Nationally top-ranked vocational program. Automotive student working on a tire of a car in the automotive lab

Automotive Technician

Technical Diploma

55 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

Rice Lake

Career Cluster: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

If you enjoy technology and solving problems, you might find a career as an automotive technician challenging as well as rewarding. Automobiles today are no longer merely mechanical. Many enjoy driving from one place to another in a high-tech machine but maintaining and repairing vehicles is no longer within reach for most owners. Turn your passion for automobiles into a stimulating career. 

Program Overview

With an emphasis on hands-on experience, in the Automotive Technician program you'll learn essential service techniques including testing, repairing and rebuilding of basic automotive systems. Coursework will prepare you to diagnose and repair concerns in engines, drivetrains, brakes, electrical systems, steering, suspension, transmission systems as well as basic diesel, hybrid and alternative systems. 

Program Outcomes

  • 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
  • Service automotive transmission/transaxle systems
  • Service automotive manual drive train and axle systems
  • Service automotive heating and air conditioning systems
  • Service automotive hybrid systems
  • Service advanced automotive body electrical systems
  • Service advanced automotive engine performance systems
  • Service advanced automotive engine mechanical 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).


 

Student and teacher learning in the automotive lab

Learn by doing. 

Automotive student's hands at work

Nationally certified program. 

Automotive student at work in the lab

98% of graduates employed within six months.


Academics

This program has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

The automotive programs at WITC have adopted new certification(s) established by the National Coalition of Certifications (NC3). NC3 was established to address the need for strong industry partnerships with educational institutions in order to develop, implement and sustain industry-recognized certifications that have strong validation and assessment standards. 

Career Pathways

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

State-of-the-Art Facilities

As a student of the program, you'll spend a lot of your time in the program's new lab space using WITC's state-of-the-art equipment and technology. 

Get 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 Technician program includes studies in Automotive Fundamentals, Engine Repair, Suspension and Alignment, Automotive Transmissions, Advanced Body Electrical Systems, Welding for Mechanics and more. 

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Automotive Technician Courses

31404386
|
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: 31404366 Automotive Fundamentals and 31414370 DC Automotive Electrical.
31404371
|
UGRD
| 3 CR
This course introduces the operation and repair of manual transmissions, transaxles, drivelines, differential assemblies, and transfer cases. PREREQUISITE: 31404366 Automotive Fundamentals.
32442307
|
UGRD
| 2 CR
Instruction in safe setup and operation of plasma cutting (PAC), oxy-fuel cutting (OFC), SMAW (Stick), GMAW (Mig), FCAW, and/or GTAW (Tig) welding in applications related to general industry practices. Selection of appropriate welding processes with a specific emphasis on typical repair situations including metal identification will be stressed.

Automotive Technician is Part of a Career Pathway

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

Download the Career Pathway Map

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
$16,640-$20,405 Annually
Arrow pointing down

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
$20,798-$30,407 annually
Arrow pointing down

This is the program you’re looking at.

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
$20,798-$30,407 annually
Arrow pointing down

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. 

Learn More About Paying for College

Estimated Total Program Costs*

Automotive Technician

55 Credits | 2 Years

$9,206

$594 for books (including tax)

$3,700 for Tools, Supplies and Uniforms


*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 Technician Program

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

Student studying at a computer

Transfer Options

After you complete your Automotive Technician technical diploma at WITC, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your associate degree, bachelor's degree and beyond. 

View Transfer Options

Career Outlooks

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

View Career Options

Student studying at a laptop
Student wearing automotive uniform studying a paper

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. 

Learn More


Accreditation

NATEF logo

Automotive 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

Contact

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

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220

Contact

Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195

Contact

New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339

Contact

Superior Admissions Contact

Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243

Contact

Students walking outside of campus

Get the WITC experience

Attend an event or schedule a campus tour/program shadow.

Visit Campus

Find a program icon

Finding the class you want to take has never been easier. 

Find a Class

TAKE the NEXT STEP

Are you ready to experience success? WITC staff are standing by to support you in reaching your educational and career goals, so do it. Take the leap.