Jumpstart a new career: Working with automobiles becoming a successful high-tech job

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The work of automotive service technicians has evolved from mechanical repair to a high technology job. As a result, trained technicians with the right skills will always be in demand and on track for a rewarding career in this fast-paced industry. Brazosport College can provide the required knowledge to work in this field.

“Automotive shops are always looking for qualified technicians,” said Rick Underdahl, Brazosport College professor of automotive technology. “Many repair facilities contact our department looking for qualified applicants.”

Because of the complexity of new vehicles, a growing number of employers require completion of postsecondary training, such as the training one finds at Brazosport College. “Our program here at the college follows ASE (Automotive Services Excellence) standards,” Underdahl said. “These are the skills employers expect a student to know.”

Brazosport College offers a number of excellent automotive technology certificates, as well as a two-year associate degree program. The classes are hands-on, real-world automotive training and are taught by experienced faculty.

“After earning a certificate at Brazosport College, employers will have documentation that students are interested in the automotive field,” Underdahl said. “An automotive degree provides additional skills to work in a management position and might
also help if you want to open your open business.”


Career Facts

Automotive Technology

Automotive technicians use their high-tech skills to inspect, maintain and repair automobiles and light trucks.

Who is a good fit?

Automotive technicians work with a variety of tools and must understand the integrated electronic systems and complex computers that run vehicles.


Many automobile technicians have vocational certificates and some also have degrees. Brazosport College has a number of automotive technology certificates and a two-year associate degree program. With each type of certification, you are more marketable and have additional skills to offer your prospective employer.

Median pay

$14.61 hourly, $30,000 annual

Job outlook

Job opportunities are expected to grow by 5.2 percent over the next four years. Fifteen percent of pipefitters are over the age of 55 and will probably retire soon.


Source: Career Coach

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