Automotive Technology

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The automotive service industry is one of constant change as cars become more complex. Highly trained technicians are needed to diagnose and repair today's automobiles.

The Automotive Technology Program emphasizes theory of operation and hands-on training in electrical/electronics, brakes, suspension, engine repair, fuel, emissions, engine performance, transmissions and climate control systems. The student will practice diagnosis and repair using online repair manuals and up-to-date diagnostic repair equipment such as scan tools and computerized alignment equipment.

The skills attained upon program completion will allow the student to pursue a career in automotive repair at new car dealerships, independent repair facilities, fleet repair facilities, or other opportunities in automotive parts and service.

The program is NATEF Master certified as a division of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) national institution for certifying automotive technicians.  Instruction, delivered by lecture and hands-on training, is provided by a National Automotive Technician Educational Foundation (NATEF) Master Certified Truck Technician. Curriculum follows the NATEF standards and prepares the student to become Automotive Service Excellence certified (ASE). Check out our flyer.

Credential Opportunities

Degree — Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Automotive Technology with the following tracks:



Industry Credential

Automotive Service Excellence

A1 Engine Repair

A2 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

A3 Manual Drive Train & Axles

A4 Suspension & Steering

A5 Brakes

A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems

A7 Heating & Air Conditioning

A8 Engine Performance

A9 Light Vehicle Diesel Engines

B1 Auto Maintenance & Light Repair




Length of Program

Day classes are offered during two 16–week semesters (August-December and January- May) and during the summer each academic year at the Skilled Craft Training Center, located at 70 Hickory Road, Hickory, KY 42051. Dual credit courses are accepted from local high school districts and allow the student to enter in their second semester of the program. 

Admission Requirements

Automotive Technology uses a selective admission procedure for acceptance into the program. 

  • Attend a pre-admission conference. 
    • Conference Dates will be set in Fall of 2014 and Spring of 2015 for enrollment into the class beginning Fall of the 2015-2016 Academic year. 
    • Individual conferences can be scheduled by contacting Bob Gunn -- or 270-856-2410 
  • Apply for admission to West Kentucky Community & Technical College if not currently enrolled.
  • Submit an official high school transcript or GED.
  • Submit an official transcript of all previous college work.
  • Submit ACT© or COMPASS© scores.

For additional admission information, please consult WKCTC's general admission requirements.

Industry Related Associations


National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
101 Blue Seal Drive, S.E. Suite 101
Leesburg, VA 20175 1-703-669-6650

Contact Information

Robert Gunn, Program Coordinator

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