Automotive technology is the practical application of knowledge about self-propelled vehicles or machines. Students studying automotive technology learn about engine construction, fuel and ignition systems, power trains, brakes, transmissions, electronic and diagnostic equipment, and more.

People who study automotive technology have a strong desire to understand how things work. They are creative and logical. They have good organizational skills, along with good oral and written communication skills. The automotive technology field requires good problem solvers who are able to work in a team setting.