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Automotive Maintenance Technician Technical Diploma

Program Code: 304041

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):

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
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Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent .( For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted)
  • 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.
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Curriculum
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Automotive Maintenance Technician technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
First Semester
Semester Total
13
Second Semester
Semester Total
13
Total Credits
26

Program Outcomes

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

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 nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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