Automotive Technology

POTENTIAL JOB TITLE

Automotive Technician
(*SOC Code 49-9098.00)

PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS

major dealerships
independent and specialty shops
transmission rebuild centers
government motor pools
fleet maintenance
diagnostic specialists
parts specialists
management
supervisory positions


*Standard Occupational Classification System
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
  • Power train components: Basic theory and principles of gearing, service, repair, and reconditioning of clutches, transmissions, differentials, rear ends, axles, transaxles, and transfer cases
  • Brake systems: Subject matter includes master cylinders, power assist units, hydraulic lines, valve, disk and drum brakes, antilock systems, parking brakes, and brake electrical and electronic components
  • Suspension, steering, and related systems: Design, operation, diagnosis, and service of today's suspension and steering systems
  • Overhauls and Rebuilds: Complete disassembly and re-assembly of various engine units
  • Electrical and electronic systems: Theory of operation, diagnosis, and repair
  • Automatic transmissions: Disassembly and re-assembly, construction, operation, servicing, and troubleshooting procedures of modern automatic transmissions and transaxles
  • Fuel injection and carburetor systems: Diagnoses and repair of computerized fuel injection and carburetor systems, covering both domestic and foreign systems
  • Additional areas: Fuel systems, Emission control systems, Ignition systems, Engine mechanical tests, and General Motors Computer Command Control
  • Develop and maintain occupational relationships
  • Effectively communicate with customers and peers
  • Proficient in mathematical skills necessary for technical fields
CAREER CLOSEUP
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Job Outlook and Pay Info

Median Wage (MT)* $33,430
Median Wage (US)* $35,100
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Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010) $34,147.50
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Expected growth (MT)*
(projection through 2016)
13%
Expected growth (US)*
(projection through 2018)
14%
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau
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DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

The Transportation area offers both an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Certificate in Automotive Technology. The Associate of Applied Science degree is usually completed in four semesters. The Certificate can be completed in two to three semesters.

The program is NATEF and ASE certified in all eight areas of instruction. The program also has articulation agreements with the Billings Career Center and MSU-Northern to provide unique training and educational opportunities for those students who are interested and qualified.

SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Math and spatial skills
  • Good physical condition
  • Reading and communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Troubleshooting skills
TOOLS/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Students in the Automotive program are required to buy their own tools to use in the laboratory setting. Tool Lists and a list of vendors that have previously worked with our students are available online or from the New Student Services Office.

PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION

Program Completion information was not required for this program for the 2009-2010 academic year.


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