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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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Special Announcement

WKCTC will offer automotive evening classes in the fall 2022 semester! Read more about the evening class offerings

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

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 a selective admission procedure for acceptance into the program.

  • Pre-admission conference
    • For immediate information or to schedule an individual conference contact Bob Gunn at 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

Field Licensure Requirements

Some employers in the automotive industry require Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. ASE certification is not required to complete the program at the college, but students are encouraged to become ASE certified to improve their job prospects.

Students may earn up to 54 credit hours within the Automotive Technology program by passing the ASE exams. A copy of your ASE scores with your student ID number should be given to  your advisor. Call Bob Gunn at (270) 856-2410 for more information.


Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation
1503 Edwards Ferry Rd., NE
Suite 401
Leesburg, VA 20176

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.

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Program Contact

Erik Engelland

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