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A high-paying career in automotive technology can be yours with skills training from Eastern

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A high-paying career in automotive technology can be yours with skills training from Eastern

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Do you enjoy an intellectually challenging environment that keeps you on your toes? Do you have a passion for cars and computers and enjoy solving puzzles? If so, then Eastern Arizona College may be the place for you to realize your goal of a career in automotive technology as an entry-level, mid-level, or even a master service technician.

“Careers in automotive technology have changed over the past 10-20 years,” said EAC Automotive Technology Instructor and Industrial Technology Education Chair Brian Coppola. “If you want to make a financially rewarding career out of it, you need to get the training and the certifications that go along with it. Otherwise, you’ll be changing oil and patching tires your whole life.”

Eastern offers certificates in Auto Parts Specialist and Automotive Technician which can be accomplished in just two semesters, and a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Service Technology. The certificate programs can get your foot in the door at a dealership or a local auto shop. For those seeking a higher-paying job in the automotive field, the more in-depth AAS degree can set them up for jobs that can pay from $70-100,000 a year. According to, over the next ten years, there will be about 31,900 new jobs available annually in the service sector of the automotive industry.

“We’ve designed our programs to be taught in eight-week blocks—meeting twice a week—so that our students can keep their jobs while attending college,” explained Coppola. “Also, the students can pick and choose from the many different specialty areas we teach.”

Some of those choices include: Engine Performance (fuel injection and emission systems), Engine Mechanical, Steering/Suspension Systems, Brakes Systems, Electrical Systems, Vehicle Maintenance, Heating and Air Conditioning Systems, Transmissions and Drive Trains, and Advanced Shop.

New blocks of classes begin every eight weeks and the next group begins January 10 with Internal Combustion Engines, Steering and Suspension, Automotive Electronics and Computerized Vehicle Controls, and Engine Performance and Drivability.

For more information about EAC’s Automotive Technology programs, contact Coppola at 428-8435. ###