What Career Opportunities are Available upon Completion?
In the U.S. the automotive industry and its 350,000 related industries employ 7 million people, yet less than 10% of college and trade school students are graduates of an automotive technology program. People in the U.S. spend $300 billion a year on automobile purchases and maintenance. The career opportunities are endless.
How many jobs are available in the area?
Studies show a steady increase of available jobs for entry level technicians, about 350 jobs in the next 3 to 5 years in the East Texas area alone.
What if I don't want to get greasy for a living?
There are a large number of occupations where a good understanding of an automobile and/or the automotive industry would be a great asset.
Will you help me find a job upon graduation?
Yes. Kilgore College has an outstanding Automotive Advisory Committee made up of local employers.
What do graduates of the program do?
Students who graduate from this program can work as automobile and truck technicians for new car dealerships, fleet maintenance and repair shops. Many graduates go into business for themselves.
What is the job outlook for graduates?
Outstanding. Since 1999, 100 percent of graduates have been placed in jobs in the automotive industry.
What kind of salary can graduates expect?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median salary for Automotive Technology is $34,550. Local salaries will vary.
Graduates going into business for themselves or in management in large dealerships may make much more.
How long does it take to complete the program?
Graduates of the two-year program earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Two shorter certificate programs are also available.