Auto Technology with High Performance Engines: Diploma Summary

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Employment in the field of engine technology is expected to grow as fast as average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Good job opportunities will be available for those with good formal training in mechanics with specialties in engine work. Some auto tech programs with high performance engine concentrations also prepare graduates for work on motorcycles, large power tools and seasonal recreation-oriented vehicles, like motorboats.
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Why Earn a Diploma in Auto Technology with High Performance Engines?

Career Possibilities:

Because engines have become more complex over the years, employers are looking for motor mechanics with formal education and training in all aspects of auto technology, including customer service. Engine specialists held positions repairing and maintaining motorcycles, motorboats, automobiles, auto fleets, and lawn and garden equipment, among others. High performance engine specialists are sometimes self-employed, working on custom cars, classics and antiques and street rods.

Specifics About the Degree:

Diploma programs in High Performance Engine Technology include coursework in:

  • Drive trains, axels, transmissions and transaxels
  • Electrical systems, electronics and computer controls
  • Suspension, steering and brakes
  • Engine performance
  • High performance systems, machining and engine building
  • High performance welding and fabrication
  • Other high performance component study
  • General education

Small engine mechanics generally earned between $8.48 and $21.95 in 2004 in areas such as maintenance and troubleshooting for large power equipment, recreational vehicles and motorcycles. However, employment in high performance automotive engine work centers around the racing shops and high performance service garages. Currently, jobs posted on Internet employment sites like Careerbuilder.com list high performance engine opportunities that pay between $15.00 and $30.00 per hour.

Some graduates of High Performance Engine Technician programs go on to associates degrees and even engineering degrees and experience greater opportunities, higher pay and openings in supervision and management.

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