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Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to increase 6 percent between 2016 and 2026, compared to only 10 percent for all other occupations. If you are interested in a career repairing and servicing automobiles in this fast growing field, then ECTC could have just what you're looking for.
What are my career choices?
Demand for technicians will grow as the number of vehicles in operation increases, reflecting continued growth in the driving age population and in the number of multi-car families. This means you will have a variety of employment opportunities. Persons trained in automotive repair can expect to find employment in new car dealerships, government and independent fleets, as well as independent and franchised repair facilities.
Median hourly wage-and-salary earnings of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, were $16.24 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.96 and $21.56 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.17 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $27.22 per hour. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of service technicians were as follows: Local government, excluding schools $19.07; automobile dealers $18.85; automotive repair and maintenance $14.55; gasoline stations $14.51; automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores $14.38.
Many experienced technicians employed by automobile dealers and independent repair shops receive a commission related to the labor cost charged to the customer. Of course, weekly earnings depend on the amount of work completed; however, most employers guarantee certified technicians a minimum weekly salary.
What classes do I have to take?
You will take academic and theory courses and get your hands dirty in ECTC's state-of-the-art automotive shop, which has late model cars, trucks and hybrid vehicles.
What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfers
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Automotive Technology - Automotive Technician Track (PDF)
If you want to get a bachelor's degree, Western Kentucky University (WKU) has completer degrees with courses offered either online or in Hardin County.
- AAS transfer degree to WKU Workforce Administration, BS degree
- AAS transfer degree to WKU Engineering Technology Management, BS degree
- Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Technician Certificate (PDF)
- Automotive Air Conditioning Mechanic Certificate (PDF)
- Automotive Electrician Certificate (PDF)
- Brake Repairer Certificate (PDF)
- Engine Repairer Certificate (PDF)
- Front End Mechanic Certificate (PDF)
- Manual Transmission/Drive Train Technician Certificate (PDF)
- Tune-Up Mechanic Certificate (PDF)
The Automotive Technology program at ECTC is accredited by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation, and students have the opportunity to take tests leading to certification by ASE.
Field Licensure Requirements
Some employers in the automotive industry require ASE certification. ASE certification is not required to complete the program at the college, but students are encouraged to become ASE certified to improve their job prospects.
Where do I start?
Apply for admission to ECTC to receive information from the Admissions Office about submitting your placement test scores (ACT or other exams) and to schedule a meeting with an advisor to register for your classes.
Length of Program
You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog (PDF, 408 pages). You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.