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Automotive Maintenance Technician Overview

The automotive industry is changing due to consumers demanding vehicles that deliver better mileage, higher safety ratings, increased performance, with comfort and style. CVTC’s one-year Automotive Maintenance Technician program will give you basic auto repair training.

You will explore a variety of techniques to maintain and repair automobiles. This program will allow you to acquire detailed knowledge about all vehicle components and diagnostic equipment.

If you decide to continue your education, you will have completed the first year of the two-year program, and may be able to enroll in the second year Automotive Technician program.

Career Opportunities

Auto Parts Specialist

Automotive Technician

Lift Technician

Lube Technician


Graduate Employers

Auto Value

Chilson Automotive Group

Eau Claire Auto Group

Eau Claire Ford

Goodyear Tire

Just the Facts

Automotive Maintenance Technician
29 Credit Technical Diploma

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One Year

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Eau Claire

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Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

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 Estimated Total: $7,267

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!


Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Automotive Maintenance Technician program.

Automotive Brake Systems
This course of study is designed to provide the student with the skills needed to diagnose, service, and repair foundation brake systems found on cars and light-duty trucks using industry standard equipment.

Auto Engine Performance 1
Students will disassemble an internal combustion engine, identify and measure components, reassemble engine using industry standard tools and procedures, and perform basic engine tests.

Welding-Automotive Technician
Students will acquire basic welding skills on light gauge metals and other materials used in the automobile industry by using oxyacetylene welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and plastic welding.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

Technical Diploma

Automotive Technician

Automotive Maintenance Technician Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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Continuing Their Education

89% of recent Automotive Maintenance Technician graduates have continued their education beyond this degree.


Yearly Salary

Automotive Maintenance Technician professionals make an average starting salary of $38,041.


Regional Jobs

There are 164 job openings in the CVTC district for the Automotive Maintenance Technician industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from Lightcast which is an economic modeling software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

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Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation

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The ASE Education Foundation strives to uphold quality and excellence in automotive service. It accredits qualified educational programs in schools (secondary and post-secondary) through its 5-Step Process, and offers student career development. Visit accreditation website.