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 as well as hand tools. To get the best jobs, you must learn how to use the newest equipment. Get on the entrance ramp to this great career at Southeast!

What are my career choices?

Demand for technicians will grow as the number of vehicles on the road grows! This means more and more employment opportunities. Persons trained in automotive repair can expect to find employment in new car dealerships, coal operations, as well as government and independent fleets. Many Southeast graduates start their own small businesses or work for other independent operators.

Many experienced technicians employed by automobile dealers and independent repair shops receive a commission related to the labor cost charged to the customer. Although weekly earnings depend on the amount of work completed, most employers guarantee certified technicians a minimum weekly salary.

What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfer

  • General Occupational and Technical Studies

Diploma

Certificates:

  • Automotive Transmissions/Transaxel Technician Certificate
  • Automotive Air Conditioning Certificate
  • Automotive Transmission Mechanic
  • Automotive Electrician Certificate
  • Brake Repairer Certificate
  • Engine Repairer Certificate
  • End Mechanic Certificate
  • Manual Transmission/Drive Train Technician Certificate
  • Tune Up Mechanic Certificate

Additional Information

Automotive Technology program brochure

ASE for college credit

A student who has passed and received certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) may earn up to a maximum of 54 credit hours equivalent to the course(s) within the program of study as specified by the Automotive Technology Curriculum. Credit will be granted ONLY upon receipt of an official proof of certification credential stating the date issued. A copy of the credential must be filed as part of the student's permanent record. The credential must be accepted within four years of the issue date on the credential. Students must met residency requirements for credentials.

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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

Ronnie Daniels
Automotive Technology
Program Coordinator
606.589.3247 or 606.273.7722
ronnie.daniels@kctcs.edu