Automotive Maintenance Technician Technical Diploma

Teaching students in an automotive class.

Program Code: 314043

As an automotive maintenance technician, you'll diagnose vehicle malfunctions, perform basic appropriate repairs, and recommend/conduct regular vehicle maintenance. With additional coursework, graduates of this technical diploma can ladder into a two-year technical diploma or associate degree in the automotive field. This one-year, technical diploma program is ASE Certified to National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation Standards and is offered on our Marinette campus.

Follow Your Path

Some credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• Automotive Technology, 106023
Some credits from this program apply toward the following technical diploma(s):
• Automotive Technician, 324042


Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Automotive Service Technician: Diagnoses vehicle malfunctions, performs appropriate repairs, and recommends/conducts regular vehicle maintenance.

Automotive Electronics Specialist: Utilizes hi-tech equipment to troubleshoot complex electrical and computer malfunctions. Replaces and reprograms engine, body and transmission controllers.

Brake Specialist: Performs complete brake system safety inspections, diagnoses brake system concerns and makes necessary repairs.

Steering, Suspension & Alignment Specialist: Diagnoses and repairs steering and suspension system concerns, utilizes computerized equipment to perform suspension and steering system adjustments.

Engine Repair Specialist: Diagnoses engine mechanical failure, disassembles, inspects, and measures engine components, recommends/ conducts component replacement.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• Shop Supervisor
• Specialty Technician
• Fleet Dispatcher
• Specialty Repair Shop Owner
• Automotive Instructor


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent .( For a list of equivalents, go to
• NWTC Academic Skills Assessment or equivalent (See Academic Skills Assessment section for details and equivalents).
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Green Bay
Sturgeon Bay
Students following the study plan below will complete the Automotive Maintenance Technician technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-804-301 VOCATIONAL MATH A ...This course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge and skills to apply the concepts of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, measurement, proportions, and percent to their career. No prerequisites needed.
10-412-125 TRANSPORTATION SERVICE OPERATIONS ...introduces the auto and diesel shop environment, safety and the use of basic hand/power tools in accordance with industry standards, use of manufacturer's service information and literature, handling hazardous materials, and emphasizes general shop safety and general shop practices.
10-602-101 AUTO SERVICE OPERATIONS ...students will perform and understand oil change and multipoint vehicle inspections; writing a repair order; battery jump starting, charging, and safety; tire inspection, removing, replacement, and repair. (Corequisite: 10-412-125 Transportation Service Operations)
10-412-153 INTRO TO ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ...focus on the theory of electricity. This will include studying Ohms, Kirchoff's, and Newton's Laws and how they apply to the circuits on various electrical systems on a vehicle. Students will apply these theories to troubleshoot simple circuits.
10-412-170 WELDING TRANSPORTATION 1 ...focuses on welding and cutting safety; develops skills in welding and cutting of metals used in the transportation trades. Methods of welding include gas metal arc welding (MIG) in the horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. Methods of cutting include oxy-fuel and plasma arc cutting of metals. Students will learn to set up and maintain welding equipment and weld and cut a variety of types and thicknesses of materials commonly used in the transportation trades.
10-602-102 AUTO ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 1 ...students will diagnose more complex circuits utilizing an electrical meter and test light. Students will build circuits and test existing circuits on a vehicle, including parallel circuits and relays. Testing will include volts, amps, Ohms- measured and calculated, and voltage drop. (Corequisite: 10-412-153 Intro to Electrical Systems)
10-602-104 BRAKE SYSTEMS ...this automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair vehicle braking systems including an introduction to ABS. Focus will be on replacing and machining disc and drum brakes, learning brake hydraulic principals, different types of brake fluids, parking brake operation, and flaring replacement brake lines. (Corequisite: 10-602-101 Auto Service Operations)
10-602-124 STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS ...this course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair steering and suspension components such as ball joints, control arms, shocks, struts, inner and outer tie rod ends. Additionally, steering and suspension safety, tire types and ratings, wheel balance, and wheel alignment procedures. (Corequisite: 10-602-101 Auto Service Operations)
10-602-195 ADVANCED CHASSIS SYSTEMS ...this course will provide the opportunity to develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair the electrical side of the antilock brake system, vehicle stability enhancement system, and electronic steering and suspension system.
10-602-105 AUTO ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 2 ...students will diagnose preliminary vehicle electrical systems that include the battery, starter, and alternator. Testing will include volts, Ohms-measured and calculated, amps, voltage drop, and parasitic draw.
10-602-103 ENGINE REPAIR 1 ...this course will provide the opportunity for students to understand basic engine design and the 4 stroke cycle. The course will also provide an opportunity to develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair vehicle cooking systems and lubrication systems.
10-602-106 ENGINE PERFORMANCE 1 ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair powertrain control and ignition systems. Emphasis on diagnostic procedures and the problem-solving techniques associated with automotive engine performance and drivability. (Prerequisite: 10-602-102 Auto Electrical & Electronic Systems 1; Corequisite: 10-602-103 Engine Repair 1)
10-602-108 ENGINE PERFORMANCE 2 ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair fuel systems. Emphasis on diagnostic procedures, problem-solving techniques associated with automotive engine performance and drivability. (Corequisite: 10-602-106 Engine Performance 1)
10-602-113 ENGINE PERFORMANCE 3 ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair emissions control systems. Emphasis on diagnostic procedures, problem-solving techniques associated with automotive engine performance and drivability. (Corequisite: 10-602-108 Engine Performance 2)
10-602-116 AUTO CERTIFICATION PREPARATION 1 ...this course provides an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to successfully complete the Automotive Technician certification test in the areas of Brakes, Steering and Suspension, and Engine Performance. (Prerequisite: Accepted to the Automotive Technician or Automotive Technology program)
Curriculum Note
The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

• A1 Engine Repair
• A4 Suspension & Steering
• A5 Brakes
• A6 Electric/Electronic Systems



• All NWTC Automotive programs are ASE Certified to NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) Standards.
• All instructional staff in the NWTC Automotive Programs are, at a minimum, Master, ASE Certified Technicians.
• NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation)

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit