Automotive Technology Program

Jobs in the Auto Tech industry are projected to grow by 14% through the year 2016.


Two reasons. First, more than 110,000 new jobs are expected to be created. And, second, many skilled technicians are expected to retire, so the demand for qualified, trained technicians to replace them will be high. (source: U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics)

Want a job?

No problem. Automotive Technology grads have a 100% job placement rate.

If you have excellent problem-solving skills, enjoy working with people, and love working with your hands, consider a career in automotive technology. Onondaga grads have a 100% job placement rate, but Professor Gary Ruebsamen, chair of the auto tech program, says the real key to success in this industry is for students to make themselves indispensable.

“The technology in new vehicles is changing rapidly, but the fundamentals of automotive technology remain the same,” he says. “My goal is to teach students these core fundamentals so they can build upon them. This way, they’ll be successful wherever they go and they’ll be ready for anything that comes down the road.”

Students work in a state-of-the-art auto electronics lab and vehicle training area on the first floor of the Whitney Applied Technology Center. For every hour in the classroom, students spend about two hours doing hands-on learning in the lab working on more than 20 different foreign and domestic vehicles.

Professor Ruebsamen takes the role of the customer to stress the importance of customer service while properly diagnosing a vehicle.

Learn more about the Automotive Technology program 

Students with the Automotive Technology A.A.S. degree are ready for positions such as:

  • Automotive Technician
  • Service Representative
  • Electronic Diagnostic Technician
  • Sales, Service and Equipment Trainer

With further education, students can pursue careers in:

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Management
  • Teaching