The work of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from mechanical repair to a high technology job. As a result, these workers are now usually called “technicians” in automotive services and the term “mechanic” is falling into disuse.
Today, integrated electronic systems and complex computers run vehicles and measure their performance while on the road. Technicians must have an increasingly broad base of knowledge about how vehicles’ complex components work and interact, as well as the ability to work with electronic diagnostic equipment and computer-based technical reference materials. Automotive service technicians use their high-tech skills to inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that run on gasoline, ethanol and other alternative fuels, such as electricity. The increasing sophistication of automotive technology now requires workers who can use computerized shop equipment and work with electronic components while maintaining their skills with traditional hand tools. Computers also have become commonplace in modern repair shops. Service technicians use readouts from computerized diagnostic testing devices. A shop’s computerized system provides automatic updates to technical manuals and unlimited access to manufacturers’ service information, technical service bulletins, and other databases which allow technicians to keep current on problem spots and to learn new procedures.
Degrees & Certificates in Automotive TechnologyAPPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION
AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY — Degree
Associate in Applied Science Degree
A two-year program which leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree, this curriculum is based on Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards designed to prepare the student for certification in the automotive industry. The Automotive Technology program qualifies for Master Certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. The program also is accredited by NATEF. Upon completion, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.
► Total = 69 Hours
1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.
2 Consult advisor for choices to consider for transfer and other options.
AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY — Certificate
► Total = 50 Hours
FORD MLR — Certificate
► Total = 18 Hours
The Automotive Technology Program at Rend Lake College is certified by The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Since 1983, NATEF has accredited qualified automotive service programs in schools across the country, ensuring automotive service training programs are truly aligned to meet today’s “real world” needs.