Automotive Technology

Auto Tech, Mechanics and Transportation

The Automotive Technology program is designed to provide the expertise to repair and maintain technologically advanced vehicles and gives students the opportunity to acquire a thorough understanding of the basic principles, purposes and operation of the various systems and components of today’s automobiles. The automotive laboratories are well-equipped for training in all facets of automobile repair, including theory and practical application in diagnosis and tune-up, electrical and hydraulic systems, automatic transmissions, engines, emission controls, fuel systems, brake systems, suspensions systems and hybrid vehicle systems. Program graduates find a wide range of employment opportunities in automotive dealerships, mass-merchandisers, fleets, independent garages and service stations.

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: automotive transmission/transaxle, brakes, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering.

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 74
Locations: Calmar
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $16,428*
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

  • Auto Mechanic
  • Installation Foreman
  • Machinist
  • 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 Technology Class Schedule


AUT:191 Auto Metal Repair/Hybrid Vehicles Intro 2.0
AUT:505 Automotive Brake Systems 5.0
AUT:627 Automotive Electrical Systems 7.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


AUT:192 Hybrid, Electric, and Alternative Fuel Vehicles 2.0
AUT:405 Automotive Suspension and Steering 5.0
AUT:706 Automotive Heating/Air Conditioning 6.0
  Communication Elective 3.0
  Psychology Elective (transfer-level) 3.0


AUT:306 Automotive Manual Drive Train/Axles 6.0
AUT:824 Drivability and Emissions 8.0
AUT:873 Automotive Service Management III 2.0
  Science Elective (transfer-level) 3.0


AUT:168 Automotive Engine Repair 8.0
AUT:219 Automotive Automatic Transmissions/ Transaxles Service 6.0
AUT:874 Automotive Service Management IV 2.0
* Math Elective 3.0

This Associate of Applied Science degree program requires a minimum of 15 credits of transfer-level general education electives from Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science. Three of these hours can include SDV:179 The College Experience. If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an additional general education elective is required.


One Communication Elective: COM:723, ENG:105, ENG:106, SPC:112

One Math Elective: MAT:102, MAT:110, MAT:744, MAT:773, transfer-level MAT

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The automotive training program at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar has received accreditation by NATEF and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

The Automotive Technology program maintains formal articulation agreements with the institutions listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.

Chris Carlson

Christopher Carlson, Ed.D.
Dean of Career and Technical Education

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2168
  • Location: Peosta
Dennis Bolsinger

Dennis Bolsinger, ASE
Industrial Technology Faculty

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1344
  • Location: Calmar
Todd Hills

Todd Hills, ASE
Industrial Technology Faculty

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1246
  • Location: Calmar