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Iowa Western Community College

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 2 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: Diploma
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) & Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Average Class Size: 15
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

If you’re considering a career in automotive repair, IWCC’s Automotive Mechanics study program will prepare you for an entry-level position in just one year. 

Students complete a minimum of 42 contact hours of parts procurement orientation that’s included as part of extensive lab work. Graduates of this program will leave with the skills needed to go into business for themselves or work for an employer.

Our instructors are certified in maintenance and light repair and possess the most up-to-date knowledge in automotive mechanics. A newly remodeled facility provides a large lab space, where students learn computer diagnostic techniques. Paid internships are available.

Career Information

Automotive Mechanics is designed to place students into the work force upon completion of the ten-month diploma. Students in this program build the skills needed to become competent entry-level service mechanics, with emphasis on maintenance and general light repairs. The need for more mechanics and technicians will continue to increase at an above-average rate, and those who are certified will be in even higher demand. Historically, nearly 100 percent of graduates from this program have located positions in the field, finding employment in independent repair shops and franchise stores. Students who wish to complete an advanced degree may continue on to complete the Automotive Technology program and earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

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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.

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

* Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database.


* The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided here describes the graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information regarding gainful employment for the most recent academic year (as of July 1).