Automotive Technology

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Piedmont Technical College's nationally recognized Automotive Technology program prepares future certified technicians for the challenges of the automotive industry. The specialized training you’ll receive in the automotive program will prepare you to become an ASE certified technician, a credential that can provide greater earning potential through demonstrating your expertise in the field.

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Planets Align for PTC Graduate's Small Automotive Business

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Every once in a while, you might find Jason Cooley gazing at the stars from his auto repair and custom suspension business in Cross Hill. The business day ends at 6 p.m., but that’s often when the big projects receive uninterrupted attention. The hours he puts in are his prerogative. 

A Career in Automotive Technology

If you prefer hands-on instruction to sitting in a classroom, and you're fascinated by anything with an engine, Automotive Technology at Piedmont Technical College may be the right career path for you.

Specialized technicians can focus on engine repair, manual drive train and axle, brake, heating and air conditioning, automatic transmission/transaxle and more. Job advancement in this field come with experience, further training and national certification tests. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in this field to grow by 5 percent from 2014-2024. 

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Program Information

Students receive one-on-one instruction from experienced faculty in our state-of-the-art facility. Training is available in eight areas of automotive service: engine repair, engine performance, electrical and electronic systems, manual drive train and axles, automatic transmission/transaxle, suspension and steering systems, brakes, and heating and air conditioning. Students also learn customer service skills needed in today's automotive shop environment and develop strong work habits.

 

Career Outlook
  • Median Salary Average:  $33,570
  • SC Salary Range:  $19,880-$52,420
  • 69% placement rate for 2015-2017 graduates
Physical Demands
  • active (walking, standing, bending, crawling, kneeling, crouching, carrying)
  • reaching, handling, lifting (to 70 lbs.)
Entry Level Positions
  • Automotive Dealer Technician
  • Service Shop Technician
  • Auto Parts Store Technician
  • Parts Assistant
  • Small Business Owner
  • Service Manager
List of Employers

Recent graduates have found work at:

  • A1 Automotive Adams Transmission
  • Advance Auto Parts
  • AutoZone
  • Baldwin Buick Pontiac GMC
  • Ballentine Ford
  • Ballentine Toyota
  • BMW Manufacturing Corp
  • Burton Center
  • Car Quest
  • Carolina Ford
  • Caterpillar
  • Cooper Motor Co.
  • CSX
  • Dependable Auto Care
  • Firestone
  • Firmin Ford
  • Frank's Shell Rapid Lube
  • Gary Russ Chevrolet
  • George Ballentine Ford Lincoln - Mercury
  • Goodyear
  • Greenwood County School District 50
  • Japanese Auto Clinic
  • Jeffrey Dean Chrysler Jeep
  • Jim Hudson Toyota
  • Jody's RV
  • Kunkle Tire & Service
  • Mark Hipp's Garage
  • MIDAS
  • Milliken
  • Mr. Lube
  • NAPA
  • Newberry County Career Center
  • Perrin's Exxon
  • Platinum Auto Care
  • Precision Tune Auto Care
  • Professional Automotive Services
  • Quality Chrysler
  • Quality Nissan
  • Robert's Motors
  • SCDOT
  • Smith Automotives
  • Stokes-Trainor GM Superstore
  • Superior Automotive
  • Terry's Radiator
  • Titan Farms
  • Top Notch Auto Care, LLC
  • TP's Automotive Service
  • Tri County Transmission
  • Wal-Mart Tire & Lube
  • Wilson Tractor

 

Resources

Download the Automotive Technology Program's  Required Tool List »

Awards & Accolades

  • 2009 T2/Chicago Pneumatic Southeast Region School of the Year
  • Top 4, 2009 T2/Chicago Pneumatic National School of the Year
  • 2007 S.C. Automotive Award of Excellence (AIPC)

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