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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.

Career Opportunities

Auto Body Technician

Automotive Technician

Lube Technician

Mechanic

Mechanic DOT Certified

Just the Facts

Automotive Maintenance Technician
29 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Start Dates //
August

   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

2,468

Term 2

$

2,372

Tools/Materials

$

4,083

Books

$

547

Estimated Total:  $9,470

 

Automotive Technician Overview

To enroll in the two-year Auto Technician program, you must first complete all coursework in the Automotive Maintenance Technician program. Then you receive additional training in the following Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) areas:

  • Suspension & Steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical & electronic systems
  • Engine repair
  • Automatic transmissions & transaxles
  • Manual drive train & axles
  • HVAC
  • Engine performance
  • Hybrid vehicles

This training will help prepare you for even greater employment opportunities in the auto industry.

Learn more about the Automotive Technician advanced placement option for this program.

// Program Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Aerial Lift Technician

Automotive Technician

Car Detailer

Lube Technician

Mechanic

Just the Facts

Automotive Technician
57 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Start Dates //
August

   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

2,468

Term 2

$

2,372

Term 3

$

2,311

Term 4

$

2,301

Tools/Materials

$

4,083

Books

$

521

Estimated Total:  $14,056

 

  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.

Automatic Transmission & Transaxles (Two Year Program)
Students will explore the principles of hydraulic and electronic controls as it relates to the automatic transmission.

Automotive HVAC Systems (Two Year Program)
Students will evacuate and recharge A/C systems, convert A/C systems from R-12 to R134a refrigerant according to industry standards, perform component replacement, and diagnose and repair computerized climate control systems.

Automotive Axles & Drive Trains (Two Year Program)
Students will learn the skills needed to diagnose, service, and repair automotive axles and drive trains. Coursework includes: wheel bearings, constant velocity joints, drive shafts & u-joints, and differential units.

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.

// Program Outcomes
 

100%
Employed

100% of our recent Automotive Maintenance Technician graduates got a job in the industry.

 

$19K
Yearly Salary

Our recent Automotive Maintenance Technician graduates reported an average starting salary of $18,680.

 

112
Regional Jobs

There are 112 job openings in the CVTC district for the Automotive Maintenance Technician industry.

 

Transfer
Credits to Other Institutions

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

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

Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician, Technical Diploma

Diesel Truck Technician, Technical Diploma

Motorcycle, Marine & Outdoor Power Products Technician, Technical Diploma

Truck Driving, Technical Diploma

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.