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Automotive Maintenance Technician
Program Code: 31-404-3


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Technical Diploma: 36 Weeks, 27 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible


Career Opportunities

As an automotive maintenance technician program graduate, you are ready for work in a variety of automotive repair facilities. The majority of work done by automotive maintenance technicians is in preventive maintenance and general repairs. Many shops specialize in these customer needs. You may find employment with a chain store such as Midas, Car-X, Tuffy, Sears, and Tires Plus, all steady employers of program graduates. Large dealers may also employ you in their lube centers and entry-level positions.


Program Description

The Automotive Maintenance Technician program is a 36-week technical diploma program. You can enroll every semester as openings occur. You are awarded a diploma upon completion of all program requirements.

Automotive areas covered include basic electrical systems, brakes and anti-lock brakes, steering and suspension, engines testing, and manual drivelines and manual transmissions.


Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Note: ACCUPLACER Reading Score of 47 or greater or completion of equivalent Program Prep course is a prerequisite to first semester occupational specific courses. Students may register only for Automotive Service Fundamentals, 10-602-107, without meeting the above reading requirement.

Note: Tools are provided for occupational specific courses.


Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Automotive Technology program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professionalism appropriate for the auto service industry.
  • Demonstrate basic positive communication skills needed for dealing with customers and others in a professional manner.
  • Develop safe procedures and practices for all phases of service and repair of automobiles, machinery and test equipment and for handling chemicals and solvents used in repair and cleaning. You will participate in, and receive S/P2 safety and pollution prevention certification, or equivalent.
  • Develop a working knowledge of repair manuals and computer programs used by automotive technicians in the servicing of vehicles.
  • Demonstrate technical abilities and competencies equivalent to the standards used by modern repair facilities.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive internal combustion engines.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive steering and suspension steering systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive brake systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive electrical/electronic systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive heating and air conditioning systems.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Technical education courses, sheet metal, welding, computer applications, auto servicing and electronics, English, algebra, and applied science.


Contact Us

For additional information, call or e-mail Scott Springstroh at (920) 996-2881 or visit the department website at www.fvtc.edu/automotive.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.





Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program