Automotive Mechanics (AUM)
The Automotive Mechanics program prepares students to diagnose and repair mechanical problems on all components of the automobile. Students complete the program with the knowledge needed to find meaningful, rewarding positions at dealerships, auto repair shops, the government and other organizations. This program consists of one Certificate and one Short Certificate in Automotive Mechanics. Students can also earn an Associates degree by completing the AUM Certificate, some additional General Education courses, and the Medium/Heavy Truck Short Certificate.
Employment Potential for Automotive Service Technicians**
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• Many employers report difficulty finding workers with the right skills and education to fill available positions – meaning that this exciting field is full of opportunity for those who complete formal training.
• Median hourly earnings of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, are $35,790 per year. The top 10% earned more than $59,590.
• Industries employing the largest number of automotive service technicians are automotive repair and maintenance shops, automobile dealers, and retailers and wholesalers of automotive parts, accessories, and supplies. Others find employment in home and auto supply stores, automotive equipment rental and leasing companies, the government, and other organizations.
• Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to increase by 17% between 2010 and 2020. Additionally, the most recent information reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics** concludes that individuals who are formally trained and entering the automotive field (especially those skilled in electronics) should be able to expect stable work because changes in the economy appear to have little effect on the fact that automobile owners must maintain and repair their vehicles.
**According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010. Additional information available at www.bls.gov
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