Automotive technology programs are designed to prepare students for careers in the auto repair and maintenance industry. Auto techs usually work in auto repair shops, car dealership, or corporate vehicle maintenance settings. They are typically responsible for the inspection, diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of vehicles, and may also handle customer service duties and administrative tasks.
The goal of most automotive technology programs is to prepare students to diagnose and repair the major vehicular systems. Students can expect to receive instruction in the following areas:
Along with classroom-based lessons, programs often include hands-on training in an automotive workshop or garage. This gives students the opportunity to apply what they have learned while gaining experience working on actual automobiles.
Automotive technicians in Iowa are not required to be licensed. However, in order to qualify for certain jobs, they may need a degree, diploma, or certificate. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence's ASE Certification is the industry-standard certification, and most degree programs aim to prepare students to take the ASE exam. To qualify for 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/
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Iowa. 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.
2017 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
Annual Median Salary
|Des Moines-West Des Moines||1610||$44,160|