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Automotive Technology

Campus Location: Calmar

Program Entry: Fall

Award: Associate of Applied Science


There have been remarkable advances in technical design, construction and complexity of automobiles in the 21st century. New technologies to improve exhaust emissions, engine performance, fuel consumption and driveability have overwhelmed the job market with the need for highly-trained technicians since many currently employed technicians do not possess the education or experience to successfully manage these changes. In addition, the needs of business, industry and the public require a constant influx of educated technicians. The Automotive Technology instructors are ASE Master Certified and have several years of experience.

The Automotive Technology program is designed to provide you with the expertise to repair and maintain technologically advanced vehicles and gives you 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, brakes and suspensions systems. Graduates of the program find a wide range of employment opportunities in automotive dealerships, mass-merchandisers, fleets, independent garages and service stations.

After completing the necessary course work, you 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.

Automotive Technology

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

Automotive Technology

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 75.5

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
SDV:200 Intro to Computers 1.5
AUT:102 Intro to Automotive Technology 1.0
AUT:405 Automotive Suspension and Steering OR 5.0
AUT:505 Automotive Brake Systems 5.0
AUT:641 Automotive Electrical/Ignition Systems 6.0
AUT:871 Automotive Service Management I 2.0
* General Education Elective 3.0


Term 2
AUT:405 Automotive Suspension and Steering OR 5.0
AUT:505 Automotive Brake Systems 5.0
AUT:706 Automotive Heating/Air Conditioning 6.0
AUT:872 Automotive Service Management II 2.0
  General Education Elective 3.0
  Psychology Elective (transfer-level) 3.0


Term 3
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


Term 4
AUT:168 Automotive Engine Repair 8.0

Automotive Automatic Transmissions/

Transaxles Service

AUT:874 Automotive Service Management IV 2.0
* General Education Elective 3.0


One Communication Elective: ENG:105, ENG:106, SPC:112
One Math Elective: MAT:102, MAT:110, MAT:744, transfer-level MAT
One General Education Elective: ART:101, ART:133, ASL:131, ASL:161, BIO:112, BIO:113, CHM:110, CHM:111, ECN:110, ECN:120, ECN:130, ENG:105, ENG:106, ENV:115, ENV:116, ENV:140, FLS:141, FLS:142, GEO:121, HIS:131, HIS:132, HIS:151, HIS:152, LIT:101, LIT:110, MAT:120, MAT:128, MAT:130, MAT:156, PHI:101, PHI:105, PHY:106, PHY:162, PHY:172, POL:101, PSY:111, PSY:112, PSY:121, SOC:110, SOC:115, SOC:120, SOC:121, SPC:112

Automotive Technology

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.

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$23,075 - $35,542

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of NICC Alumni

Birdnow Chevrolet, Monona, IA
Brown Sales and Leasing, Elkader, IA
Decorah Chevy, Decorah, IA
Don's Sales and Service, Decorah, IA
Ericson Automotive, Cedar Falls, IA
Four season Tools, Decorah, IA
Goerend Transmission Inc., St. Lucas, IA
Jay's Auto, West Union, IA
Jeff's Auto Repair, Decorah, IA
Johnson Automotive, Cresco, IA
Lifeline Emergency Vehicles, Sumner, IA
Manchester Motor Supply, Manchester, IA
Professional Muffler, Cedar Rapids, IA
R.W. Pladsens, Waukon, IA
Torkelsons, Elgin, IA
Zip's Truck Equipment Inc., New Hampton, IA

Sample Job Titles

Auto Mechanic
Installation Foreman

Automotive Technology

Additional Information:


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

Dennis Bolsinger
Automotive Technology Instructor
800.728.2256, ext. 344

Dennis Chapman
Automotive Technology Instructor
800.728.2256, ext. 245

Todd Hills
Automotive Technology Instructor
800.728.2256, ext. 246