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Automotive Technology
Area Employers Strategies

Teaching/ Training/ Academia

  • High School
    Technology
    Instructor
  • Community
    College
    Automotive
    Instructor
  • Corporate
    Technical
    Trainer
  • Corporate
    Automotive
    Business
    Operations
    Trainer
  • Curriculum
    Developer
  • Subject Matter
    Expert
  • Instructional Designer/
    Writer
  • Technical Author
  • Service Manual Author
  • Owner’s Manual Author
  • Training
    Management

High School districts, Technical Institutes, Community Colleges, Universities, Automotive Manufacturers, Med./Hvy. Duty Truck Manufacturers, Industrial/ Agricultural Manufacturers, Engine Manufacturers, Automotive Component/ Systems Suppliers, Automotive Parts Suppliers, Automotive Equipment Suppliers, Automotive Services Suppliers, Motor Carriers, Railroads

Achieve ASE Certification,
Serve Internships/
Externships,Develop
Relevant Work
Experiences

Consider support courses
in areas such as:

  • Automotive Technical
  • Occupational Analysis &
    Curriculum Development
  • Needs Assessment
  • Instructional Methods &
    Materials
  • Assessment of Learner
    Performance

For High School
instructors, consider 
the SIU Automotive
and Workforce 
Education Dual Major
option. This leads towards
IL State teacher
certification opportunities

Technical/ Service/ Diagnostics/ Quality

  • Technical
    Assistance
  • Service
    Procedure Development/
    Improvement
  • Diagnostic
    Procedure Development/
    Improvement
  • Field Diagnostic
    and Service
    Support
  • Serviceability
    of Vehicles
    and Systems
  • Production and Assembly Quality Control
  • After Sales Reliability/
    Quality
    Improvement
  • Diagnostic
    Equipment Development/
    Support
  • Service Tool
    Development/ Support
  • Customer Technical
    Support
  • Technician

Automotive Manufacturers, Med./Hvy. Duty Truck Manufacturers, Industrial/ Agricultural Manufacturers, Engine Manufacturers, Automotive Component/ Systems Suppliers, Automotive Parts Suppliers, Automotive Equipment Suppliers, Automotive Services Suppliers, Motor Carriers, Railroads, Service Contract Companies, Insurance Companies, Retail Service Providers, Dealerships, Retail Parts Companies, Government Agencies, Leasing/Rental Companies

Achieve ASE Certification,
Serve Internships/
Externships, Develop
Relevant Work Experiences

Consider support courses
in areas such as:

  • Automotive Technical
  • Automotive Business
  • Statistics
  • Spreadsheet/Database

Business/ Management/ Marketing

  • Corporate Service Management
  • Retail Service Management
  • Sales/Marketing Management
  • Business Analysis/ Improvement
  • Warranty Operations
  • Business Development/ Growth
  • Retail/ Corporate Audit
  • Program Management
  • Tool/ Equipment Operations
  • Product/ Customer Concern Resolution
  • Quality Assurance Programs
  • Branch/Region/ District Management
  • Dealership/ Government Affairs

Automotive Manufacturers, Med./Hvy. Duty Truck Manufacturers, Industrial/ Agricultural Manufacturers, Engine Manufacturers, Automotive Component/ Systems Suppliers, Automotive Parts Suppliers, Automotive Equipment Suppliers, Automotive Services Suppliers, Motor Carriers, Railroads, Service Contract Companies, Insurance Companies, Retail Service Providers, Dealerships, Retail Parts Companies, Government Agencies, Leasing/ Rental Companies, Auto Body/ paint Suppliers

Achieve ASE Certification,
Serve Internships/
Externships, Develop
Relevant Work Experiences

Consider support courses
in areas such as:
  • Automotive Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Spreadsheet/Database
  • Consumer Behavior

Fleet/ Logistics

  • Vehicle Purchasing/ Acquisition
  • Vehicle Scheduling/ Assignment
  • Maintenance/ Repair Scheduling
  • Component/ Support Procurement
  • Program/ Operating Procedure Development/ Management
  • Vehicle Remarketing/ Sales
  • Customer Support
  • Third Party Logistics
  • Supply Chain Management

Automotive Manufacturers, Med./Hvy. Duty Truck Manufacturers, Industrial/ Agricultural Manufacturers, Engine Manufacturers, Automotive Component/ Systems Suppliers, Automotive Parts Suppliers, Automotive Equipment Suppliers, Automotive Services Suppliers, Motor Carriers, Railroads, Service Contract Companies, Insurance Companies, Retail Service Providers, Dealerships, Retail Parts Companies, Government Agencies, Leasing/Rental Companies

Achieve ASE Certification,
Serve Internships/ Externships, Develop
Relevant Work Experiences

Consider support courses
in areas such as:

  • Automotive Technical
  • Automotive Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Spreadsheet/Database
  • Consumer Behavior

Links

SIU Automotive Technology Program

SIU Automotive Technology Facebook Page

Strategies for placement

  • Automotive Technology is a broad area that leads to many opportunities in many sectors of the industry.  Strategies for successful placement will vary depending upon the organization, but the following will typically apply to most all opportunities:
  • Obtain Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification in the areas of Automobile A1-A8.
  • Depending upon career goals, obtain Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification in other appropriate areas such as, Automobile A9, Advanced Automobile L1, Medium/Hvy Truck T1-T8, and Collision B2-B6.
  • Gain relevant experience through part-time work and summer jobs.  Relevant work experience is necessary for some internship and full-time employment opportunities.
  • Participate in formal internships and externships.  This can help build your work experience.
  • Take leadership roles in student organizations, school projects, or work assignments.
  • Participate in volunteer activities that demonstrate unselfish giving back and/or forward.
  • Participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities that demonstrate a “well-rounded” person of varied interests.
  • Learn to work independently.
  • Learn to work effectively in a team with a variety of people.
  • Get involved in professional associations in your field such as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Develop and utilize a personal network of contacts.  Attend company information sessions and job fairs.
  • Develop communication skills, including written and presentation through your coursework and work experiences.
  • Develop computer skills, especially spreadsheet and database management.
  • Develop diagnostic, logic, reasoning, and analytical skills through your coursework and work experiences.
  • Develop problem solving, negotiating, and influencing skills through your coursework and work experiences.
  • Maintain work flexibility. Flexibility is often important to many organizations/corporations in the areas of work location, travel requirements, work schedules, and responsibilities.
  • Maintain a good Grade Point Average (GPA).  GPA is important in obtaining some internship and full-time employment positions.
  • Keep a good driving record. Employers do check driving records.  Higher risk drivers may find reduced opportunities.
  • Stay away from drugs. Drug testing is typically required for employment.

Suggestions

  • Get to know your instructors and advisor.  They have a wealth of information to ease your transition to and progression through the program.  They are an excellent resource for guidance while at SIU and opportunities in the industry.
  • Getting involved.  Watch your email for program announcements and details.  Attend industry information sessions held throughout the school year.  Joining various Registered Student Organizations (RSO’s) such as the Department’s Automotive Technology Organization and Society of Automotive Engineers student chapter while at SIU is a start to many of the items mentioned in the strategies above.
  • Become the professional.  Develop and keep professional communication practices (Facebook, email, voicemail, and thank you letters).  Watch what you post on social networking internet sites.  Dress appropriately during information sessions and interviews.  Maintain a professional attitude and approach at all times.