Automotive Technology offers great job opportunities as a service technician and can lead to related careers in management or teaching. Careers in automotive technology are challenging, interesting, and can lead to career advancement in related fields. High school programs in the VALEES region align with the award-winning Automotive Technology Program at Waubonsee Community College.
Employment as an automotive technician is challenging and interesting work in a field where the complexity of today's vehicles often leads to specialization in particular service areas. Opportunities will be best for those who obtain certification or licensure, a two-year associate degree and who are interested in continually learning new skills. Automotive technician's median annual salary of about $34,000 can range from $20,000 to $60,000. Highly skilled technicians, shop forepersons, and managers can earn much more - up to $100,000 per year in some cases.
Other employment opportunities related to automotive technology include autobody repair, diesel technician, small engine mechanic, automotive sales / management, and teaching.
Career Cruising provides additional career information that will be helpful in planning a career pathway. If you have not yet used Career Cruising, it will be helpful to talk with your school counselor for free access to this valuable online career planning tool.
Program committee meeting agenda Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Skills USA Illinois
Careers in Auto Technology Video (Breakout Clip)
Early college credit may be earned at Waubonsee Community College if you successfully complete VALEES courses and meet applicable requirements.