Graduates of automotive technology programs can be found working as auto service technicians in a variety of environments, including commercial repair shops, corporate fleet maintenance, or the service departments of car dealerships. These programs teach students to use tools and diagnostic equipment to identify and repair problems with cars and light trucks, as well as to administer preventive maintenance to keep vehicles running smoothly. In commercial contexts, auto technicians may also be required to interact with customers, or complete paperwork and other administrative tasks.
There are several options for Kansas students interested in pursuing a formal education in automotive technology. Here are three schools that offer training in the field:
Students in automotive technology programs should expect to receive classroom-based and hands-on instruction in all major automotive systems, including:
In some cases, automotive tech programs give students the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience through internships with local employers or automotive manufacturers. This allows them to apply what they have learned in the program to real world service scenarios.
Automotive technicians in Kentucky do not need a license to work in the field. However, some employers prefer to hire candidates who possess a formal certificate or degree.
The industry-standard ASE Certification is awarded by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence to experienced auto technicians who pass the ASE certification exam. In order to qualify for the test, techs must have at least two years of on-the-job experience, or a combination of one year of experience and a two-year degree from an accredited automotive tech program. Most automotive technology programs are designed to help prepare students for the ASE exam.
ASE also gives accreditation to qualified educational programs through its National Automotive Technician Education Foundation.
Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Kentucky are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Ashland Community and Technical College||Ashland||Associate||4,675|
|Big Sandy Community and Technical College||Prestonsburg||Associate||4,856|
|Bluegrass Community and Technical College||Lexington||Associate||11,596|
|Bowling Green Technical College||Bowling Green||Associate||4,953|
|Elizabethtown Community and Technical College||Elizabethtown||Associate||5,506|
|Gateway Community and Technical College||Covington||Associate||3,130|
|Hazard Community and Technical College||Hazard||Associate||4,457|
|Jefferson Community and Technical College||Louisville||Associate||15,475|
|Maysville Community and Technical College||Maysville||Associate||3,630|
|Owensboro Community and Technical College||Owensboro||Associate||5,435|
|Somerset Community College||Somerset||Associate||7,110|
|Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College||Cumberland||Associate||4,847|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Kentucky. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Automotive Mechanics relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.
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