Automotive Technology

Go beyond car repair with this comprehensive program. You’ll gain the technical expertise necessary to diagnose, repair and maintain today’s high-tech automotive systems.

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What is Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology program at Somerset Community College prepares students to join the workforce in entry-level positions in the automotive industry.

Completers of the SCC program can expect increased employment opportunities in the coming years. The reasons for more jobs in the automotive industry include advancements in technology, the increasing number of vehicles on the road, and the increasing average age of vehicles in service.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$32,952
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low: $19k med: $32k high: $58k

What are my career choices?

Jobs in the industry include more than repair technicians at new vehicle dealerships. Opportunities are also available in fleet service, with independent repair facilities and as service writers and parts sales.

Automotive Technology Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Automotive Technician $32,592
Automotive Technology- Automotive Parts/Service Writer Track $32,592
Automotive Air Conditioning Mechanic $32,592
Automotive Electrician $32,592
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technician $32,592
Manual Transmission/Drive Train Technician $32,592
Brake Repairer $32,592
Tune-up Mechanic $32,592
Engine Repairer $32,592
Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Technician $32,592
Automotive Technology- Automotive Technician Track $32,592

What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfer

  • Automotive Technician Track

Certificate

Diploma

Instructors Vern Chadwell and Sy Gammage are ASE Master Certified Technicians, each with over 23 years of work experience in the field. Both have an AAS Degree in Automotive Technology.

Students enrolling in SCC'’'s program will receive instruction in numerous automotive systems, including: engine repair, transmissions, steering and suspension, climate control, electrical systems and brakes. Students also develop skills in diagnosis, maintenance and repair. Hands-on opportunities in the fully equipped labs further develop the skill level of students and prepare them for employment.

And, just as there are many areas of automotive technology to pursue, they are also several study options for students in the program. Completion points in the program include certificates and a diploma.

Download Program Overview (pdf).
To learn how to apply, see the Admissions Checklist.

Additional Information

Length of Program

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Vern Chadwell
Automotive Technology
606.878.4735
vern.chadwell@kctcs.edu

Sy Gammage
Automotive Technology
606.451.6862
simeon.gammage@kctcs.edu