Automotive Technology

 

Best-Mechanic-SchoolsEstablished in 1908, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology's Automotive Technology program located in Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest in the nation and certified by the National Automotive Technician Educational Foundation (NATEF). The Community for Accredited Online Schools ranks our program among the top 50 programs in the U.S. for mechanic education. We are ranked 35th when compared to 4-year colleges.

As a BFIT student, you will learn how to repair all makes and models by automotive professors with decades of industry experience. In a full-service working garage, using state-of-the art equipment, you will learn how to diagnose and repair all areas of the modern automobile. 

Nationally, jobs for Automotive Technicians are expected to grow 17% by 2020. Innovations in technology are making cars smarter and more efficient. They are also more complex to diagnose, maintain, and repair. Our strong relationships with dealerships, independent shops, manufacturers, fleet services, and automotive part distributors, will help you get a lucrative job in the field, and gain the necessary skills to climb the ranks.

Programs 

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Automotive Management

Graduates of this program can establish mid- and upper-level management careers throughout the automotive and related industries. BFIT enhances employment opportunities through close association with Boston area dealerships, as well as national manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors,Honda, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.

The Automotive department endorses ASE Certification. All members of the Automotive Faculty are ASE Certified Automobile Technicians. The department also offers a student chapter of SAE.

Associate of Science (AS) in Automotive Technology

The automotive industry offers exciting and rewarding careers for people who have an interest in diagnosing and repairing mechanical components and computer/electrical circuitry. Additionally, these careers contribute significantly to a cleaner environment and the safety of the general public. This industry is not limited to automobiles, as it covers a broad spectrum that includes marine, heavy-duty trucks,off-road equipment, recreational vehicles and stationary power plants. Graduates of the Automotive Technology program are prepared for employment in the automotive industry as technicians, machinists,unit specialists, emission and performance diagnosticians, department managers,and manufacturer’s representatives.

The College enhances opportunities for employment through close association with dealerships and independent repair facilities throughout Massachusetts. Successful completion of this program provides the student with an Associate of Science degree and the opportunity to continue in the Bachelor of Science program in Automotive Management. The Automotive Department strongly endorses AutomotiveService Excellence (ASE) Certification. All of the Automotive Faculty are ASE Certified, and we encourage our students to take these tests for national certification,as they are ready.

Certificate of Proficiency in Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology Department also offers a certificate program in automotive technology. The certificate program prepares students for entry level positions in the Automotive Technology field and contains 8 essential courses. Normally, the program can be completed in 1 year.This program follows all federal regulations regarding gainful employment.

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What will you learn?

  • Electrical/electronics
  • Climate control
  • Brakes
  • Transmissions
  • Chassis
  • Engine Repair
  • Emissions and energy performance
  • Hybrid and electric car technology
  • ASE Certification

Job Outlook

The US automotive repair and maintenance industry is expected to grow 30% through 2020. 

  • Average Automotive Technician salary in MA is $43,000, which is 20% higher than the industry's national average
  • In Massachusetts, there are around 99 suppliers, 2,366 dealerships, and 8,400 repair/service facilities
  • Auto makers generated $500 billion in annual compensation and invested $46 billion in US facilities between 2010-2014

Career Paths

  • Automotive Technician
  • Parts Specialist
  • Service Advisor
  • Automotive Salesperson
  • Automotive Service Writer
  • Internet Sales Coordinator

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