Auto Technology student

Automotive Technology - General Option

60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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The Automotive Technology -- General Option was developed to fill the growing need for highly professional, technically competent technicians for automotive dealerships. Learn on the latest automotive vehicles, components, educational materials and state-of-the-art equipment available. Training will include engines, fuel management, electronics, transmissions/transaxles, brakes, air conditioning and introduction to hybrids and diesel technology.

  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school automotive classes
  • Prepare for jobs such as automotive technician, auto mechanic or service technician
  • Internship opportunities are available and provide technical, hands-on experience.
  • Become ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) student certified.
  • Earn EPA Refrigerant Recycling certification
  • Select programs may transfer to other institutions
  • Learn about scholarship availability.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Average Salary: $27,856

Program Code 10-602-3

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 *
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 804-107 College Mathematics3+*
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 *
 801-197 Technical Reporting3+ 
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 *
 809-195 Economics3+ 
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 602-105 Introduction to Hybrid Safety1  
 602-109 Auto Transmission/Transaxle4  
 602-122 Engine Performance Advanced3  
 602-195 Advanced Chassis Systems2  
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Block Schedules for Spring 2019

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.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

602-107 Auto Service Fundamentals 3
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm 3
806-139 Survey of Physics 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

Program Specific Agreements

There are currently no program specific college credit agreements for Automotive Technology-General. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

General Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Concordia UniversityAny BachelorsVaries
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeCredits vary, check with Lakeland
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 35%+ tuition disccount for WCTC grads
Purdue University GlobalAny Bachelorscredits vary, 20% tuition discount

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.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Steve Angove

Steve Angove

Phone: 262.691.5465


  • AAS -- Automotive Technology, Waukesha County Technical College


  • ASE Certified Master Technician
  • ASE Certified in L1 and L3
  • G.M. Certified
  • Toyota Certified
  • NC3 Certified , Snap -on Diagnostic equipment
  • HVAC Federal Certification
Program instructor, Dean Buchholz

Dean Buchholz

Phone: 262.691.5465


  • AAS -- Automotive Technology, Waukesha County Technical College


  • ASE certified
  • GM certified
Program instructor, Ken Kaufman

Ken Kaufman

Phone: 262.695.6229


  • AAS -- Automotive Technology, Waukesha County Technical College


  • ASE certified – Master ASE in Automotive with L1
Program instructor, Don Oremus

Don Oremus

Phone: 262.691.5465


  • AAS, Wyoming Technical Institute


  • ASE Master Technician, GM Certified Instructor, Toyota Certified Instructor