What is the Automotive Industry?
The automotive industry involves the design, operation, manufacture, or sale of automobiles or automotive parts. Mechanics and automotive service techs repair automobiles and perform maintenance to keep them in good, running condition. Other types of automotive careers include auto body and glass repair. Those jobs are ideal for people who enjoy restoring and refinishing vehicles, including replacing the glass in missing or broken windows and windshields.
Cabarrus County is fortunate to have a rich history in the automotive motorsports industry. The high-octane world of NASCAR racing is proud to call Cabarrus County its home. NASCAR’s top teams including Hendrick Motorsports, Stewart-Hass Racing, Roush-Fenway Racing, and Chip Ganassi Racing all call Cabarrus County home. In addition, facilities such as the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the zMax Dragway, and Windshear—a one-of-a-kind wind tunnel facility featuring a 200-mph rolling-road surface all are situated in Cabarrus County.
Skills/Traits for a Career in Automotives:
- Eye-hand coordination
High School: If you are a high school student and are interested in learning more about a career in the automotive industry, please contact your career counselors or visit your school system’s website. (Cabarrus County Schools, Kannapolis City Schools).
Two-Year College: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers automotive certification courses. Also, you can study motorsports management at RCCC. This curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform mid-management level functions in motorsports-related companies.
Four-Year College: UNC Charlotte offers a motorsports program within its mechanical engineering department. Its program is well-respected in the automotive and racing industries. UNC Charlotte offers one of the most innovative “hands-on” programs available in the U.S., allowing students to be some of the most qualified applicants in motorsports.
Automotive Job Market:
The number of vehicles in use is on the rise, according to the BLS, creating the need for more mechanics and collision repair technicians. Even though cutting edge technology cuts back the number of workers needed to do repair work, automotive careers are still expected to increase over the next 10 years. Jobs for mechanics should grow from 701,100 reported in 2012 to 761,500 by 2022, and auto body and glass repair jobs are projected to increase from 172,200 to 195,100 in the same amount of time.
Automotive Careers in Cabarrus County:
- Technicians/Mechanics – Average salary of $41,600
- Service Advisor – Average salary of $50,300
- Repairers – Average salary of $54,100
- Estimator – Average salary of $58,800
- Mechanical Engineer – Average salary of $70,700