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Automotive Systems Technology
Work as an automotive technician varies in different shops. Some shops provide service and repair on all types of vehicles, while others specialize in one or two makes of vehicle or types of repair. Areas of specialization include engine repair, automatic transmissions, manual transmissions and drive trains, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.
Technicians inspect and test to determine the causes of faulty operation and perform maintenance services. They repair or replace defective parts to return the vehicle to its proper performance and economy using the technical information systems, knowledge, and skills learned in the Automotive Systems Technology program.
This hands-on program, certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), helps a student develop technical and manual skills through class assignments, discussions, and practical lab experiences in the clean and well-equipped automotive shop at Durham Tech. Day classes are offered in the Automotive Systems Technology program; and students may take evening classes to complete certificate options in Chassis Servicing and Engine Performance.
An Associate Degree in Applied Science is awarded for successful completion of all requirements in the five-semester Automotive Systems Technology program, and a diploma is awarded for completing the three-semester program. A student who successfully completes an evening certificate option is awarded a certificate.
The Top 8 Reasons to Consider Automotive Systems Technology
The Co-Operative Experience – The major reason that students enroll in the program may well be the Co-Operative Training, according to Nathan Smith, director of the Automotive Systems Technology program. This provides the opportunity for students to “try out” a career without a large investment of time and money. Good Pay, Steady Work – Automotive technicians usually do well financially in good and bad economic times, said Smith. Visit www.ncautocareers.com for salary information.
The Instructors – Durham Tech’s instructors are people who have managed dealerships, independent garages, and specialty auto shops. They are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and L1-certified professionals who teach students how to fix a car, obtain ASE certification, purchase tools, land a job, keep a job, and get promoted.
National Certification – In 2010, the program received certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
The Plan of Study – Students learn all eight National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation areas, plus dyno testing, automotive computer repair, electronics repair, and automotive machine shop. Students can take Introduction to Automotive to discover if the field is a good career fit.
The Cost – The cost to attend Durham Tech is about a fifth of the cost of training through private automotive programs. With the savings, students can use their money to purchase high-quality tools to land an automotive job.