Automotive Mechanics

Auto Tech, Mechanics and Transportation

In this age of rapidly changing technology, the automotive repair field demands personnel who are trained in the latest methods of diagnosis and repair. If you are mechanically inclined and willing to learn the necessary skills, you will find many opportunities in the automotive field. Instruction is provided in the basic skills as well as on modern, up-to-date diagnostic equipment.

After completing the necessary coursework, students should be prepared to take exams to receive certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) in the following areas: automatic transmission/transaxle, brakes, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering.

Award: Diploma
Credits: 48
Locations: Peosta
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

$9,504*
Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $10,656*
Program Supplies: $2,500 - 4,500

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$23,557 - 54,257

Estimated annual salary range for Auto Tech, Mechanics and Transportation graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

Potential Careers

  • ASE Master Mechanic
  • Auto Collision Tech
  • Auto Technician/Mechanic
  • Service Technician
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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
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2019-2020 Automotive Mechanics Class Schedule

Fall

CourseTitleCredits
Fall
AUT:102 Intro to Automotive Technology 1.0
AUT:164 Automotive Engine Repair** 4.0
AUT:503 Automotive Brake Systems** 3.0
AUT:616 Automotive Electrical Systems** 6.0
MAT:772 Applied Math 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0

Spring

CourseTitleCredits
Spring
AUT:204 Automotive Automatic
Transmissions/Transaxles Service**
4.0
AUT:248 Automotive Drive Trains** 4.5
AUT:404 Automotive Suspension and Steering** 4.0
COM:723 Workplace Communications 3.0
WEL:330 Welding Fundamentals 1.0

Summer

CourseTitleCredits
Summer
AUT:704 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning** 4.0
AUT:809 Automotive Engine Performance** 7.5

Note: Prior to completion of Term 1, program students are required to provide their program faculty with a copy of their First Aid/CPR certification.

**Certification/Licensure: Completion of these courses prepares students to take an exam to receive ASE Certification.

Chris Carlson

Christopher Carlson
Dean of Career and Technical Education

  • Email: carlsonc@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 800.728.7367, ext. 168
  • Location: Peosta

Joseph Cusic
Auto Mechanics Instructor

  • Email: cusicj@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 800.728.7367, ext. 237
  • Location: Peosta

*Approximate cost. Amount reflects the estimated tuition and student fees based on rates at the time of publication. These rates do not include additional expenses (books, tools, supplies, living expenses, licensures, remedial or pre-requisite coursework or partnership tuition and fees, etc.) related to your NICC education. Rates are subject to change.