Automotive Technician

Median Annual Wage

$39,870 or $19.17/hr
Durham-Chapel Hill

Annual Job Openings

2,810
North Carolina
12
% Associate’s degree
22
% Some college

Job Outlook

+8%
North Carolina

Total Number Employed

22,060
North Carolina
Automotive technicians keep our community on the go. These vehicle mechanics use diagnostic equipment to assess and fix problems with vehicles. Durham Tech offers several options — both credit and continuing education — for starting or enhancing your career in the automotive industry.

Students who complete the Automotive Systems Technology Program — a hands-on program, certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) — may have a number of automotive careers to pursue.

Along with Automotive Technicians, Durham Tech graduates have started careers as:
Fast Lube Technicians; General Service Technicians; NCDOT-DMV Vehicle Inspectors; Engine Performance Technicians; Alternative Fuel Technicians; Automotive Electrical Technicians; Air-conditioning Technicians; Transmission Specialists; Automotive Engine Rebuilders; Body Frame and Alignment Technicians; Automotive Machinists; Automotive Master Technicians; Service Advisors; Service Managers; Automotive Parts Counter salespersons; Automotive Parts Managers; and General Parts and Service Directors.