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

$14,652*
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®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years. 
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Academic requirements, program details and any additional admission requirements for this program can be found on the program page in the college catalog.

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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.

Dennis Bolsinger

Dennis Bolsinger, ASE
Industrial Technology Instructor

  • Email: bolsingerd@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1344
  • Location: Calmar
Todd Hills

Todd Hills, ASE
Industrial Technology Instructor

  • Email: hillst@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1246
  • Location: Calmar