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Choosing a Career in Automotive Technology

If you want to get on the road with one of today’s hottest careers, consider getting behind the wheel of the Automotive Technology Program at Suffolk County Community College. Today’s automobiles are equipped with complex computer and electronic systems. Highly trained, skilled technicians who understand leading-edge automotive technology are needed both locally and nationwide. “In our region, experienced technicians can make upwards of $100,000 annually,” says David Macholz, Academic Chair and Director of Automotive Technology at Suffolk. While many graduates of the program become technicians, some also branch out into other areas, including service, finance, sales and more. A general manager at a Long Island-based dealership can command a salary of $250,000, with some able to earn significantly more.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of automotive service technicians is projected to grow six percent from 2016 to 2026. The number of vehicles in use is expected to continue to rise. More entry-level service technicians will be needed to perform basic maintenance and repair, such as replacing brake pads and changing oil, on these vehicles. Increased adaptation of new technologies, such as electric vehicles, can present additional opportunities for knowledgeable and certified professionals.