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Automotive Technology

Go beyond car repair with this comprehensive program. You’ll gain the technical expertise necessary to diagnose, repair and maintain today’s high-tech automotive systems.

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What is Automotive Technology

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 isa Master School accredited by National Automotive Technician Educational Foundation (NATEF) Instruction is delivered by an ASE certified (Automotive Service Excellence) Master Automobile Technician. Curriculum follows the NATEF standards and prepares the student to become Automotive Service Excellence certified (ASE).

What are my career choices?

Students will take the STUDENT Automobile Service Technology test at the end of the program.

Students may qualify to take these regular industry certifications tests during or at the end of the program. Additional cost is required.

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
  • G1 Maintenance and Light Repair

What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfers



Additional Information

Length of Program

Day classes are offered during two 16week 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 aselective admissionprocedurefor acceptance into the program.

  • The pre-admission conference dates for the Fall 2017 cohort are Monday, April 10th and Monday, April 17th beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Skilled Craft Training Center Room 153.
    • For immediate information or to schedule an individual conference contact Bob Gunn at robert.gunn@kctcs.edu 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

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Robert Gunn
Automotive Technology
Program Coordinator