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Drake State Automotive Technology The Automotive Service Technology Program at Drake State Community College–teamed with Frank Williams Dealerships–is designed to provide the necessary educational background and practical training to repair today’s automobiles and light trucks. Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that run on gasoline, electricity or alternative fuels such as ethanol. Automotive service technicians’ and mechanics’ responsibilities have evolved from simple mechanical repairs to high-level technology-related work. The increasing sophistication of automobiles requires workers who can use computerized shop equipment and work with electronic components while maintaining their skills with traditional hand tools.
Today, integrated electronic systems and complex computers regulate vehicles and their performance while on the road. Technicians must have an increasingly broad knowledge of how vehicles complex components work and interact. They also must be able to work with electronic diagnostic equipment and digital manuals and reference materials.
Graduates of the Automotive Mechanics Technology Program can become employed as a Repair Service Estimator, Automotive Service Writer, Auto Repair Technician, Shop Foreman or Specialty Shop Technician. Apprenticeship and Credit Hours are available as well as Direct Placement in a Frank Williams Dealership upon graduation.
The median annual earnings are $19.02 per hour or all earnings are $39,550 per year.