Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Automotive tech student
If you like working on the engines of cars and trucks, then a career in Automotive Technology is worth exploring. Automotive mechanics use high-tech skills to inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles.

Instruction features state-of-the-art labs where students learn how to diagnose and repair vehicles using advanced diagnostic tools and equipment. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to take ASE exams and become certified technicians.

Employment opportunities include auto dealers, independent repair shops, auto and truck leasing facilities, government motor pool agencies, parts sales and other auto related service businesses.

Program Cost Estimate - 2015/16

Automotive Technology 2 Year Degree

Resident Tuition and student fees - $11,118
Differential Fees - $2,467
Other Course/Program Costs - $720
Tools - $1,500
Books and supplies - $1,300
Total - $17,105

Automotive Technology 2 Year Certificate

Resident Tuition and student fees - $9,944
Differential Fees - $2,431
Books, supplies, program Costs - $3,175
Total - $15,550

Costs are based on resident tuition. Consult Lane's website for updated tuition and fees. International students should seek advice with the international office at Lane Community College for program costs.

What's the Automotive Technology program at Lane like?
Get the scoop from students and faculty in this career preview video.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Two-Year Certificate of Completion

Automotive Technology

Standard Occupational Classification: 49-3023.01

Go to the Department of Labor's O*Net website for a profile of this occupation: Automotive Master Mechanics

Or check on these O*Net Related Occupations: Automotive Specialty Technicians

How many students completed the Automotive Technology  2-year Certificate in 2013-14?

In academic year 2013-14, 114 students completed this certificate.

What was the on-time graduation rate for these students?

Of students who completed this certificate in the 2012-13 academic year, 77.2% completed on time.

NOTE: The federally required method for calculating this rate assumes students will enroll full-time, declare a major immediately, and enroll in it continuously until certificate completion. In reality, many community college students attend part-time, explore several majors, stop out for a term or more, change majors, or brush-up academic skills to be better prepared for college level courses, affecting this narrowly defined on-time graduation rate.

How many jobs are forecast in this occupation between 2010-20?

Lane County: 22;  Statewide: 200

What wages are forecast for this occupation?

Lane County hourly average - $19.90; annual average - $41,404
Oregon hourly average - $20.98; annual average - $43,634

How much will the program cost?

(Estimates based on 2013-14 data for full-time students. Students attending part-time will incur additional term fees. Consult Lane's website for updated tuition and fees.)

  • Resident tuition and student fees-$9,671
  • Differential fees-$2,393
  • Books, supplies, other program costs-$3,175
  • On-campus room and board-Not offered
  • Total estimate-$15,239

What's included?

Explanation of costs

What is the median loan debt incurred by students who completed the program in 2012?

Federal loans-6,042
Private loans-Not available
Institutional financing-$4