According to the Federal Occupational Outlook Handbook, 126,000 new automotive technicians will be needed in America. This represents the biggest actual increase of all the technical careers listed and does not even include the jobs that will become available because of retirements and promotions. Automotive technicians are needed everywhere so one can choose where he/she wants to live and work and also command high pay. Earnings locally range from $20,000 to $85,000 annually and are higher in other parts of the country.
The Automotive Service Technology program at JJC is recognized as one of the premier automotive training programs in the Midwest. Serving both the degree-seeking student as well as the professional technician seeking to upgrade their skills, our NATEF certified program offers an A.A.S. degree as well as several certificates to prepare the student for success in a wide variety of industry careers. The curriculum is reviewed and updated based on input from our advisory committee comprised of experts from education and industry. All courses are taught by ASE certified instructors with years of practical experience. Our instructors constantly attend classes to stay current with changes in automotive technology. The students learn about every aspect of automotive service and repair in our state-of-the-art facility using the latest equipment and technology*. The core of the program is the live shop operation where the students will put what they have learned in the classroom and lab into practice repairing actual customer vehicles. The shop is run just as a working repair shop in industry would be where the students, using school-owned tools, will spend over 500 hours during the two-year program gaining the valuable work experience employers find desirable**.
According to the United States Department of Labor, most employers regard the successful completion of a vocational training program in automotive service technology as the best preparation for trainee positions. High school programs, while an asset, vary greatly in scope. Graduates of these programs may need further training to become qualified. Job opportunities are expected to be very good for those who complete postsecondary automotive training programs and who earn ASE certification. Those without formal automotive training are likely to face competition for entry-level jobs.
The US Department of Labor also states that for trainee automotive service technician jobs, employers look for people with strong communication and analytical skills. Technicians need good reading, mathematics, and computer skills to study technical manuals. They must also read to keep up with new technology and learn new service and repair procedures and specifications.
JJC has transfer agreements with a number of four-year institutions for students that wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree.
For further information from the US Department of Labor, go to: www.bls.gov/oco/ocos181.htm and www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493023.htm
*See course descriptions in the catalog
**Students use school-owned tools
Automotive Service Shop
The Automotive service class can service vehicles for faculty, staff members and students matching the Automotive student curriculum.
The shop works by appointment only, we can service vehicles ten years old or younger.
The Automotive service class offers many services for your vehicles. Most all maintenance requirements can be serviced: Brake service, suspension and steering, electrical problems, power windows and locks, battery and alternator, starter and more.
The services we can offer increase with the Automotive service curriculum, as the students learn and prepare more during their classes.
The service shop charges for parts used to service your vehicle, a $5 (five dollars) to $10 (ten dollars) service fee and NO labor cost.
Please call us at (815) 280-2229 to arrange an appointment or with any questions.