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Applied Technology Campus Expansion

Automotive

Automotive Technology has an eye towards success!
Automotive Student

With the campus expansion, Northeastern’s Automotive Technology program will move into the much larger space currently occupied by Diesel Technology. The Automotive service occupation is projected to grow in demand due to expected high number of retirees over the next decade. There are similar trends in other repair occupations that project shortages of skilled technicians. Most job opportunities project to be in auto dealerships and independent repair shops along the Front Range of Colorado.

Automotive floorplan

Recent restructuring in the High School program will ensure that concurrently enrolled students will complete with marketable credentials. This two instructor program seeks to ensure that all students are prepared for success.

Growth plus replacement needs for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics in Colorado are estimated to average about 1,602 openings per year from 2017-2027. Of these estimated 1,602 openings per year, 11.4% are due to growth (183 new positions) and 30.4% are due to exits (487 workers leaving the labor force/ retiring), and 58.2% are due to transfers (932 workers changing occupations).

Growth plus replacement needs for all Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations in Colorado are estimated to average 12,963 openings per year from 2017-2027. Compare 14.4% of annual openings are due to growth (1,873 new positions) and 31.3% are due to exits (4,062 workers leaving the labor force), and 54.2% are due to transfers (7,028 workers changing occupations). These figures do not take into account how many workers will be competing for these openings.

Nationally, Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics are expected to grow at 6.1% over the next 10 years adding 75,600 jobs.

The Automotive Service occupation is seeing a large increase in projected replacement needs over the next decade. Couple this with similar trends in other repair occupations and there will be a shortage of skilled technicians. Most job opportunities will exist in automobile dealerships and independent repair shops with the most employment opportunities in the Front Range from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs.

Data from VE-135 5 year trends on CCCS for the NJC Automotive program

http://coloradostateplan.com/administrator/data-reports/

  • NJC Automotive Students have a Completion Rate of 70% compared to a 55% completion Rate in other automotive programs in Colorado.
  • The NJC Automotive program is the only ASE Education Master level accredited program in Colorado.
  • The NJC automotive program has a 164% higher disadvantaged student enrollment (66% vs. 25%) compared to NJC as a whole.
  • The auto program has an 83% higher disadvantaged student enrollment (66% vs. 36%) compared with other Auto programs in Colorado.