Automotive Technology

Regional Employment Forecast

Hourly Salary Range (Klamath Area):
$10.51 - $29.74
Hourly Salary Range (State of Oregon):
$10.79 - $29.41
Area Employment Projections: The projected growth from 2014-2024 in the Klamath area is 11.5%. The projected growth in the state of Oregon is 11%.
Statewide Employment Analysis: The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2024. Educational Requirements: The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary non-degree award. Those with an Associate's degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market.

All data was gathered from the State of Oregon Employment Department
Data provided for a mechanic position. For a different employment forecast please visit the State of Oregon's Employment Department.
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What does a automotive technician do?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, automotive service technicians "inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks." Students who complete the Automotive Technology program at KCC will leave prepared to work as an automotive service technician, including Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.

What is the difference between a service technician and a mechanic?

An auto mechanic is widely versed on maintenance and repair on several parts of a car. An automotive service technician interacts with the computers in your car to test and diagnose problems. Auto technicians tend to work on only one or two brands, while mechanics usually work on several makes and models of cars.

What is an automotive engineer?

According to, "Automotive engineers can design and test brake systems, engines, safety mechanisms, fuel technologies and transmissions. In the field, engineers use design software to devise new vehicle designs or systems, including ThinkDesign Engineering, Gamma Technologies GT-SUITE or Corel Painter Sketch Pad. Some engineers also use grinders, machine tools and workshop presses to fabricate prototype parts for testing. Individuals interested in designing, testing and creating automotive systems may be drawn to this line of work."

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Jeff Rush
Automotive Program Lead
7390 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603