Automotive Technician Career Outlook

Percent Employed



Northwood Tech 2020-2021 Graduate Follow-Up Survey 


Employed in Related Field


Employed in a Related Field

Northwood Tech 2020-2021 Graduate Follow-Up Survey 


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$30,000 - $73,912

Range of Yearly Salary

2020-20201 Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Program Snapshot Report (this statewide data may or may not include Northwood Tech graduates’ responses) 


Typical positions available at automobile dealerships or repair shops after graduation include:

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Brake Technician

Brake technicians diagnose brake system problems, adjust brakes, replace brake rotors and pads, and make other repairs on brake systems. Some technicians specialize in both brake and front-end work.

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Automotive Air Conditioning Technician

Automotive air-conditioning technicians install and repair air conditioners and parts, such as compressors, condensers and controls. These workers must be trained and certified in handling refrigerants.

Additional opportunities include: 

  • Auto Transmission Technician 

  • Automotive Electrical Technician

  • Service Writer

  • Drive Train Technician

  • Suspension and Alignment Technician

  • Drivability Technician

  • Automotive Technician

Transfer Opportunities

After you complete your two-year Automotive Technician degree at Northwood Tech, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

Potential careers available with further education include:

    • Automotive Service Center Manager
    • Automotive Engineer
    • Automotive Engineering Technician

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