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.

View the Required Tools List [pdf]

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of 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 $26,800 $43,200 $51,500
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers $25,600 $32,700 $36,200

Source: 2020 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

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