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Automotive Technician
Program Code: 32-404-2


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Technical Diploma: 2 Years, 58 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible


Career Opportunities

The two-year Automotive Technician technical diploma program is designed to be our mainstream program. We train you to understand the concepts of automotive repair in professional, full-service repair facilities. This enables you to perform diagnostic work on, and repair today's automobiles and light trucks.

As a graduate of this program, you are a top-level technician who has a working knowledge of all systems used in late model cars. Repair work is your major responsibility. You can diagnose a car's trouble by analyzing and testing, and then tell which part needs repair or replacing. As a graduate, you are also well suited for a future role as lead technician in a service garage or dealership.


Program Description

The Automotive Technician program prepares you for the typical automotive service department. It is two school years in length. You can enroll every semester as openings occur. If you are a nontraditional student or a student who wants training in the automotive field, but does not want to complete the general education courses required for the associate degree programs, then this program is well suited for you.

Automotive areas covered include fuel injection systems, on-board diagnostics (OBDII), climate control systems, basic and advanced electrical systems, brakes and anti-lock brakes, manual drivelines and transmissions, automatic transmissions, steering and suspension systems, entertainment systems, engine rebuilding, and engines testing.


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 core program 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 automatic transmission/transaxle systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive manual drive train and axles systems.
  • 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.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive engine performance systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of light-duty diesel engine systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of hybrid electric / alternative fuel automotive 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