Automotive: Maintenance & Light Repair Certificate

About the Program

The automotive maintenance and repair field changes dramatically with manufacturers’ changes over the years, and you can meet the challenging times by enrolling in the Automotive Technology Certificate programs of study. This program is provided through a partnership with Ford Motor Company and their maintenance and light repair curriculum has been incorporated into this major. This Ford-specific training program's main strength is the ability to take someone with little to no hands-on automotive experience and train him or her in the four areas that customers need the most maintenance with on their vehicles. Completion of this program will enable students to step in the door to quality entry-level Ford positions.

Subjects covered are Introduction to Automotive Industry, Basic Electrical, Automotive Braking Systems, Climate Control, and Steering/Suspension Systems. Students will get a solid educational foundation to begin their automotive service career and to continue their automotive education. Credits earned in this certificate program can be applied to the Auto Mechanic diploma program and the AAS Auto Tech degree program.

The facility for these programs has been remodeled, and students work in separate “live” labs that allow them to be graded on their ability and employability skills in the real world of repairs. The curriculum includes computer and Internet, and all instructors are armed with the most up-to-date training and are ASE certified. Paid internships are available for those who qualify. Job placement is nearly 100 percent.

Career Information

This program is designed for students wanting to pursue an entry-level position in a Ford/Lincoln/Mercury dealership upon completion of this one-year certificate. Because the curriculum was designed by the Ford Motor Company, job opportunities will be limited to being a certified light line technician for their dealerships and service facilities. Students who wish to complete an advanced degree should major in the Automotive Technology program and earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Salary Information

Salary: Regional
Entry Level: $8 to $12 hour

* Salary information from the Iowa Western Program Chair.

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 2 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: Certificate
Accreditation: 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