Automotive Technology

Go beyond car repair with this comprehensive program. You’ll gain the technical expertise necessary to diagnose, repair and maintain today’s high-tech automotive systems.

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Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to increase 14 percent between 2006 and 2016, 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.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
low: $19k med: $32k high: $58k

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.

Automotive Technology Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Automotive Technician $32,592
Automotive Technology- Automotive Parts/Service Writer Track $32,592
Automotive Air Conditioning Mechanic $32,592
Automotive Electrician $32,592
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technician $32,592
Manual Transmission/Drive Train Technician $32,592
Brake Repairer $32,592
Tune-up Mechanic $32,592
Engine Repairer $32,592
Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Technician $32,592
Automotive Technology- Automotive Technician Track $32,592

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

If you want to get a bachelor's degree, Western Kentucky University has completer degrees with courses offered either online or in Hardin County.

Diploma Options

Certificate Options

To see a complete course listing for each credential use the KCTCS Course Catalog.

Where do I start?

Apply for admission to ECTC to receive information from the Admissions Office about submitting your placement test scores (ACT or COMPASS exams) and to schedule a meeting with an advisor to register for your classes.


The Automotive Technology program at ECTC is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and students have the opportunity to take tests leading to certification by ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Admission Requirements

This program has no special admission requirements.


Additional Information

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. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Jerry Clemons
Automotive Technology
Program Coordinator