Automotive Technology, A.A.S.

Academic Programs

Career Path

Industrial Technology

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Program Options

Degree, Certificate or Diploma

Locations

Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

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
 

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 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.

Wages

  • Entry: $13.29
  • Average: $18.66
  • Experienced: $32.38

Career Examples

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

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First Semester

AUT 119 - Introduction to Automotive Technology

AUT 615 - Automotive Electricity/Electronics

AUT 116 - Automotive Technology Lab I

MAT 743 - Technical Math

Second Semester

AUT 524 - Automotive Brake Systems and Service

AUT 404 - Automotive Suspension and Steering

AUT 220 - Automotive Technology Lab II

ENG 110 - Writing For The Workplace

Summer

AUT 837 - Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

WEL 117 - General Welding

AUT 249 - Automotive Technology Lab III

Third Semester

AUT 951 - Advanced Automotive Engine and Electronic Diagnostics

AUT 617 - Automotive and Diesel Fuel Systems

AUT 421 - Automotive Technology Lab IV

MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment

Fourth Semester

AUT 302 - Automotive Engine Repair and Rebuild

AUT 301 - Automotive Transmission and Drivetrain

AUT 521 - Automotive Technology Lab V

AUT 910 - Automotive Technology Internship I

SOC 240 - Criminology

Summer

AUT 506 - Automotive Technology Lab VI

AUT 915 - Automotive Technology Internship II

Total Semester Hours Required: 78.0

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Apply safe work practices in accordance with 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 applied tasks in each service area.
  • Evaluate the vehicle system or component failures to determine the cause.

Program Disclaimers

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