Four-Year Diesel & Heavy Equipment
Career Opportunities and Potential Employers
The Pitt State Automotive & Diesel Technology program is well known for developing leaders in the field of Automotive and Diesel Technology. This program not only gives students the technical skills required for a fast changing industry, but the program also works hard to develop graduates who can lead by example. Companies continue to recruit PSU Automotive Technology graduates because they have found that the graduates are well rounded technically and are effective communicators.
What types of jobs do students typically obtain upon graduation?
The following list of jobs are a few examples:
- Field Representative - This job often begins in a management trainee position, where a company develops the graduate to become a product support representative that travels a territory and assists dealerships in sales, service, parts, and or warranty.
- Technical Hotline - In this job a graduate is trained to answer dealer technical inquiries on automobiles or equipment.
- Aftermarket Sales - This job trains a graduate to manage a parts store or other stores related to aftermarket accessories.
- Author - Graduates begin their career by writing service and or repair manuals.
Service Writer - Dealerships often start graduates writing repair orders. This job requires knowledge of the automobile/equipment and good communication skills.
- Fleet Equipment Manager - In this job, graduates manage equipment by performing preventative maintenance inspections on equipment and scheduling repairs, to ensure that the equipment is available for everyday production.
- Technician - Other students begin their career as a technician and work towards becoming a service manager or fleet manager.
What is a typical starting salary for an Automotive Technology/Diesel & Heavy Equipment Graduate?
Depending upon the area of the country, a corporate starting salary can vary between $35,000 to $60,000 a year. Graduates that accept jobs in small rural communities might start at a lower hourly wage, such as $10 to $15 per hour.
What type of tools are required for the 4-year Automotive Technology/Diesel & Heavy Equipment program?
All the 4-year Automotive Technology classes have the necessary tools provided for each laboratory; therefore, 4-year Automotive Technology students do not bring tools or purchase tools.
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