Automotive Technology

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 Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology. 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, electronic and electrical systems, fuel injection brakes 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 five terms, you’ll earn your degree and be ready to work as an entry-level technician. Whether you develop a career as a specialized technician, service manager or auto shop owner, 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 Technician
712-852-5348 Ext: 5348 | jjacobson@iowalakes.educreate new email
Charles Reynolds
Automotive Technology Instructor
712-852-5215 Ext: 5215 | creynolds@iowalakes.educreate new email

Program Details

PROGRAM LENGTH: 5 terms

DEGREE: Associate in Applied Science (83 credits)

CAMPUS: Emmetsburg

Instructors are ASE Certified Master Technicians

Did You Know?

Starting Salary: $26,704

Average Salary: $41,364

Projected Employment Growth:0.8%

Special Certifications Available

Curriculum

Term 1

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

The course provides an introduction to the maintenance of automotive systems including tires, batteries, lighting, belts, hoses, filters, and cooling systems.  Information on automotive careers is also introduced.


Credits: 3

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


Credits: 3

The course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems.


Credits: 3

This course is designed to provide the automotive student with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to competently diag­nose and repair the computer controlled systems used in today’s automobile.


Credits: 2

Principles and applications of gas and MIG welding theory, safety and shop practices are covered. Lecture and laboratory.


Credits: 3

A course in elementary mathematical skills for technicians. Topics covered include fundamental operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and signed numbers; percents; geometric figures and basic constructions; area and volume formulas; English/Metric systems; measurements; and basic algebraic equations and applications.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score


Term 2

Credits: 3

The course provides instruction on the operation, diagnosis, and repair procedures of the automotive internal combustion engine.


Credits: 3

The course provides experience in the operation, diagnosis, and repair procedures of the automotive braking system.


Credits: 3

The course provides experience in the operation, diagnosis, and repair procedures of the automotive internal combustion engine.


Credits: 2

The course introduces the theory of operation, diagnosis, and repair procedures related to automotive braking systems.


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.


Credits: 3

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


Term 3

Credits: 3

The course provides instruction on the design, operating principles, service, and alignment procedures of automotive and light truck steering and suspension systems.


Credits: 3

The course includes the operation and service of power and manual steering gears, rack and pinion systems, and suspension systems.  In addition, training on four-wheel alignment and adjustment is covered.


Credits: 4

Automotive Technology on-the-job training (OJT) provides the student with work experience and introduces them to the responsibilities and necessary skills of the modern automotive technician.


Term 4

Credits: 4

The course introduces the theory of the operation of transmission hydraulic and mechanical systems.


Credits: 3

This course provides experience in the repair and replacement of transmissions and transaxles.


Credits: 3

The course includes the theory of operation, diagnostic principles, and repair procedures used in the automotive manual transmission, transaxle, and drive train systems.


Credits: 3

The course provides experience in the operation and proper repair of manual transmissions, transaxles, and drive trains used in late model vehicles.


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.


Credits: 3

Introduces the basic principles of accounting and the recoding of simple business transactions using the double entry system. Includes the accounting procedures of journalizing transactions, posting to the ledger, making a trial balance, creating receipt and disbursement of cash.


Credits: 3

In a Windows environment, the focus of this course is to use hardware and software as business productivity tools. Training includes a hands-on introduction to computer applications vital in business and industry .The course covers computer terminol­ogy, operating system, email, and Internet applications .Hands on training is provided for software business applications includ­ing word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.


Credits: 3

This course emphasizes these processes: understanding how to find, analyze and pursue an opportunity; understanding oneself and personality characteristics of the “entrepreneur,” examining the environment for entrepreneurship. A case and experiential approach is used.


Credits: 3

CSC-110 is an introductory course that surveys a variety of topics to include history, hardware, software, terminology, com­munications, computer ethics, and societal impact of computers. In addition to computer literacy, students will complete hands-on modules using operating systems, word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software; such as Microsoft Office programs.


Choose either ACC 111, BCA 212, BUS 130, or CSC 110

Term 5

Credits: 4

The course focuses on the operation, diagnosis, and repair procedures used to service automotive ignition systems.


Credits: 4

The course focuses on the diagnostic and repair procedures used to service the automotive fuel system.


Credits: 4

The course focuses on the operation, diagnosis, and repair procedures for electronic engine control systems used in the automotive industry.


Credits: 3

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


Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to fundamentals of business, including evaluations, typical forms of business, accounting, management styles, marketing and customer service skills. Concepts of business and management functions, organizational considerations, and decision-making processes, are studied.