Automotive Technology

School of Professional Studies and Management
  • Type of Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Location: Randolph Center Campus
  • Program Accreditation: NATEF (ASE)
  • Credit Requirements: 65

As automobiles become more complex, the people who service these vehicles must possess extensive knowledge of the sophisticated mechanical, electrical, and computer systems currently used. The Vermont Tech Automotive Technology program provides students with the technical education increasingly in demand by automotive manufacturers, dealerships, independent repair facilities, and equipment manufacturers. You will acquire knowledge through a broad exposure to mechanical and electronic automobile devices through classroom and laboratory experience. Significant study time is devoted to electronic control of mechanical systems, system design considerations, and the analysis and diagnosis of system failures as well as  traditional hands-on skills.  This Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program includes a 10-week summer cooperative education requirement that provides students with real- world experience and the opportunity to explore future employment.

Graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain, diagnose, and repair mechanical and electronic systems in any automobile or light/medium-duty truck. The comprehensive nature of the program ensures that graduates are prepared to solve problems on vehicles regardless of origin. The combination of technical knowledge, program philosophy, and emphasis on lifelong learning prepares the graduate with a solid foundation for success in all aspects of the automotive technology profession.

Throughout the curriculum, faculty and staff reinforce the principles of professional ethics, critical thinking, and problem solving as they are applied to the workplace. Students are also introduced to basic business management practices.

This program has been developed with the support and encouragement of the Vermont Automobile Dealer’s Association.

A student with an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology will be able to:

  • Understand the theory of operation, plus diagnostic and service procedures of
    • Engines
    • Brakes
    • Suspension and steering systems
    • Electrical and electronic systems
    • Drive-train systems
    • Engine performance
    • Advanced technology vehicles
    • Automatic transmissions
    • Automotive heating and air-conditioning systems
  • Communicate effectively with customers and business relations
  • Exhibit the principles of professional conduct in all aspects of customer relations

Students are required to wear black work pants and steel-toed leather work or hiking boots in all lab sections. The college provides T-shirts.

The student must have a set of tools for use in the lab and during the summer cooperative work experience and must also have a dependable vehicle to travel to and from the lab facilities.

 

Careers in Automotive Technology

Placement Rate
100%
Vermont Tech
VS
%
National

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017 National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

Job Projections
National
Job projections

THAT TRANSLATES INTO

739,900

JOB OPENINGS BETWEEN 2014-2024


Projected Employment Growth for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, 2014-2024 (source: BLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)


Median
$0
$0
All Occupations

2016 Median Pay (Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017
  • 802 Toyota
  • ACT Race Team Add-On Auto Accessories
  • Advance Auto Parts Autobahn Automotive
  • Bourne's Service Center Cody Chevrolet Cadilac
  • County Tire Center, Inc. Currier Farms Forest Products
  • Denecker Cheverolet Eric's Auto Sales
  • Essex Automotive Services FedEx
  • Formula Ford, Inc. Girlington Garage, LLC
  • Goss Dodge Chrysler J&L Service Center
  • Jarmo's Auto Repair Murphy Brothers, Inc.
  • Norwalk Cove Marina Inc Pierre's Repairs
  • Proformance Unlimited Roy's Auto Service
  • School Street Garage Sears Auto Center
  • South End Auto Twin State Ford, Inc.
  • Utton's Automotive Vermont Army National Guard
  • Vermont Tire & Service Village Auto & Tire
  • Automotive Technician Installer
  • Parts Manager Automotive Diagnostic Tech
  • Maintenance Tech Service Technician
  • Mechanic Welder Fabricator
  • Diesel Mechanic

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12Sep
Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that the college has been ranked 19th among the Best Northeast Regional Colleges for 2019 in the annual best college rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. The college has risen in two important categories this year, in both the public college... Read More
29May
Vermont Tech congratulates the students who achieved the honors of President's and Dean's List during the Spring 2018 semester. To be accorded Dean's List honors a student must be enrolled in at least 12 letter-graded credit hours and attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who have been awarded... Read More
24May
Vermont Technical College hosted its three commencement ceremonies this weekend. Two were held on Friday, May 18th and another was held Saturday, the 19th. Vermont Tech conferred certificates and degrees for 504 graduates from 32 programs. Nursing students were also presented with their Nursing... Read More

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