Department: Transportation

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. 

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 program addresses:

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

Students who complete this AAS degree will have earned an Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair diploma by completion.

A career in the aviation industry is exciting but requires a solid educational background. That’s just what you’ll get by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Airframe Certificate program. Students who successfully complete the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements are awarded a certificate that paves the way into the aviation maintenance field.

This unique program – rarely offered at other community colleges – allows you the option to focus solely on Airframe Maintenance Technology. About 50 percent of a student’s time is spent doing hands-on lab work, practicing on an actual aircraft in Iowa Western’s state-of-the-art Aviation building located at the Council Bluffs airport.

Power point presentations give students the best up-to-date information, and all program manuals are posted online for easy reference. Our graduates say this rigorous program prepared them well for immediate jobs in the aviation industry.  

Students who complete this certificate will earn credit toward completion of the Aviation Maintenance Technology, A.A.S. degree

*This course is offered off-campus at the IWCC Aviation Center

The aviation industry offers exciting career opportunities in areas other than professional pilot. Iowa Western has a unique Aviation Maintenance Technology Powerplant Certificate program designed to place graduates into the workforce after just one year.

This program is Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified, and unique to the region, focusing solely on the powerplant aspect of aviation. You’ll learn how to inspect, service, and repair aircraft reciprocating and turbine engines. Half of the class time in this program is spent in the state-of-the-art lab, where you’ll work on an actual aircraft in the hangar of Iowa Western’s Aviation building located at the Council Bluffs airport.

After accumulating just 30.5 credit hours, you’ll be eligible to qualify for a certificate in one year. You can also apply your credits toward Iowa Western’s two-year program to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology.  

Students who complete this certificate will earn credit toward completion of the Aviation Maintenance Technology, A.A.S. degree. 

*This course is offered off-campus at the IWCC Aviation Center

Advanced Air, Con Agra, Mutual of Omaha and Delta Airlines want you – after you complete the requirements for the Aviation Maintenance Technology program. Those are just a few of the companies that hire Iowa Western students who earn their Associate of Applied Science degree to become a Certificated Aviation Maintenance Technician.

Few community colleges offer this unique program. The quality of instruction is second-to-none with an abundance of information given to each student. You’ll spend 50 percent of your time in the classroom and the other 50 percent in the lab getting hands-on experience.

Students gain valuable lab experience working on real airplanes. Iowa Western’s facilities are state-of-the-art and make for a perfect learning environment.

Students who complete this AAS degree will have earned an Aviation Maintenance Technology: Airframe certificate and Aviation Maintenance Technology: Powerplant certificate by completion.

*This course is offered off-campus at the IWCC Aviation Center

The trucking industry can be very profitable for those who keep vehicles in tip-top condition. You can learn that trade by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Diesel Mechanics program of study, which stresses over-the-road diesel truck maintenance. In just one year, you can earn a Diploma and join this important career field.

Smaller class sizes allow students one-on-one time with instructors. Rather than starting with automotive classes, you will immediately enroll in diesel classes, where we will use our state-of-the-art facility and high-quality equipment to turn you into a top-notch mechanic.

With paid internships available during the summer months, it’s no wonder that this program results in 100 percent job placement. Among the employers who hire Iowa Western graduates are A&M Greenpower, Caterpillar, Cornhusker International, Omaha Truck Center, Penske, Peterbilt Council Bluffs, Werner Enterprises, and many more. The current market is strong, and demand is high.

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

Much has changed over the years when it comes to diesel technology, but you can get the most up-to-date instruction by choosing Iowa Western’s Diesel Technology program. This program focuses on all phases of the diesel industry, including engines, transmissions, drive axles, electrical systems, and auxiliary systems. The result for successful candidates is an Associate of Applied Science degree.

In addition to important classroom instruction, students in this two-year program complete internships – most of which are paid. This will give potential employers an opportunity to see you perform in real-world environments. Many graduates are then hired by those same employers.

Students typically spend twice as much time in our labs as they do in lecture. That way, they get the important one-on-one instruction along with hands-on experience. Also unique to this program is the ability to participate on a part-time basis, a plus if you’re looking for flexibility.

Students who complete this AAS degree will have earned a Diesel Mechanics diploma by completion.