Automotive Technology


Program Description


Recognizing that a successful career in automotive technology involves much more than the mechanical ability to replace parts, the Automotive Technology program and certificates are designed for individuals who have the ability and aptitude to become a skilled automotive technician. Students gain competencies in a variety of automotive systems which enables them to diagnose and perform corrective procedures accurately. In addition, students receive advanced technical education procedures on many vehicle components to keep them abreast of current changes in the automotive industry. This program is certified through the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). When completing the automotive training the student will be able to apply for and take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations. 

 

Graduates of the automotive program and certificates will:

  • Analyze automotive applications and determine the needed materials and equipment necessary to perform tasks related to all automotive disciplines listed in the degree.
  • Perform entry-level diagnosis and repair of automobiles 
  • Be able to overhaul suspension systems, align vehicles, understand automotive brake systems and related electrical system applications using advanced technological simulators and live vehicles.
  • Participate in on-car brake lathe certification through Pro-Cut rotor matching systems.
  • Describe the interaction of automotive computers with various systems of operation on the vehicle with the use of advanced technological simulators and live vehicles.
  • Be able to address automotive electrical, automotive computer network systems, and air conditioning issues with the use of advanced technological simulators and live vehicles.
  • Be able to address automotive engine, transmission, and electrical system issues with the use of advanced technological simulators and live vehicles.

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Degree(s) / Certificates(s)


Title Local Bachelor's
Automotive Technology - A.A.S. Occupational Degree -
Automotive Technology - CERT Occupational Certificate -
Automotive Computer Fundamentals Engine Performance and Diagnostics - CERT Occupational Certificate -
Automotive Brakes and Suspension - CERT Occupational Certificate -
Automotive Electrical and Air Conditioning Systems - CERT Occupational Certificate -
Automotive Powertrains - CERT Occupational Certificate -

Career Outlook


Successful completion of Electrical Apprenticeship certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations and annual median wages*.

Automotive Technicians and Repairers
Automotive service technicians and mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.
$45,150
Automotive Body and Related Repairers
Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
$47,390
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.
$44,890
Bus and Truck Mechanics
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.
$50,360
Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Check the above for additional information.

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Contact Information


Faculty/Staff Contact(s)
Name Title Phone Email
Michael Murphy Professor of Automotive (928) 344-7569 Michael.Murphy@azwestern.edu
Luis Salas Automotive Laboratory Technician (928) 344-7596 Luis.Salas@azwestern.edu
Teresa Livingston Administrative Assistant IV (928) 344-7752 Teresa.Livingston@azwestern.edu