Automotive Service Technology FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long will the Automotive Service Technology program take?

    The Automotive Service Technology program takes 24 months – consisting of four full semesters – with 60 credit hours required for successful completion of the Automotive Services Technology program requirements.

  • How much does the Automotive Service Technology program cost?

    A $500 per semester Automotive Service Technology program fee will cover all clinical and specialty fees associated with this program. Students are also responsible for general tuition, textbooks and living expenses. The college works closely with each student to secure financial aid and to provide assistance in locating competitive financing. Financial Aid advisors are available on all campuses or can be contacted at 928.758.3926.

  • Where will the Automotive Services Technology program be offered?

    All of the course requirements for completion of the Automotive Services Technology AAS degree will be offered at the Bullhead City campus state-of-the art auto lab and classrooms.

  • How many students are accepted into the program each year?

    Sixteen students will be accepted each Fall semester.

  • How well are Automotive Service Technicians paid?

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a shortage of about 60,000 Automotive Technicians nationwide today. A high-tech career in this field offers mobility and job security. The average starting wage is $8.50 to $12.50 per hour, and the average journeyman wage is about $60,000 per year. Many techs are paid on a commission rate. Opportunities for employment, high wages and career advancement have never been greater in the automotive field. In Arizona, job openings for Automotive Technicians are expected to increase three percent over the next two to three years, creating approximately 680 jobs annually. Automotive Technicians earn an average of $10.75 to $19.75 an hour for an average annual salary of $22,600 to $41,000.

  • Is there a demand for Automotive Technicians?

    The international Automotive Technician Network (ATN) asked its members in an online poll to predict what their employment situation would be five years in the future. An alarming 22 percent of the members said they would either be retired or working in an industry other than the automotive industry.

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  • What are actual working conditions like in the Automotive Service Technology field?

    Automotive technicians find work in dealerships, service stations, automotive sales, independent shops and specialty shops. Most automotive technicians work a standard 40-hour week, but many self-employed technicians work longer hours. To satisfy customer service needs, many technicians provide evening and weekend service. Generally, technicians work indoors in well-ventilated and well-lighted repair shops. Most automotive technicians use computer diagnostic equipment to diagnose technical problems.

  • What is an Automotive Service Technician?

    Automotive Technicians (also called Automotive Service Mechanics) diagnose, repair and service automobiles and light trucks (such as vans and pickups) with gasoline or diesel engines.

  • What kind of career can an Automotive Technician expect?

    The automotive industry has undergone massive changes in recent years. Computers now control almost all automotive systems and the aspiring technician is taught to effectively identify, test and repair these high-tech systems. The influx of technology is what makes an automotive career today more interesting, challenging and rewarding than ever.

  • What skills, traits or preparatory classes would be helpful for the Automotive Technology program?
    • Positive Attitude
    • Good reading, writing, & math skills
    • Ability to work accurately
    • Ability to evaluate and make decisions
    • Mechanical aptitude
    • Manual dexterity
    • Basic computer skills