The mean annual salary for automotive technicians, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is about $39,000, and Molla said that's on the low side compared to industry numbers he's seen.  If you want to earn a very good living working in the transportation service industry, then the Alabama Center for Automotive Excellence is where you need to start.  We provide you with a thorough understanding of theory - and LOTS of hands-on practice in your chosen area with practical laboratory and shop experiences. Our students are also given the opportunity to participate in cooperative education work experience with area dealerships and independent repair facilities.  Not only will you receive a world class education, you can work and earn money at the same time!
The Alabama Center for Automotive Excellence has six different programs to meet students needs; Auto Body Repair, Auto Mechanics, Medium/Heavy Truck, and three auto mechanics programs sponsored by manufacturers - Ford ASSET, GM ASEP and Toyota T-TEN.


Click the "Job Outlook" bar to look up the Department of Labor Statistics on your select field of interest.  What does your future career pay?  What are the job prospects?  Are you attempting to study a "high demand" job?  Find out.     
 
Listed below you will find the current career options you can explore within this division: 
Auto Body Repair
Automotive Mechanics
Ford ASSET 
General Motors ASEP 
Toyota T-TEN 
Medium/Heavy Truck Technician 

 

Employment Projections and Salary Data 

2013 Employment and Wage Estimates
Occupation

Estimated Employment

Entry Wage

Mean Wage

Experienced Wage

Automotive Body and Related Repairers

2,160

$12.46

$18.22

$21.10

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

7,540

$11.19

$17.78

$21.08

Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

4,260

$13.40

$18.78

$21.46

This data is provided by the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, Labor Market Information Division in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 


Meet the Director 


For more information contact:
Tom Berryman, Director
(205) 929-3483
tberryman@lawsonstate.edu