Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Diploma

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Industrial Technology

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

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. 

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.  

Students who complete this diploma will earn credit toward completion of the Automotive Technology, A.A.S. degree. 

Job Outlook

2,259 Jobs (2020)

-1.6% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

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.


  • Entry: $13.39
  • Average: $18.78
  • Experienced: $32.56

Career Examples

  • Automotive Technicians
  • Maintenance Mechanics
  • Maintenance Technicians
  • Lube Technicians
  • General Service Technicians
  • Tire Technicians
  • Oil Technicians
  • Line Technicians

First Semester

AUT 119 - Introduction to Automotive Technology 4.0 Credit(s)
AUT 615 - Automotive Electricity/Electronics 4.0 Credit(s)
AUT 116 - Automotive Technology Lab I 6.0 Credit(s)
MAT 743 - Technical Math 1 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 17.0 Credits

Second Semester

AUT 524 - Automotive Brake Systems and Service 4.0 Credit(s)
AUT 404 - Automotive Suspension and Steering 4.0 Credit(s)
AUT 220 - Automotive Technology Lab II 6.0 Credit(s)
ENG 110 - Writing For The Workplace 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 17.0 Credits


AUT 837 - Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning 2.0 Credit(s)
WEL 117 - General Welding 2.0 Credit(s)
AUT 249 - Automotive Technology Lab III 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 7.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 41.0


1May substitute with MAT 102 or higher.


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Apply safe work practices in accordance to industry standards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of employment opportunities and basic organization in these businesses.
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of automotive systems and terminology.
  • Demonstrate the use of appropriate shop practices while performing repairs.
  • Utilize appropriate service information while performing service and repairs.
  • Demonstrate industry appropriate employability skills.
  • Evaluate a vehicle and recommend needed maintenance and/or repairs.
  • Select and operate the correct tool or diagnostic equipment during the performance of service operations, diagnosis, or repair of vehicles.
  • Demonstrate technical knowledge and understanding necessary to complete the NATEF applied tasks in each service area.
  • Evaluate vehicle system or component failures to determine the cause.

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