Auto Maintenance Student

Automotive Maintenance Technician

45-credit Technical Diploma

Automotive maintenance technicians conduct routine maintenance and basic repairs on cars and light trucks. Their job requires highly technical skills to use computerized equipment, along with traditional tools, to complete routine service work that includes oil changes, tune-ups, fluid level checks, tire rotations; replacement of worn parts such as brake pads or wheel bearings; and diagnostic testing. In the technical diploma program, gain knowledge and skills needed to work on a variety of systems such as engine, drive train, brakes, electrical, and steering and suspension. Also develop an understanding of hybrid vehicle safety, advanced chassis systems, and transmissions and transaxles. Training involves a combination of classroom instruction and lab experience.

  • Prepare for jobs such as automotive technician, service technician, mechanic or express technician.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Average Salary: $32,390
  • Credits earned in the 24-credit Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair program can be applied to this 46-credit Automotive Maintenance Technician program.

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Program Code 31-602-3

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 602-104 Brake Systems3+ 
 602-124 Steering & Suspension Systems3+ 
 602-125 Electrical&Electronic Systems12  
 602-107 Auto Service Fundamentals2 *
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 602-127 Electrical&Electronic Systems23  
 602-196 Climate Control Systems3  
 602-197 Engine Performance 13  
 602-205 Engine Repair II2 *
Total Semester Credits
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 602-190 Co-Op Dealership Experience I1  
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 442-131 Automotive Welding Fundamental2  
 602-108 Intro to Light Duty Diesel Eng1  
 602-128 Electrical&Electronic Systems33  
 602-149 Manual Drive Train and Axles4  
 602-204 Engine Repair I3 *
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 602-105 Introduction to Hybrid Safety1  
 602-109 Auto Transmission/Transaxle4  
 602-195 Advanced Chassis Systems2  
 602-122 Engine Performance Advanced3 *
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.