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Brake and Suspension Specialist

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Department: Automotive

Program Type: Automotive and Truck Driving


At Elgin Community College, you receive hands-on training in all aspects of automotive brake systems and front-end and rear-suspension technicians. Instructors are proficient in their respective fields, providing a well-rounded education for those interested in these professional technical areas.

Training includes a comprehensive course providing service skills involving automotive suspension and steering systems. Shop exercises and lectures combine knowledge of front and rear suspension systems, wheels and tires, wheel balance, steering systems, and four-wheel alignment. Diagnosis of these systems is emphasized. This course is repeatable to 10 credits.

Students will learn the fundamentals of brake systems, including diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of brake components. Additionally, they will gain expertise in suspension systems, covering topics such as alignment, steering, and suspension components. Through hands-on training and classroom instruction, students will develop the proficiency needed to perform responsible duties in automotive repair settings. Upon completing the program, graduates will be prepared to pursue careers as skilled brake and suspension specialists in various automotive repair shops, dealerships, or independent businesses.

What does a brake and suspension specialist do?

A brake and suspension specialist plays a crucial role in the automotive repair industry, focusing on diagnosing, repairing, and maintaining vehicle brake and suspension systems. These specialists have expertise in identifying brake system issues, such as worn brake pads, malfunctioning calipers, or leaking brake lines. Brake and suspension specialists perform necessary repairs or replacements to ensure optimal braking performance. Additionally, they are skilled in diagnosing suspension problems, including issues with shocks, struts, or steering components, and implementing solutions to restore proper alignment, stability, and handling to the vehicle.

Moreover, brake and suspension specialists stay up-to-date with technological advancements and safety regulations in the automotive industry to provide high-quality services that meet industry standards.

By carefully inspecting, troubleshooting, and servicing brake and suspension systems, these specialists ensure the safety, reliability, and performance of vehicles, contributing to the overall integrity and mobility of the automotive world.

How do I become a brake and suspension specialist as a mechanic?

Completing a certification program like ECC is essential to becoming a certified Brake and Suspension Specialist. This opens the door to entry-level positions with automotive repair facilities, dealerships, and franchises where you can receive advanced training.

What is the work environment like for a Brake and Suspension Specialist?

The work environment for a Brake and Suspension Specialist is any type of garage setting where the primary work is performed on a lift. Power Tools are needed for these job functions. One specialist is assigned to one automobile.

What are similar occupations for someone with a brake and suspension certificate?

Similar occupations include basic automotive mechanics, aircraft and aviation mechanical technicians, automotive body and glass repair specialists, diesel service technicians and mechanics, heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians, and small engine mechanics. Half of these positions require a high school diploma for entry-level education. The variety of these different occupations requires inspecting and repairing.

What is the job outlook for an automotive brake and suspension repair specialist?

The U.S Department of Labor Statistics estimates that automotive service technicians and mechanics are projected to show little to no change from 2020 to 2030. On average, there are an estimated 69,000 job openings for automotive service technicians and mechanics over the next decade.

It's unsure what future employment looks like in the automotive industry, but there's been a significant increase in the production of electric vehicles. This may limit future demand for automotive technicians and mechanics because electric vehicles require less maintenance. Check out the Career Coach site to learn about related professions and compensation.

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An overview of Elgin Community College's automotive program. This program provides training in all phases of automotive maintenance work for all types of vehicles.

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