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

Instruction in systems such as engines, fuel, on-board computers, transmissions, steering, suspension, and brakes is the basis for this program.

The Automotive Technician option provides knowledge of the various systems used to develop skills in troubleshooting, performing preventative maintenance, servicing and repairing automobiles. The program, which is designed to be completed in two years, prepares graduates for entry-level service technician jobs in the auto repair industry. The student may be provided a work-study experience alternating between periods of work on-site and work in a classroom-laboratory setting.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
low: $19k med: $32k high: $58k

What are my career choices?

Careers available include technicians in automotive dealerships and independent garages, as well as working in both dealer and aftermarket sales. Graduates may continue education with automotive service training at automobile dealerships. Graduates also have the option of continuing their education at 4 year colleges.

Automotive Technology Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Automotive Technician $32,592
Automotive Technology- Automotive Parts/Service Writer Track $32,592
Automotive Air Conditioning Mechanic $32,592
Automotive Electrician $32,592
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technician $32,592
Manual Transmission/Drive Train Technician $32,592
Brake Repairer $32,592
Tune-up Mechanic $32,592
Engine Repairer $32,592
Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Technician $32,592
Automotive Technology- Automotive Technician Track $32,592

What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?

Credentials Offered


  • Associate in Applied Science - General Occupational / Technical Studies



  • Automotive Air Condition Mechanic
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Manual Transmission & Drive Train Technician
  • Brake Repairer
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Technician
  • Engine Repairer
  • Front End Mechanic
  • Tune Up Mechanic | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

Additional Information

Automotive Air Conditioning Mechanic: 4 Total credit hours
Manual Transmission/ Drive Train Technician: 5 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Automotive Transmission/Transaxle Technician: 5 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Automotive Electrician: 10 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Brake Repairer: 5 Total credit hours
Front End Mechanic: 5 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Engine Repairer: 5 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Tune-up Mechanic: 25 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Automotive Technician: 67 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Automotive Technician Track: 76 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

Admission Requirements

There are no special admission requirements for this program.

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

John Bradley
Automotive Technology
Program Coordinator