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Automotive Technician

  • Technical Diploma - Two Years
  • Program Code: 32-404-2
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • Auto Service Technician
  • Shop Foreman
  • Service Consultant
  • Mobile Air Conditioning Technician

If you enjoy working on vehicles, the Automotive Technician Program could provide the training you're looking for. You'll gain a theoretical understanding of and practice in all aspects of vehicle maintenance and repair. Much of your training will take place in CVTC's automotive lab, where you will learn while working on customers' cars. The lab provides experience that is very similar to what you will encounter every day on the job as a professional automotive technician.

Training will be offered in all eight areas of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification areas identified as automotive industry standards:

  • Engine Repair
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxles
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Engine Performance

Skilled automotive technicians are always in demand. You can gain a competitive edge with training in specialized systems, such as electronics or working with hybrid vehicles. The Automotive Technician Program could be the program you've been looking for!

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 55
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

Admission Process Complete

Once the above items have been completed, you will be considered for enrollment based on current openings in the program.

Advanced Placement

This program has an advanced placement option - see the admissions document below for more information.

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.