One out of every seven people in the United States is employed by a business involved in the automotive industry. Automotive repair and service technicians are a large part of this group. The need for and importance of automotive technicians can be seen in the fact that more than 200 million cars, trucks, and buses are on the roads today — all requiring maintenance, inspection, and repair.
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.