Students are gaining in-depth knowledge of the various high-wage, high-demand careers across the state of Hawaii. Some students may be interested in Automotive Service & Repair.

Many students are familiar with cars, but don’t know what goes into building and/or maintaining them. Further, they are unfamiliar with the various job opportunities and specializations related to this field.

During this session, we would like to learn about the various specializations within the field of Automotive Service & Repair. We would also like to learn about the ways in which an individual can advance from entry level into more high skill positions. It would be ideal if a professional, or a team of professionals, could give us mini demonstrations reflective of these various job opportunities and their increasing complexity, both in terms of skill and education, overtime.

Key Questions

  • What led you into a career in automotive?
  • What steps did you take to gain experience in this field, before your current position?
  • What role do you have now?


  • What are the various types of jobs available to people with only a high school diploma?
  • What kinds of roles are available for individuals with an Associate degree?
  • What roles are available for individuals with a Bachelor degree?
    • Is it possible to move from one type of role into another with advanced education?
    • Can you outline the increased complexity of skills and education required from entry to high skill employment?


  • Please tell us how you recommend students gain experience in automotive while they are in high school.
    • Are there any courses, or certifications (Automotive Service, Collision Repair) pertinent to automotive that students can/should take in high school?
    • Are there any part-time opportunities students can start while in high school to assess their fit/interest in this pathway?


  • What advice do you have for students today, for a career in automotive tomorrow?

Expected Outcomes

  • Students will understand that the automotive industry relies on individuals with an array of education and training backgrounds (entry, middle, and high skill).
  • Students will realize that gaining early experiences in automotive will help them find their best professional fit within the field.
  • Students will be able to thoughtfully reflect, list, and discuss career ladders aligned with this sector.


Curriculum Alignment

EMPLOYABILITY AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT: Know and understand the importance of employability skills. Explore, plan, and effectively manage careers. Know and understand the importance of entrepreneurship skills.

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Session Date

 11/28/2018 1:00 PM   Eastern Time






Adler Chavez TriMet