Automotive Maintenance

If you want to be in a job field that’s always in demand, a career in automotive technology may be a great fit for you. Learn a unique skill-set that’s needed anywhere in the world while earning an Automotive Maintenance diploma. Gain hands-on experience diagnosing and servicing automobiles while working in a modern, high-tech lab at our Emmetsburg Campus.

Develop knowledge of transmissions, engine systems, steering and suspension, brake systems, transmissions and shop safety. Find an area you excel at, then choose to specialize in a specific skill. Our Automotive Technology program provides you with certification opportunities in eight different areas.

In just three terms, you’ll earn your diploma and be ready to enter the workforce. Whether you develop a career as an automotive technician or mechanic, you’ll establish a strong set of skills in automotive technology right here that you can take anywhere.

Faculty Contact

Jason Jacobson
Assistant Professor | Automotive Technology
712-852-5348 |

Program Details


DEGREE: Diploma (38 credits)

CAMPUS: Emmetsburg

Instructors are ASE Certified Master Technicians

Did You Know?

Starting Salary: $28,592

Average Salary: $44,811

Projected Employment Growth:0.7%

Special Certifications Available


Term 1

Credits: 2

This course provides students with an introductory overview of automotive servicing from a maintenance and replacement standpoint while emphasizing routine maintenance procedures in the care of tires, batteries, lighting, belts, hoses, filters, and cooling systems through classroom and lab instruction.

Credits: 1

The course is designed to prepare the student to work safely in the auto shop. Students will be introduced to safety equipment, safety rules, and common accidents in the automotive service area.

Credits: 3

This course covers Automatic Transmission and Transaxle diagnosis, maintenance, and light repair/replacement. Both hydraulic and electric controlled transmissions are discussed.

Credits: 1

This course provides application of the fundamentals of electricity along with electrical testing procedures and equipment in the automotive industry.

Corequisite: ELE 332 – Fundamentals of Electricity

Credits: 3

The course provides experience in using critical thinking skills to formulate rapid and accurate diagnoses of automotive drivability systems.

Credits: 3

Developing skills in reading, writing and listening as they apply to students’ vocational needs.

Credits: 2

This course provides knowledge of the fundamentals of electricity along with electrical testing procedures and equipment for the transportation and maintenance industry.

Corequisites: AGM 332 – Fund. of Electricity Lab Farm Equipment, AUT 332 – Fund. of Electricity Lab Automotive, MOT 332 – Fund. of Electricity Lab Powersports or MSE 332 – Fund. of Electricity Lab Marine

Term 2

Credits: 4

This course provides the engine repair and maintenance information and skills needed for entry-level technicians. Preventative maintenance and in-vehicle repair are covered, along with long block removal and installation.

Credits: 4

This course covers manual transmission repair and maintenance, providing the information and skills needed for entry-level technicians. The course will also explore preventative maintenance, in-vehicle repair, transmission and clutch removal and installation, drive axle and transfer case diagnosis and repair.

Credits: 4

This course covers brake system repair and maintenance, providing the necessary information and skills for entry-level technicians, and covers the preventative maintenance, diagnosis, and repair of brake systems, including mechanical, anti-lock brake, and traction control.

Credits: 3

Students are given the opportunity to apply human relations concepts and evaluate experience and observations. Social skills required in various occupational settings will be developed, emphasizing how appropriate personal attitudes lead to social and business success.

Term 3

Credits: 4

This course will provide instruction in diagnosing and repairing automotive alignment and suspension system components. Electronically controlled suspension and collision avoidance system diagnosis, maintenance, and repair are also covered.

Credits: 4

The course is a study of the operation, diagnostics, and of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems used in the automotive industry.