Automotive Technology

Students who want to work in a fast-paced field have the ability to problem-solve, and enjoy working with tools and technology, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in the automotive service industry!

The Auto Service Technician Program is a two (2) year program that prepares students to enter the workforce upon graduation in a variety of settings and/or continue training through post-secondary education programs to become Specialist and Master Technicians.

Participation in the program enables students to earn A.S.E. (Automotive Service Excellence) Certification in eight (8)areas: engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning and engine performance. Additionally, students may choose to participate in the A-YES (Automotive Youth Education System) Program. Qualified A-YES students may receive a 12-month paid internship with a local dealership and a scholarship through Snap-on Tools.

Occupations: Aircraft Mechanic and Service Technician; Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assembler; Automotive Body and Related Repairer; Automotive Glass Installer and Repairer; Automotive Service Technician, Mechanic; Diesel Service Technician; Electrical and Electronic Installer and/or Repairer; Marine Watercraft Repair and Maintenance Worker; Motorboat Mechanic; Service Technician; Small Engine Mechanic1

Typical Salary in Virginia: $20,000- $72,000 depending on education level and specialization.2

Employment Outlook: Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunitiesfor qualified jobseekers should be very good.3

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