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How do I become a technician/mechanic?

Enroll in the Automotive Service Technology program. The training and experience you will receive as you progress through this program will prepare you to be an entry level technician in an automotive dealership or repair facility. Your training will also prepare you to take the ASE/NATEF certification exams, providing you with a credential universally recognized in the automotive industry.

How much does it pay? 

 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014), automotive service technicians and mechanics earned an average of $37,120 in 2014. The bottom 10% of automotive service technicians earned less than $20,800 while the top 10% earned at least $62,280.

Mechanics working for government agencies and automotive dealers or owning a business earn higher than average salaries.  Mechanics working for gasoline stations and private service outlets often earn less than the average wage. Some service technicians earn a commission based on the amount of work performed.

How much does school cost?

The cost to attend this program is approximately $2,000 and includes tuition, fees and books.

How long is the program?

The length of the program will vary depending on your interests. Students typically finish with a Technical Certificate in ten months. To earn the second certificate in this program would require a second ten months. Certificates of proficiency may be earned in as little as one semester.

How much are tools/supplies?

Students are able to use tools that are owned by the AST program. Students may purchase tools at a discount through vendors such as Snap-On at a discount. The cost will vary depending on the needs and interests of the student. Supply costs are minimal, averaging less than $100 per year.

Where can I get a job?

Graduates have numerous opportunities for employment in the automotive industry including new car dealerships, independent garages, mass merchandisers, city/state fleet services, corporate fleet services, parts sales and services, management, warranty work, service writing and instruction/education.

What areas of repair are taught?

Students will receive training in basic electrical, automotive maintenance, brakes, steering and suspension, engine repair, electrical theory, engine performance, fuel systems, automotive electrical, ignition systems, electronic systems, manual transmission, emission systems, automatic transmissions and air conditioning and heating.

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