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Automotive Technology

Program Pathway

Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Program Details

Award Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits 76
Program Start Fall
Number of Terms 4
Time to Complete 2 years
Admissions Application Select Academic Program:
Automotive Technology – AAS
See Program Admission

Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Purchasing Tools

Students in the Automotive Technology program are required to purchase tools for use in program coursework.

We are a Snap-On partnership school which allows students to get the best quality tool at a very deep discount.

View the 2024–2025 Required Tools List

View the 2024–2025 Automotive Technology to Auto Collision Technologies program Required Tools List

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Auto Starting, Charging, and Electrical
  • Automotive Advanced Brake Systems
  • Automotive Brake Systems
  • Introduction to Automotive Technology
  • Introduction to Automotive Technology II
Term 2
  • Automotive Computerized Engine Controls
  • Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Automotive Manual Transmissions and Transaxles
  • Automotive Suspension and Steering
Term 3
  • Automotive Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
  • Automotive Electrical I
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Automotive Engine Repair
Term 4
  • Automotive Differentials and 4-Wheel Drive
  • Automotive Fuel Systems
  • Automotive Ignition Systems
  • Comprehensive Application

Core courses meet for 4-week terms allowing you to focus on one core course and one general education course at a time.

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

You have completed the Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. Graduates can earn a second AAS degree with one year of additional study in the Auto Collision Technologies Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program.



Graduates find employment at automotive dealerships, independent automotive shops, service stations, car manufacturers, and national automotive service centers. Positions include but are not limited to:

  • Automotive service technician
  • Electronics installer
  • Electronics technician
  • Mechanic
  • Service writer
  • Service manager
  • Truck technician

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics $31,180 $46,700 $59,840
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles $34,410 $39,060 $39,060

Source: 2023 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development — Statewide Wages


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Advanced Automotive Evansdale
Colwell Ford Waterloo
C&S Subaru Hyundai Waterloo
Dan Deery Toyota Cedar Falls
Davis Farm and Auto Denver
Jim Lind Service Waterloo
John Deery Nissan Cedar Falls
Rydell Chevrolet and Dodge Waterloo
Schuermans Automotive Cedar Falls
Tandem Tire Cedar Falls
Witham Auto Centers Cedar Falls, La Porte City, Waterloo

Program Contacts

Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor
Natasha Ceaser Email Natasha Ceaser 319-296-4014 ext.1062 Bremer Hall 136C
Faculty Advisor
Last Names A – M
Gerrot Jacobson Email Gerrot Jacobson 319-296-2329 ext.1759 Butler Hall 128
Faculty Advisor
Last Names N – Z
Brian Thomas Email Brian Thomas 319-296-2329 ext.1325 Butler Hall 128

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