Automotive Technology


Core Courses

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

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.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 76
Program Start: Fall

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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 $26,600 $40,700 $47,700
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers $28,900 $34,300 $36,900

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


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

Business Location
C&S Car Company Waterloo, IA
ConAgra Foods, Inc. Waterloo, IA
Dan Deery Motor Co. Cedar Falls, IA
John Deere Waterloo, IA
Waterloo Auto Parts Waterloo, IA

Contact Us

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Program Advisor Brian Thomas Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1325 Butler Hall 128
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