Automotive Technology

About the Program

Do you like to tinker with cars and seek to make that a career? The Automotive Technology program of study will get you into the field with an Associate of Applied Science degree in just two years. The program combines classroom work with hands-on lab experience to prepare you as an automotive technician.

Students gain real-world experience in IWCC’s remodeled and roomy lab, arming themselves with the specific knowledge to qualify for an entry-level position. This master-certified program addresses:

  • Engine repair
  • Fuel and emission systems
  • Electronic systems
  • Manual and automatic transmissions
  • Brakes
  • Air conditioning
  • Steering and suspension systems
  • Powertrain management systems

The IWCC Automotive Technology program is nationally certified by N.A.T.E.F. (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) and A.S.E. (Automotive Service Excellence). In addition, the program is locally endorsed by the Lake Manawa Auto Dealers Association.

Career Information

Automotive Technology is designed to place students into the work force upon completion of the two-year program. The program will train you as an entry-level technician and provide you with the skills you need to thrive in this high-tech field. More specifically, you will be trained to serve as a heavy line technician in a wide-range of specialty areas, such as engine performance and driveability, or transmission and driveline repair. The need for more technicians will continue to increase at an above average rate and those with an Associate's degree will be in even higher demand and have more options for employment. Historically, nearly 100 percent of graduates from this program have located positions in the field, finding employment in dealerships as well as independent garages.

Salary Information

Salary: Omaha-Council Bluffs MSA
Average: $38,224 or $18.39/hour
Entry Level: $11.47/hr
Experienced: $21.85/hour

* Salary information from as reported by the US Dept of Labor

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall and Spring
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 2 Summer
Award: A.A.S.
Accreditation: National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) & Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Number of Majors: 65
Average Class Size: 15
Program Capacity: 40
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus