Maintaining and repairing increasingly high-tech cars and trucks to keep drivers on the road
Key Program Features
Vehicles are becoming more and more complex with high-tech computer systems. Due to the intricacy of vehicles, qualified automotive technicians are highly valued by vehicle owners. Students can train for a successful automotive technology career at LLCC in a state-of-the-art facility with the newest automotive technology equipment. Upon completion of LLCC’s program, students can find employment as auto, fleet, truck and bus mechanics and with automotive parts, accessories and tire businesses. Students wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree, can further their studies at SIU-C and get a Bachelor of Science degree in automotive technology. A bachelor’s degree can lead to employment at the corporate level such as GM, Ford, Chrysler and Toyota.
Employment of automotive service technicians is expected to grow 5 percent through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The average annual median salary in May 2016 for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $38,470. Those with a higher degree and employed in managerial roles can make salaries of $50,000 or more annually.
Degree and Certificate Programs
LLCC offers the following programs to successfully equip you for a career in the auto tech field. Learn more about the courses for each program:
- Automotive Technology • Associate in Applied Science – time to completion: 2 years
- Automotive Technician • Certificate of Achievement – time to completion: 1 year
Investment in Your Future
Students are required to have a basic set of automotive tools.
Automotive technology (AUT) courses (except AUT 210) have a variable tuition rate. For the 2017-2018 academic year, these AUT courses are $181.50 per credit hour for in-district residents. All other courses in the program run the standard rate of $121 per credit hour. Fees are $11 per credit hour. Get more information on tuition and fees.
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Some programs, including Automotive Technician • Certificate of Achievement, fall under regulations for “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation.” LLCC provides this program’s gainful employment information in compliance with the “Program Integrity” and “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation” regulations as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (34 CFR 668.8).