Automotive Technology

Go beyond car repair with this comprehensive program. You’ll gain the technical expertise necessary to diagnose, repair and maintain today’s high-tech automotive systems.

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What is Automotive Technology

Like all technology, automotive systems are getting more and more sophisticated. Today, technicians need to know computer tools and hand tools. To get the best jobs, you must learn how to use the newest equipment. Instruction in systems such as engines, fuel, on-board computers, transmissions, steering, suspension, and brakes is the basis for this program.

The Automotive Technician option provides knowledge of the various systems used to develop skills in troubleshooting, performing preventative maintenance, servicing and repairing automobiles. The program prepares graduates for entry-level service technician jobs in the auto repair industry. The student may be provided a work-study experience alternating between periods of work on-site and work in a classroom-laboratory setting.

For more information, check out our program brochure.

average base pay $32,952
low: $19k med: $32k high: $58k

What are my career choices?

The Parts/Service Writer option provides knowledge of the various systems and components and how they relate. This knowledge enables the student to more accurately interpret their customers automotive complaints, identify and sell automotive parts, and provide efficient customer service within the automotive service and repair industry.

Automotive Technology Career Median Annual Salary*
Automotive Technician $32,592
Automotive Technology- Automotive Parts/Service Writer Track $32,592
Automotive Air Conditioning Mechanic $32,592
Automotive Electrician $32,592
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technician $32,592
Manual Transmission/Drive Train Technician $32,592
Brake Repairer $32,592
Tune-up Mechanic $32,592
Engine Repairer $32,592
Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Technician $32,592
Automotive Technology- Automotive Technician Track $32,592

What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfer

  • Automotive Technician Track



  • Automotive Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Technician
  • Brake Repairer
  • Engine Repairer
  • Front End Mechanic
  • Manual Transmission & Drive Train Technician
  • Tune Up Mechanic

Length of Program

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Ralph Kidd
Automotive Technology