Automotive Service Technician

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Automotive Service Technician

Technical Diploma

29 Credits | 1 Year

Financial Aid-Eligible

Superior

Career Cluster: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

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:

  • Provide customer service
  • Service automotive electrical/electronic systems
  • Service automotive engine mechanical systems
  • Service automotive engine performance systems
  • Service automotive steering and suspension systems
  • Service automotive brake systems
  • Service automotive body electrical 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. 


Academics

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. 


Curriculum

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

31404361
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This course introduces steering system types, suspension geometry, troubleshooting procedures, and repair of suspensions including both two- and four-wheel alignments. PREREQUISITE: 31404366 Automotive Fundamentals.
32404381
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UGRD
| 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
32404382
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UGRD
| 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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You could take this first and get a credential.

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
Range of Yearly Salary
$20,155-$30,555 Annually
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Technical Diploma
29 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
$18,199-$46,782 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
$21,840-$65,515 annually
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Transfer your WITC credits to get a four-year university, and get your bachelor's degree. 

Automotive Technician Bachelor's Degree

UW-Stout
Potential Careers
Automotive Service Center Manager, Automotive Engineer, Automotive Engineering Technician
Range of Yearly Salary
$40,893–$62,504

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.

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*

Automotive Service Technician

29 Credits | 1 Year

$4,992

$421 for books (including tax)


*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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Gainful Employment

Established by the U.S. Department of Education, Gainful Employment is available to help you make an informed decision about which career to pursue. This required information shows data about how WITC's technical diploma programs that receive federal financial aid lead to gainful employment in recognized careers. 

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Accreditation

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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. 

Learn more at www.asealliance.org. 

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Sara Eckstein

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800.243.9482 ext. 4339

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Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243

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