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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
  • 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.

Career Opportunities

Automotive Mechanic

Aerial Lift Technician

Automotive Technician

Car Detailer

Diesel Technician

Lube Technician

Graduate Employers

Ken Vance Honda

The Muffler Shop and Auto Center LLC

Penske Truck Leasing

Just the Facts

Automotive Technician
57 Credit Technical Diploma

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Two Years

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Eau Claire

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Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

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 Estimated Total: $12,818

  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 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.

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 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 Technician graduates have continued their education beyond this degree.


Yearly Salary

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


Regional Jobs

There are 164 job openings in the CVTC district for the Automotive 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

Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician, Technical Diploma

Automotive Maintenance 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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A Program You Can Trust

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.