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.
• The median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $39,550 in May 2017. The highest 10 percent earned more than $65,430.
• 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 projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for qualified job seekers should be very good.
**According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010. Additional information available at www.bls.gov
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