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Automotive Mechanics

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Program Entry: Fall

Award: Diploma


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.

Automotive Mechanics

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACT Compass® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACCUPLACER® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.

Automotive Mechanics

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 48

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
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
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0
* Math Elective 3.0

Term 2

Automotive Automatic
Transmissions/Transaxles Service**

AUT:248 Automotive Drive Trains** 4.5
AUT:404 Automotive Suspension and Steering** 4.0
WEL:330 Welding Fundamentals 1.0
* Communication Elective 3.0


Term 3
AUT:704 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning** 4.0
AUT:801 Automotive Engine Performance** 7.5


Math Electives: MAT:102, MAT:744, MAT:772, MAT:773, transfer-level MAT
Communication Electives: COM:723, ENG:105

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.

Automotive Mechanics

Employment Information:

Experience/Skills/Personality Traits

Mechanics are automotive experts that must understand every detail of every automotive part, how the parts work together and be able to troubleshoot engine problems. Technicians today also must understand electronics. Mechanics must pay attention to the details to determine when an electronic malfunction is responsible for a problem.

Automobile technicians need to keep up-to-date with technology by reading service and repair manuals, shop bulletins and other auto publications. They may attend training programs given by manufacturers or take exams to keep their credentials current.

View Gainful Employment information for this program.

Estimated Salary

$22,480 - $47,500

Estimated Annual Openings in NICC Region


Salary and opening information provided by NICC Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

Employers of NICC Alumni

Big A Auto Parts, Dubuque, IA
Breitbach's Garage, New Vienna, IA
Cedar Cross Service, Dubuque, IA
Dave's Downtown Conoco, Dubuque, IA
Jeff's Auto Service, Dyersville, IA
Georgen Auto, Manchester, IA
Hawkeye International Trucks, Dubuque, IA
Lehman's Auto, Cascade, IA
Mausser Auto, New Vienna, IA
Runde Auto, East Dubuque, IL
Scales Mound Sinclair, Scales Mound, IL
Star Equipment, Cedar Rapids, IA
Tandem Tire, Dubuque, IA
Tauke Motors, Dyersville, IA
Tires Plus, Dubuque, IA
Rimde Chevrolet, East Dubuque, IL

Sample Job Titles

ASE Master Mechanic
Auto Collision Tech
Auto Technician
Automotive Tech
Service Tech
Shop Technician

For additional job titles, visit O-Net.

Automotive Mechanics

Additional Information:


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Joe Cusic
Automotive Mechanic Instructor
800.728.7367, ext. 237