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Automotive Maintenance Technician

Automotive Maintenance Technician

  • Technical Diploma - One Year
  • Program Code: 31-404-3
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • Auto Service Technician
  • Automotive Parts Salesperson
  • Automotive Technician
  • Mechanic
  • Service Consultant/Advisor

If you enjoy working on vehicles and want an educational program you can complete in just one year, consider the Automotive Maintenance Technician Program.

This program can help you gain the entry-level skills you need for a career servicing and repairing vehicles. You'll receive training in the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) areas identified as automotive industry standards:

  • Brakes
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Engine Performance
  • Electrical/Electronic systems

If you complete this program and decide you would like more training, you could apply what you've learned and enter CVTC's two-year Automotive Technician Program.

This is a time of change and challenge in the automotive industry, with demand for vehicles that deliver better mileage, higher safety ratings, and increased performance and style. The industry needs trained technicians. Most employers consider completing a vocational training program as the best preparation for entry-level jobs. CVTC's program is a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on practice to give you the background you need to succeed.

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 29
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 62 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 40 (only used for course placement)
ACT Composite Score: 18 or higher

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.


Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.