Automotive Technology is a two-year program that provides hands-on training and related information to repair today's high technology vehicles. It provides job-readiness and technical skills to prepare students for employment in dealerships, specialty shops and service centers. Students train on "live projects," as well as trainer units provided by the school.
The laboratory is well equipped and uses the latest computerized diagnostic equipment, tools and procedures.Major areas of study include the following: brakes, steering and suspension, electrical systems, engine performance and maintenance, and light repair. The program is certified by the National Automotive Technician Educational Foundation (NATEF).
Students finishing the two-year program at the Arkansas Tech University Career Center have the possibilty to obtain positions in the River Valley area at a beginning salary of $9.00 per hour. Within a few months, most are making $12 or more per hour. With experience and further education, employees in the automotive technology field have the opportunity to make $21-$25 per hour.
Students have the opportunity to compete with SkillsUSA which allows them to compete
for job opportunities, scholarships, tool purchase programs and awards.
Students who complete this program of study offered at the Career Center may receive 16 hours of college credit and a Certificate of Proficiency in automotive service technology.