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Iowa Western Community College

Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall and Spring
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 2 Summer
Award: A.A.S.
Accreditation:
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) & Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Number of Majors: 65
Average Class Size: 15
Program Capacity: 40
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus



About the Program

Do you like to tinker with cars and seek to make that a career? The Automotive Technology program of study will get you into the field with an Associate of Applied Science degree in just two years. The program combines classroom work with hands-on lab experience to prepare you as an automotive technician.

Students gain real-world experience in IWCC’s remodeled and roomy lab, arming themselves with the specific knowledge to qualify for an entry-level position. This master-certified program addresses:

  • Engine repair
  • Fuel and emission systems
  • Electronic systems
  • Manual and automatic transmissions
  • Brakes
  • Air conditioning
  • Steering and suspension systems
  • Powertrain management systems


 

Career Information

Automotive Technology is designed to place students into the work force upon completion of the two-year program. The program will train you as an entry-level technician and provide you with the skills you need to thrive in this high-tech field. More specifically, you will be trained to serve as a heavy line technician in a wide-range of specialty areas, such as engine performance and driveability, or transmission and driveline repair. The need for more technicians will continue to increase at an above average rate and those with an Associate's degree will be in even higher demand and have more options for employment. Historically, nearly 100 percent of graduates from this program have located positions in the field, finding employment in dealerships as well as independent garages.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Apply safe work practices in accordance to industry standards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of employment opportunities and basic organization in these businesses.
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of automotive systems and terminology.
  • Demonstrate use of appropriate shop practices while performing repairs.
  • Utilize appropriate service information while performing service and repairs.
  • Demonstrate industry appropriate employability skills.
  • Evaluate a vehicle and recommend needed maintenance and/or repairs.
  • Select and operate the correct tool or diagnostic equipment during the performance of service operations, diagnosis, or repair of vehicles.
  • Demonstrate technical knowledge and understanding necessary to complete applied tasks in each servce area.
  • Evaluate vehicle system or component failures to determine the cause.

SALARY INFORMATION
Average: $17.99
Entry Level: $13.09
Experienced: $24.90

* Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database.