Automotive Technology - Associate Degree


Program Description

Highly skilled automotive technicians and specialists are needed to keep pace with the increasingly complex vehicles being manufactured for today's consumer. In the Automotive Technology program, you'll learn to diagnose and service automobiles under conditions similar to an actual repair facility. Plus, you'll develop repair facility management skills to increase your employment potential. Career opportunities for you include automotive service technician, shop foreman, parts manager, warranty claims person, repair facility owner/operator, plus all of the career opportunities offered by the Automotive Technician program. This two-year program is ASE Certified to National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation Standards.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:

  • Automotive Technician, 324042

Some of the credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:

  • Automotive Maintenance Technician, 314043

Some credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:

  • Service Writer, 906021

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

  • Automotive Service Technician: Diagnoses vehicle malfunctions, performs appropriate repairs, and recommends/conducts regular vehicle maintenance.
  • Automotive Electronics Specialist: Utilizes hi-tech equipment to troubleshoot complex electrical and computer malfunctions. Replaces and reprograms engine, body and transmission controllers.
  • Brake Specialist: Performs complete brake system safety inspections, diagnoses brake system concerns and makes necessary repairs.

Steering, Suspension & Alignment Specialist:

  • Diagnoses and repairs steering and suspension system concerns, utilizes computerized equipment to perform suspension and steering system adjustments.
  • Transmission and Drive Train Specialist: Diagnoses and repairs concerns related to automatic and manual transmissions, drive trains and differentials.
  • Engine Performance Specialist: Utilizes hi-tech equipment to diagnose and repair engine drivability concerns relating to engine mechanical, ignition and fuel systems.
  • Heating & Air Conditioning Specialist: Diagnoses and repairs heating and air conditioning control systems.
  • Engine Repair Specialist: Diagnoses engine mechanical failure. Disassembles, inspects, and measures engine components. Recommends/ conducts component replacement.
  • Shop Foreman: Works with the technician and customer to get vehicles repaired correctly.
  • Parts Manager: Organizes and oversees the parts department. Works with the technicians to get the correct parts to repair the vehicles.
  • Warranty Claims Person: Calculates the amount of time spent repairing a vehicle compared to what the manufacturer will allow.
  • Owner/Operator: Owns and operates his/her own repair facility, may have employees working for them.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent.
  • Additionally, admittance into the program will require an interview with the program Academic Advisor or Associate Dean.


  • 10-890-101 College 101
  • 10-804-134 Mathematical Reasoning
  • 10-412-125 Transportation Service Operation
  • 10-602-101 Auto Service Operations
  • 10-602-104 Brake Systems
  • 10-602-124 Steering & Suspension Systems
  • 10-412-153 Intro to Electrical Systems
  • 10-602-102 Auto Electrical & Elect Syst 1
  • 10-412-170 Transportation Welding 1
  • 10-602-103 Engine Repair 1
  • 10-602-195 Advanced Chassis Systems
  • 10-602-106 Engine Performance 1
  • 10-602-108 Engine Performance 2
  • 10-602-113 Engine Performance 3
  • 10-602-105 Auto Electrical & Elect Sys 2
  • 10-602-116 Auto Cert Prep 1
  • 10-801-136 English Composition 1
  • 10-602-123 Engine Repair 2
  • 10-602-128 Auto Elect & Electronic Sys 3
  • 10-602-196 Climate Control Systems
  • 10-602-200 Diesel Fuel Technology
  • 10-602-201 Vehicle Computer Controlled Sy
  • 10-602-203 Vehicle Body Mechanical Svc
  • 10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
  • 10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
  • 10-602-120 Automatic Trans/Transaxle 1
  • 10-602-121 Automatic Trans/Transaxle 2
  • 10-602-122 Driveline Diagnostics & Repair
  • 10-602-130 Clutch&Man Trans Diag & Repair
  • 10-602-150 Auto Cert Prep 2
  • 10-602-202 Advanced Vehicle Man Tech
  • 10-809-198 Intro to Psychology

Program Outcomes

  • Automotive Technology graduates will demonstrate technical aptitude and proficiency by diagnosis and repair of the following ASE service areas:
  • A1 Engine Repair
  • A2 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • A3 Manual Drive Train & Axle
  • A4 Suspension & Steering
  • A5 Brakes
  • A6 Electric/Electronic Systems
  • A7 Heating & A/C
  • A8 Engine Performance
  • In addition, graduates will also be able to:
  • Communicate positively and effectively with the customer
  • Create and complete customer repair orders accurately
  • Organize a daily work schedule for him/herself and for team members
  • Tabulate a daily time sheet of technicians repair work


  • All NWTC Automotive programs are ASE Certified to NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) Standards.
  • All instructional staff in the NWTC Automotive Programs are, at a minimum, Master, ASE Certified Technicians.
  • NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation)
Last updated Sep 2018

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Founded in 1912, NWTC is a nationally-ranked, two-year public college where students prepare for high-tech careers and begin their bachelor’s degrees. Last year, NWTC served over 32,000 students; 7,800 students pursued degrees and diplomas and worked with over 1,100 businesses for contract training. Read less
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