Degree, Certificate or Diploma
- Engine repair
- Fuel and emission systems
- Electronic systems
- Manual and automatic transmissions
- Air conditioning
- Steering and suspension systems
- Powertrain management systems
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.
- Entry: $13.29
- Average: $18.66
- Experienced: $32.38
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AUT 119 - Introduction to Automotive Technology
AUT 615 - Automotive Electricity/Electronics
AUT 116 - Automotive Technology Lab I
MAT 743 - Technical Math
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
AUT 837 - Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning
WEL 117 - General Welding
AUT 249 - Automotive Technology Lab III
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
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
AUT 506 - Automotive Technology Lab VI
AUT 915 - Automotive Technology Internship II
Total Semester Hours Required: 78.0
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.
- Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database