Automotive Technician Overview
To enroll in the two-year Automotive 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
- Electrical & electronic systems
- Engine repair
- Automatic transmissions & transaxles
- Manual drive train & axles
- Engine performance
- Hybrid vehicles
This training will help prepare you for even greater employment opportunities in the auto industry.
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CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.// Program Scorecard
Automotive Technician professionals make an average starting salary of $39,384.
There are 163 job openings in the CVTC district for the Automotive Technician industry.
* 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.
Credits to Other Institutions
Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.
These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.
You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.
Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Automotive Technician program.
Automatic Transmission & Transaxles
Students will explore the principles of hydraulic and electronic controls as it relates to the automatic transmission.
Automotive HVAC Systems
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
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.
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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
Automotive Maintenance Technician, Technical Diploma
Diesel 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.// Explore Continuing Ed Opportunities
Unsure of which program you'd like to go into? Learn more about our Career Assessment to help narrow down your options.
A Program You Can Trust
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.