Automotive Chassis Technician Specialist Certificate
Program Description: The Automotive Chassis Technician Specialist certificate program provides students with skills needed to enter the automotive industry as an entry level chassis technician. Topics covered include: shop safety, basic electrical/electronic theory and diagnosis, chassis components and types, steering system components and service, alignment theory and procedures, and brake system operation, diagnosis and repair.
Occupational Trends: At present, the demand for entry level auto technicians is growing. Job growth is predicted to be noticeably higher in the after market and private sectors of the field than it will be in OEM dealerships, however, due to the consolidation of many domestic dealership operations and the recent decline in new car sales.
Education Programs: Automotive Technology training programs exist at both secondary and postsecondary levels. Programs at both levels typically offer curriculum which follows the ASE-NATEF competency areas and tasks for areas A1-A8. Secondary schools typically cover 4 ASE areas while postsecondary schools cover all 8 ASE areas. Postsecondary training programs are provided by technical and community colleges all over the US as well as through many private training institutes.
Programs at the public colleges offer degree, diploma, and certificate level programs which often include academic core classes in the curriculum. The private schools generally offer programs that only require students to take the technical courses. Automotive training programs are popular at both levels and show signs of enrollment growth.
Job/Career Description: Automotive technicians work in a variety of different types of repair shops performing repairs and maintenance on vehicles for customers. Repairs often involve the technician using a variety of tools and specialized equipment. In recent times computerized diagnostic equipment is used in virtually all facets of the repair process. Technicians are often paid an hourly wage, but their repair work is billed out by the repair. This system, called flat rate, enables most experienced technicians to bill out more work or time than they actually have on the clock. As a result, technicians can make a much greater annual wage than their hourly rate would indicate.
Employment Trends: In 2005 there were over 26,000 auto technicians working in Georgia and close to 850,000 nationally. All employment reports indicate continued growth for this field averaging about 15%. Most job growth will occur in the private and after market shops with auto dealerships coming in second. Job openings will also be available in auto parts and accessories stores, fleet operations, collision repair shops, government operations, and small service stations.
Minimum Salary: 9
Median Salary: 13.66
Maximum Salary: 25
Salary Trend Details:
The figures above reflect regional hourly flat rate technician pay rates. Annual wages can be much higher than expected based on flat rate pay scales.
1 Graduate should follow a methodical diagnostic process while performing all repairs in a service shop.
2 Graduate should pursue update training to maintain current knowledge on vehicle systems.
3 Graduate should display ability to seek and use technical information to diagnose problems.
4 Graduate should communicate knowledgeably and professionally with peers and customers regarding all repairs.
Program Courses Credit Hrs
AUTT 1050 - Automotive Suspension and Steering Systems 4hrs
Total Program Hours: 17