Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

About the Program

If you’re considering a career in automotive repair, IWCC’s Automotive Mechanics study program will prepare you for an entry-level position in just one year. This program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and the Automotive Service Excellence. The Lake Manawa Auto Dealers Association has endorsed the program.

Students complete a minimum of 42 contact hours of parts procurement orientation that’s included as part of extensive lab work. Graduates of this program will leave with the skills needed to go into business for themselves or work for an employer.

Our instructors are certified in maintenance and light repair and possess the most up-to-date knowledge in automotive mechanics. A newly remodeled facility provides a large lab space, where students learn computer diagnostic techniques. Paid internships are available.

Career Information

Automotive Mechanics is designed to place students into the work force upon completion of the ten-month diploma. Students in this program build the skills needed to become competent entry-level service mechanics, with emphasis on maintenance and general light repairs. The need for more mechanics and technicians will continue to increase at an above-average rate, and those who are certified will be in even higher demand. Historically, nearly 100 percent of graduates from this program have located positions in the field, finding employment in independent repair shops and franchise stores. Students who wish to complete an advanced degree may continue on to complete the Automotive Technology program and earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Salary Information

Salary: Regional
Entry Level: $8 to $14/hour

* Salary information from the Iowa Western Program Chair.

* This is a Gainful Employment Program.
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Just the Facts

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