Automotive Technology

College of Rural and Community Development
Community and Technical College


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Minimum Requirements for Certificate: 34 credits

The automotive technology program gives students the education and training to become an entry-level automotive technician. The automotive service industry is constantly changing as cars become more complicated. Highly trained technicians are needed to understand, diagnose and repair modern automobiles.

The program emphasizes hands-on training and in-class experience as students perform preventive maintenance inspections, determine causes of equipment problems and make necessary repairs and adjustments to the complex systems that make up today's cars. The certificate training qualifies students for entry-level positions within the automotive service and repair industry in the areas of electricity/electronics, brakes, suspension and alignment, and engine performance.

Successful graduates from the automotive technology program go on to careers in dealerships, independent shops, service/IM stations, fleet repair facilities and aviation ground support. Salaries vary depending on job placement and the student's skill level.

Certificate Program

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the certificate requirements. (As part of the certificate requirements, the communication, computation and human relations content are embedded in the major required courses for this program).
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    AUTO F102--Introduction to Automotive Technology--3 credits
    AUTO F110--Basic Electrical Systems--3 credits
    AUTO F122--Engine Theory and Diagnosis--3 credits
    AUTO F131--Automotive Electrical II--3 credits
    AUTO F150--Brake Systems--4 credits
    AUTO F162-- Suspension Alignment--4 credits
    AUTO F190--Automotive Practicum I--4 credits
    AUTO F202--Auto Fuel and Emissions Systems--4 credits
    AUTO F222--Automotive Engine Performance--3 credits
    AUTO F227--Automotive Electrical III-- 3 credits
  4. Minimum credits required--34 credits

* Students must earn a C grade or better in each course.