Automotive technology programs help prepare students to work in the automotive service and maintenance industry. Auto techs may work for auto repair shops, dealership service departments. or corporate fleet maintenance departments. These professionals are typically responsible for the inspection, diagnosis, and repair of vehicle issues, as well as preventive maintenance.
Generally, automotive technology programs focus on teaching students how to repair and maintain different automotive systems. These often include:
While some instruction may take place in a classroom environment, students should also expect to spend time working on actual automotive systems in a shop or garage. This hands-on training helps to better prepare students for future careers as auto mechanics.
There is no licensing requirement for automotive technicians in Illinois. Technicians may need a degree or certificate to qualify for certain jobs, however. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence administers the industry-standard certification for auto technicians who pass the ASE certification exam. To qualify to take the test, techs must have at least two years of on-the-job experience, or a combination of one year one-the-job experience and a two-year degree from an accredited automotive tech program.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Illinois. 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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
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