Major: Automotive Technology
Scott Shotton initially came to College of DuPage to study advertising design.
After joining the U.S. Army, Shotton became a heavy-wheeled vehicle mechanic and decided he enjoyed the work. He then returned to COD and, using his military education benefits, earned his Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology.
“College of DuPage helped me expand on the knowledge I learned in the military,” he said. “From there, my automotive career just continued to grow.”
This included working in an independent repair shop for near 15 years, teaching part-time at night for COD's Automotive program and then full-time for Kishwaukee College’s Automotive Technology program, becoming an automotive trainer for the Illinois EPA’s vehicle emissions testing program, and starting his own business – The Driveability Guys – in 2006.
“The business conducts automotive technical training around the U.S. and Canada,” he said. “I then expanded to perform mobile diagnostics and module programming. In 2009, I started EZ Tech Mentors with a business colleague. This company delivers customized technical training directly to individual automotive repair shops around the U.S. I have also written about 30 articles for trade publications, including MotorAge and Gears.”
Now married with three children, Shotton would like to continue building his training company in order to continue giving back to the automotive repair industry.
Because of the high-tech growth that has occurred within the industry, Shotton said training is a must and that COD’s Automotive Technology program provides exactly what is needed to prepare qualified technicians.
“Gone are the days of fixing cars effectively with little or no formal education,” he said. “COD is a great place to start learning. You should pay particularly close attention to electronics as there is not a system in a car today that does not incorporate electricity. In order to become really good at the craft, continued technical training will be required throughout your career to better yourself and stay on top of constantly emerging technologies. Stick with it and you can become an exceptional automotive technician – and maybe, like I did, continue to move up from there.
“The automotive industry offers many career paths. When I was younger, I never expected to be where I am at today or even in the automotive field. COD helped me get my foot in the door. Now, the sky’s the limit.”