Automotive Service Technician

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Automotive Service Technician

Technical Diploma

28 Credits | 1 Year

Financial Aid-Eligible


Career Cluster: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

This program will be modified for the 2021-2022 academic year pending WTCS approval. Please contact a WITC Admissions Advisor if interested or have questions (link to advisor).

The Automotive Service Technician program will prepare you with the needed skills to service and repair today's high-tech vehicles. The automotive industry has many career options for automotive technicians including working at automotive dealerships, independent repair shops, fleet services and more.

Program Overview

The nine-month program is designed to provide you with skills necessary for entry-level automotive industry positions. You will learn automotive maintenance, repair and diagnosis. As an Automotive Service Technician, you may work on a variety of cars and light trucks or specialize in specific automobile brands or types, depending on your place of employment. A career in automotive service and repair offers a variety in day-to-day work, along with the sense of a job well done when returning a repaired vehicle to its owner. 

Program Outcomes

Automotive Service Technician graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professionalism appropriate for the auto service industry
  • Perform maintenance and light repair of automotive brake systems
  • Perform maintenance and light repair of automotive electrical and electronic systems
  • Perform maintenance and light repair of automotive steering and suspension systems

WITC's automotive programs are nationally certified through the National Automotive Technician's Educational Foundation (NATEF) and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).

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Graduate in just nine months.

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Learn by doing.

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Nationally certified program. 


The Automotive Service Technician program is offered at the Superior campus. In-person and web-enhanced courses are utilized in the program. 

Career Pathways

As an Automotive Service Technician student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. Graduates of this program also earn a technical diploma in Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technician. 

Club Activities

You can join the Automotive Club. The club helps to provide a deeper interest in the art and science of automotive by assisting you through activities and experiences that develop your professional skills. 

Become Certified

Complete the nationwide skills attainment tests as well as the Wisconsin state air conditioning mobile refrigeration test to receive the Automotive Service Excellence certification. 


The Automotive Service Technician program includes studies in automotive fundamentals, electrical systems, engine mechanical systems, brakes, steering and suspension, body electrical systems and engine performance. 

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Featured Automotive Service Technician Courses

| 3 CR
This course introduces steering system types, suspension geometry, troubleshooting procedures, and repair of suspensions including both two- and four-wheel alignments. PREREQUISITE: 32404375 Automotive Fundamentals
| 3 CR
This course is designed to develop the skills needed to diagnose, service, and repair powertrain control, fuel and ignition systems. Emphasis is placed on diagnostic procedures and the problem-solving techniques associated with automotive engine performance and drivability. PREREQUISITE: 32404375 Automotive Fundamentals
| 3 CR
This course is an introduction to automotive body electrical systems. Students will learn about various body electrical components and how to diagnose and repair body electrical systems. PREREQUISITES: 32404375 Automotive Fundamentals and 32404376 DC Automotive Electrical

Automotive Service Technician is Part of a Career Pathway

As an Automotive Service Technician student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

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This technical diploma is embedded in the Automotive Service Technician program.

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technician

Technical Diploma
11 Credits / 1 Semester
Potential Careers
Lube Technician, Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technician, Quick Service Technician
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Technical Diploma
28 Credits / One Year / 2 Semesters Full Time
Potential Careers
Automotive Service Technician, Drivability Technician, Brake Technician, Suspension and Alignment Technician, Quick Service Technician, Lube Technician
Range of Yearly Salary
$35,357-$45,715 WTCS annually
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You can continue your education to obtain a two-year technical diploma. 

Technical Diploma
55 Credits / Two Years Full Time
Potential Careers
Brake Technician, Air Conditioning Technician, Auto Transmission Technician, Automotive Electrical Technician, Service Writer, Drive Train Technician, Suspension and Alignment Technician, Drivability Technician, Automotive Technician
Range of Yearly Salary
$21,838-$34,317 annually
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Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree. 

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it!

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2020-21*

Automotive Service Technician

29 Credits | 1 Year


$3,750 for Tools, Supplies and Uniforms

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*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC Automotive Service Technician Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain technical diplomas in Automotive Service Technician and Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technician.

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation. 

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Automotive Service Technician is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). 

NATEF evaluates each program's structure, resources and quality of automotive service training. They review this against standards established by industry experts and offer NATEF accreditation to programs that meet high quality requirements. 

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Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Shawn Larson

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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