If cars are driving themselves, where does that leave auto techs?
If you’re interested in automotive technology, we can give you all the tools you need for a career in an industry that’s changing and growing at the same time.
If you already work in automotive, do you feel like you’d better keep up?
Either way, almost everyone has a car, and qualified, trained professionals will always be in demand when it comes to keeping those cars on the road. Don’t be intimidated, be excited — and get some training.
All this advanced technology is changing a lot of careers and creating new opportunities. Automotive technicians often work with computers while they are working under the hood. They also need to know a lot about electronics and sensors. The list is getting longer by the day.
If you want to be ready and keep pace with the evolution of the automotive industry, our Automotive Technology degree program will prevent you from becoming obsolete or prepare you to jump into a job you love.
Our two-year degree program includes classroom instruction and hands-on work with state-of-the-art equipment so you’ll know how to:
use computerized diagnostic equipment to detect mechanical problems;
test parts and systems to make sure they’re working right;
fix or replace parts;
perform basic care and maintenance;
use the latest handheld, machine, and computerized tools
We offer one of the top auto mechanic training schools in Michigan. It’s a nationally certified ASE/NATEF training program.
You could choose transfer to Ferris State, Northwood, Davenport, or Franklin for two additional years and complete a four-year Automotive Marketing and Management or Automotive Service Technology program, but you could start with us.
You could set yourself up to be viable for a long time. You could choose to stay in a solid job in a local automotive shop, own a car dealership, work for one of the large manufacturers, or use your education and training in a completely different career.
Our Automotive Technology degree will help you quickly land a job, but you could use it to jumpstart a career we can’t even imagine right now.
Automotive service technician and mechanic job descriptions have changed so much that employers now prefer to hire employees that have completed formal training through a post-secondary education institution (meaning college), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS predicts the field will steadily grow — projected at 9% through 2022.
Completing educational programs and earning certificates remains more important than ever in automotive tech. You’ll need to know everything from basic engine work to electronics.
Our instructors have the ability to put bugs in vehicles in our labs. If you were a student, you’d get to chase down and diagnose issues while you learned.
By the time you earned your certification, you’d be familiar with the whole disassemble/reassemble process. You’d know the ins and outs of vehicles, from the basics and maintenance to steering and electrical systems.
Did you know our curriculum and labs are so impressive that Chrysler sends service technicians to the Roscommon campus auto tech lab at least once a year for training on new technology in their vehicles?
High school students from the northern Michigan region are familiar with Kirtland’s auto tech program. Many of those students attend the Tawas’ IRESA Career Tech Center and Houghton Lake High School. They use our curriculum and earn direct college credit (also known as dual enrollment) for taking classes sponsored by Kirtland.
Most of our adult auto-tech students say they thought about registering for a long time before they took the first step. Why would you let another day go by?
If you’re more educated and more qualified, you’ll have choices.
If you’re ready to grow and thrive in an Automotive career or make more money where you work right now, call Cesalee at 989-275-6745 to get started.
Or get more information here: www.kirtland.edu/programs-we-offer/automotive-technology-degrees.