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Automotive Service Technology

Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Length: Four Semesters & Two Summer Terms
Fall semester entry for full-time students

If you want to use your problem-solving and technical skills in the automotive industry, Automotive Service Technology is the program to consider. This program has been selected 14 times as the “Best Automotive Service Program in Iowa” and in 2013 was awarded 4th in the nation. In 2010 the program was awarded 1st place in Iowa Ford AAA Contest. The program is certified by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation). All our instructors are ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified.

As an Automotive Service Technology student, you will study the vehicle from bumper to bumper, roof to road. This includes internal combustion engine service, hydraulic brake systems, chassis/ suspension service, drive trains, fuel system designs, ignition systems, electrical systems, and passenger comfort systems. This program emphasizes engine performance and electronic theory and diagnosis necessary to service and repair today’s computerized vehicle system. Emphasis is placed on the use of current industry trends—including the use of laptop computers to troubleshoot and diagnose on-car computer systems and to interface with internet repair databases and technical manuals.

This program will prepare you to meet the demands of today’s auto service industry. Approximately seventy-five percent of your time will be spent working with equipment and vehicles. The work cooperative/ internship provides you with experience working as an auto technician at a repair facility. With a working knowledge of complex automotive systems and well-developed problem solving skills, you will be ready to begin to diagnose and repair today’s automotive systems.

A valid driver’s license and a cumulative grade point of 2.0 is required to enroll in the Cooperative/Internship course. One year of high school algebra is recommended.

Where will I get a job?
Overall, the automotive industry is moving toward less mechanic-type maintenance and more testing/diagnostic skills. Auto Service Technician positions are available right after graduating. With experience there is the opportunity to become a service manager or owner.

How much $ will I make?

Salary begins at $12–$14/hour. After refining their skills, many graduates work on a commission base.

What kind of classes will I take?
Automotive classes focus on 75% of time spent with hands-on projects in the lab, and 25% of time spent in lecture. You will work with current lab equipment that is leading edge technology. Each student completes a summer internship.

What’s unique about this program?
NCC’s program has a summer internship, is NATEF certified, and all instructors are ASE certified each with a number of years experience in the auto mechanic service and repair industry. The program has been recognized as the best program in Iowa many times during the past 12 years, and was recognized as the 4th best program in the nation! In 2010 the program was awarded 1st place in the Iowa Ford AAA Contest.
Student Profile
• Self-starter
• Good hand-eye coordination
• Good reading comprehension
• Basic science & math skills
• Good communication skills
• Computer skills also helpful

FIRST YEAR
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Fall Semester


19


Course #
Title Credits
AUT106-C
Introduction to Automotive Technology
2
AUT616-C Automotive Electrical Systems
6
AUT861-C Brakes and Chassis System
8
Elective Communications*
3


Spring Semester 


19

     
AUT168-C Automotive Engine Repair
8
AUT707-C
Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning
7
AUT139-C Basic Welding Theory & Application
1
Elective
Math*
3


Summer Term


6

AUT911-C Cooperative/Internship***
6
     

SECOND YEAR
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Fall Semester 


18

Course #               Title
Credits
AUT637-C Automotive Electronics
7
AUT809-C
Auto Engine Performance
8
Elective
Social Science/Humanities*
3


Spring Semester 


18

     
AUT814-C
Automotive Engine Performance II
8
AUT250-C
Automotive Drive Trains
7
Elective
General Education**
3


Summer Term


6

AUT860-C
Brakes and Transmission Electronics
6

*You may select any course with A or E suffix.
**You may take any math, communications, or humanities/social science course with A or E suffix. You may also take Introduction to Computers (CSC110-A) to fulfill the general education elective.
***A cumulative grade point of 2.0 is required to enroll in the Cooperative/Internship course.



 

Mark Steinle

Instructor at NCC since: 2007
Email me at MSteinle@nwicc.edu



Chuck Ball
Instructor at NCC since: 2011
Email me at CBall@nwicc.edu





Jim Gaard
Instructor at NCC since: 2013
Email me at JGaard@nwicc.edu




 



Text
712-301-2573 or 712-301-1401
Call 800-352-4907
Email studentservices@nwicc.edu

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at nwicc.edu/compliance