Automotive Technology


Core Courses

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

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

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 2022–2023 Required Tools List [pdf]

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits: 76
Program Start: Fall

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



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 $28,600 $44,800 $52,900
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers $24,100 $34,200 $39,300

Source: 2021 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


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

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