Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

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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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Anthony Brown
Automotive Program Lead
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Klamath Falls, OR 97603