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Capital Region Career & Technical School

Automotive Trades Technology

Automotive technicians are in high demand. From computerized diagnostics to hands-on repair, students in the Automotive Trades Technology program learn how to service and maintain all types of cars and light trucks. This two-year program covers engine theory and specialized tools and equipment to customer service and shop management.

Fast Facts

Larger auto picInformation provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Job Projections: 9 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2022
  • Median U.S. Salary: $36,610 (in 2012)
  • Education requirements: A high school diploma or the equivalent is typically the minimum requirement to work as an automotive service technician or mechanic. Industry certification is typically required once the person is employed and can be seen as a bonus for those seeking employment without post-secondary education.


How Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there

Capital Region BOCES automotive trades students work on late-model vehicles donated by automotive manufacturers and their own vehicles. Many students completing this program continue their professional education at college or automotive schools. Throughout their education they develop a a portfolio which they present to teachers, administrators, peers and/or industry professionals. The portfolio includes employability information and exemplary work in technical and communication skills that students have created and developed over the course of the year.

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National certification:

Career & Techs Automotive Trades Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation/National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). To become certified, the program must meet stringent requirements for instructor, curriculum and learning environment.


College articulation agreements:

  • Hudson Valley Community College
  • Columbia Greene Community College
  • SUNY Alfred
  • Universal Technical Institute
  • University of Northwestern Ohio


Career opportunities:

  • Automotive service technician
  • Service writer
  • Service manager
  • Diagnostic technician
  • Station manager
  • Auto parts salesperson
  • Dealership auto services manager
  • Auto parts sales manager


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