Automotive Technician Career Outlook

Percent Employed

98%

Employed*

 

Employed in Related Field

89%

Employed in a Related Field*

 

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$19,239 - $63,175

Range of Yearly Salary*

*The information above is based on graduates' responses from technical colleges within the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) for Automotive Technician and does not include WITC graduates.

Careers

Typical positions available at automobile dealerships or repair shops after graduation include:

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Brake Technician

Brake technicians diagnose brake system problems, adjust brakes, replace brake rotors and pads, and make other repairs on brake systems. Some technicians specialize in both brake and front-end work.

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Automotive Air Conditioning Technician

Automotive air-conditioning technicians install and repair air conditioners and parts, such as compressors, condensers and controls. These workers must be trained and certified in handling refrigerants.

Additional opportunities include: 

  • Auto Transmission Technician 

  • Automotive Electrical Technician

  • Service Writer

  • Drive Train Technician

  • Suspension and Alignment Technician

  • Drivability Technician

Transfer Opportunities

After you complete your two-year Automotive Technician degree at WITC, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

Articulation Agreements

The Automotive Technician program at WITC has articulation agreements with University of Wisconsin-Stout. 

Potential careers available with further education include:

    • Automotive Service Center Manager
    • Automotive Engineer
    • Automotive Engineering Technician

    Potential Starting Wages:

    • $40,893–$62,504

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    The potential starting wage range is compiled from 2016 WITC or WTCS Graduate Follow-Up Report. If not available, wage data is compiled from Economic Modeling Software Intl (10th and 25th percentile earnings) and/or Wisconsin Worknet (Wage Comparison Tool) using the Standard Occupation Code(s) (SOC) the WTCS has assigned to the programs. When possible, the wage range is compiled using data from the 11 counties within the WITC district. Starting wage ranges for new programs are reviewed by the advisory team. Wage data was compiled August 2017. 

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