The Professional Automotive Training Center - Dealer Training Academy at Shoreline Community College is the premier automotive technician program in the U.S. The Center and its industry partners originated this innovative model that integrates education with hands-on workplace experience.
Automotive Technician Training— What is it?
Every student in one of the four factory-sponsored programs is sponsored by a local automobile dealership. Students are in a cycle of 11 weeks (one academic quarter) at the Center, then 11 weeks in their dealership throughout the two-year program. Students can graduate with a two-year Applied Associate in Arts and Sciences degree as well as numerous manufacturer-specific training certificates.
The General Service Technician (GST) program is a shorter, non-manufacturer specific program. GST students attend two quarters at the Center followed by one quarter in a workplace setting. GST students receive a certificate of proficiency.
What you need to be accepted:
- Instructor permission
- Valid driver's license
- Automotive skills tests
- Proof of insurability
- Many dealers require drug testing
Today's automotive technician is not just a "mechanic." The electronic and mechanical sophistication of today's vehicles, along with hybrids and full-electric vehicles, means these jobs are highly technical.
A U.S. Dept of Labor study predicts that need for automotive technicians will continue to grow "even through downturns in the economy."
The average Automotive Technician salary for the region ranges from $50,000 to $52,000, depending on location and the individual's production abilities. Often, technicians move into other areas of the automotive industry, including parts, sales, finance and insurance, management, and marketing.
Because programs at the Center are so closely tied to the industry, the job-placement rate for graduates is high, approaching 100 percent.
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