Program Overview
Do you - or somebody you know - have what it takes to become a great automotive mechanic or auto body repair technician? Now is a good time to get the certified training required to become a professional automotive service technician.  Highland Community College's automotive mechanics and auto body repair programs can help you get the credentials you need.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports strong job growth in the field of automotive service technology.  According to the Department’s job outlook, “The number of jobs for automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow faster than average for all occupations over the next decade. Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to increase 14 percent between 2006 and 2016, compared to 10 percent for all occupations.” 1

Even in today’s challenging economic times, the field of automotive repair continues to be bright.  A recent Wall Street Journal article included auto repair in its Five Businesses to Start in a Bad Economy, stating that, “with gas prices high and the economy weak, people are liable to hang onto their cars, rather than trading them in for a new model every three or four years, creating lots of opportunity for automotive repair.” 2

Whether it’s auto body repair or automotive service technology, Highland Community College has a program to get you started down the path to a bright future. Highland’s automotive programs are designed to equip students with the specialized knowledge required in today’s high tech automotive industry. According to automotive technology instructor Jeff Robertson, “We are technicians, not mechanics anymore.”

Highland’s programs prepare students for employment in many areas of the automotive field including dealerships, independent garages, fleet shops, service stations and specialty shops.

1. The Wall Street Journal, Five Businesses to Start in a Bad Economy, September 25. 2008.
2. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition


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