Automotive Education

Published: August 25, 2020
Last updated: December 14, 2020

Despite being relatively similar across many countries, the quality of education in the Automotive sector varies considerably. The dichotomy of expectations may be more accurately described as an asymmetrical education gap.

What's in store for the automotive industry's future? How will the auto technician position continue to develop? Well, take a look at the partly automated features of today's cars, and you'll soon perceive what is to come. Fully autonomous transportations may even be part of our civilization someday.

The need for people equipped with automotive education is growing. The automotive and sustenance sectors are presumed to grow six percent from 2016 to 2026, with many new jobs totaled. Also, as per the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the area is assumed to sustain a higher than average increase rate than other jobs on a nationwide scale.

Despite this, employers are increasingly concerned that they are not receiving the most industry-ready graduates they need. On the other hand, more automotive students now need the skills, knowledge, and understanding that employers seek in their recruits. As the demand for qualified personnel continues to rise, so does the demand for the education required to qualify as competent graduates and future career professionals.

There are several different educational experiences available for those wishing to pursue a profession in the auto industry. Several types of automotive qualifications are available, such as driver's license (if you have no previous driving experience), commercial driver's license, learner's permit, and insurance licensing. If you are searching for an apprenticeship or an online education program, this may be appropriate. However, if you are after an established university or college, you will have to find a specific program for your needs.

Although not a recognized qualification, there is an increasing demand for Automotive Industry Management Training. The government does not recognize this particular type of training. Therefore, it is available only via independent training providers who are members of the Accreditation Council for Automotive Management Education (AcmaME). AcmaME accredited training will have been approved by the AcmaME Board of Trustees and will provide all necessary accreditation for the training provider to be recognized by all government agencies involved in establishing the requirements for a license.

For those looking at a university degree in Automotive Engineering or Mechanics, you should consider the requirements and the different programs available to you depending on your academic goals. If you are interested in a Ph.D., attending a Ph.D. program may take four years. Suppose you are planning on a career change at the end of the four-year degree. In that case, you will need to choose between programs that will give you a relevant foundation in the discipline and career advice and career development programs that will help you advance your knowledge and skills.

An Associate's Degree is the minimum degree that most employers require for the job. You can earn your Associate's Degree from an accredited institution and earn your Bachelor's Degree from a school recognized by the Accrediting Body for its programs.

Founder, Editor-in-Chief Carmelo Pickel is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Keep Driving, with almost 20 years of experience working in the industry. Before founding Keep Driving, Carmelo held leadership roles for over a decade on top automotive dealership corporations across North America, handling various leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, and Incentives.
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