Automotive students working on car engines

Automotive Technology

What is Automotive Technology? 

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. 

What are my career choices?

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.

What are my degree, diploma, and certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Automotive Technology (72 credit hours)



  • Automotive Air Conditioning Mechanic (4 credit hours)
  • Automotive Electrician (10 credit hours)
  • Manual Transmission/Drive Train Technician (5 credit hours)
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Technician (5 credit hours)
  • Brake Repairer (5 credit hours)
  • Engine Repairer (5 credit hours)
  • Front End Mechanic (5 credit hours)
  • Tune Up Mechanic (25 credit hours)

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.

Employment Opportunities 

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.

Admission Requirements

This program has no special admission requirements.

Length of Program

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

For more information

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.