Course Description
Automotive Mechanics is a 2-year, highly technical program designed to prepare you with an extensive knowledge of automotive parts and their application, and entry into mechanically related occupations. High School students receive 3 credits per year, while adult students attend five hours per day and complete the curriculum in one year. In addition to training in shop skills, written and oral communications, you will learn how to operate various shop machines including the electronic analyzers, precision measuring devices, brake lathes, wheel alignment equipment, and hydraulic presses. Some occupations this class will prepare you for are transmission specialist, air conditioning specialist, small engine technician, and many more.

Personal Skills
Personal skills include making judgments and decisions as well as meeting strict standards, verbal and written communication skills, mechanical aptitude.

Salary Range
The average salary for entry-level workers in Missouri is $19,720 ($9.48/hr) to an average of $41,210 ($19.81/hr) for experienced workers. The hourly average wage in Missouri is $16.37.

Suggested Related H.S. Coursework and Activities
Algebra, Biology, Chemistry, Sociology, Psychology, Keyboarding, Language Arts, Speech, Automotive Technology, Principles of Technology, Applied Math, Electronics, Applied Physics, SkillsUSA

Physical Skills
Physical skills include lifting, carrying, reaching, using hands and fingers, seeing clearly up close, judging depth and distance, and seeing color differences.

Missouri Job Outlook
Employment is projected to change from 17,370 in 2016 to 18,050 in 2006 for a 3.9% increase. It is estimated that 417 average annual job openings will be created by growth and persons leaving the labor force. Due to the large number of persons acquiring skills in this area, competition for jobs may be highly competitive, and require a high level of technological knowledge.

Continuing Education
1-2 year vocational programs, 2-year applied associate programs, 4-year baccalaureate programs, automotive manufacturer apprenticeships, military

Related Post-Secondary Programs
Automotive Engineering Technnology/Technician, Automotive Mechanic Technician, Mechanical Engineering, Military, Apprenticeship, etc.

Related Occupations
Automobile service station technician; Air conditioning technician; Front-end technician; Transmission technician; Tune-up technician; Brake technician; Muffler installer; Service writer, Technical writer; Specialty service technician; Service advisor; Automotive parts clerk; Parts manager; Insurance adjuster.

The percent of our students who, 6 months after graduation, were continuing their education, employed in the workforce or in the military.

  • 2003 – 95%
  • 2004 – 94%
  • 2005 – 100%
  • 2006 – 93%
  • 2007 – 100%
  • 2008 – 90%


Auto Services Technology Curriculum
Total Clock Hours 450 450
Clock Hours
Units of Study 1st yr. 2nd yr.
Orientation/Introduction/Safety 20 10
Electrical Systems 50 60
Engine Performance 80 80
Engine Repair 60 60
Steering and Suspension 60 45
Brake Systems & Service Procedures 45 45
Manual Drive Trans Axles 45 45
Automatic Transmissions and Trans Axles 45 60
Heating & Air Conditioning 30 30
Merchandising, Human Relations & Careers, & Personal Development 15 15

Auto Service Technology Gainful Employment Information