Automotive Technology provides students a comprehensive, advanced working knowledge of today’s high-tech automotive systems, as well as vintage automobiles. Technicians go beyond simple car maintenance. Instruction in this program provides technical expertise on designing high-performance motors, operation of appropriate digital and manual machines and equipment, computer diagnostics, and understanding sophisticated integrated mechanical, hydraulic, electronic, and pneumatic vehicle systems. You will learn about engines, fuel delivery, on-board computers, manual and automatic transmissions, steering, suspension, and brakes, while also getting direct, hands-on practice and experience.
Persons trained in automotive technology are employed with dealerships, automotive manufacturing, government and independent fleets, independent and franchised repair facilities, and can also be entrepreneurs and own their own business.
The Automotive Technology program at SKYCTC is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and students have the opportunity to take tests leading to certification by ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
For course description, see the Program Brochure.
For course sequence, see the course sequence example.
For specific course requirements, see the KCTCS Course Catalog.
For program cost, see the estimate worksheet.
For Gainful Employment, see Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.
Our program prepares you for a starting job as a service technician. From dealerships to repair shops, technicians are in high demand. Good pay. In automotive repair in 2004, the U.S. Department of Labor says the typical technician made a median income of $38,160 a year. Not bad—and it's even higher today.
This program has no special admission requirements.
You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.