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Automotive Engineering Technology

401 Associates's Degrees Annually
367 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#82 in Popularity (Associate's)
$43,730 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Automotive Engineering Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many automotive engineering technology/technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 401
Basic Certificate 256
Undergraduate Certificate 115

What Automotive Engineering Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, automotive engineering tech majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Automotive Engineering Tech Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in automotive engineering tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills for Automotive Engineering Tech Majors

automotive engineering tech majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Abilities for Automotive Engineering Tech Majors

Automotive Engineering Tech majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.

What Can You Do With a Automotive Engineering Technology Major?

People with a automotive engineering tech degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Automotive Master Mechanics 6.1% $40,710

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Engineering Technology?

401 Associate's Degrees Annually
8% Percent Women
36% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major attracts more men than women. About 92% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of automotive engineering tech majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Automotive Engineering Tech Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 14
Black or African American 45
Hispanic or Latino 66
White 241
International Students 4
Other Races/Ethnicities 31

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Automotive Engineering Tech. About 1.0% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Automotive Engineering Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to automotive engineering tech is $43,730. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with automotive engineering tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to automotive engineering tech have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 42.5%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 54.2%
Some College Courses 5.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.5%

Online Automotive Engineering Technology Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 63 schools offered some type of automotive engineering technology/technician program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 19 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 16 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 41 1
Bachelor’s Degree 3 2
Post-Baccalaureate 19 0
Master’s Degree 2 1
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Automotive Engineering Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a automotive engineering tech grad is $43,730 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 10% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $76,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to automotive engineering tech.

Major Number of Grads
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 4,390
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician 1,355
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other 774

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