The United States automotive industry employs approximately 7 million workers.  It is an ever-changing field due to advancement of technology and increasing awareness of global and energy issues.

SWCC's automotive repair technology program is a great way to train for a career in the automotive industry.  SWCC graduates high quality technicians who are trained to maintain, diagnose, and repair today's dynamic vehicles.  Salaries and benefit packages reflect this growing need as independent repair shops, dealerships, and franchised shops are employing technicians who specialize in one-day repair.

SWCC's automotive instructors are ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)-certified and use a hands-on approach in the classroom.  

First-year automotive repair students study automotive electrical circuits, brakes, suspensions, alignment, air conditioning and heating systems, and basic power train.  Advanced course work leading toward the associate of applied science degree includes instruction in the diagnosis, maintenance, and repair of fuel systems, engine repair, electronic engine controls, and advanced techniques in the service and repair of brake and suspension systems.

Course work and credits earned in automotive repair can be articulated into advanced studies in automotive repair at other institutions or into SWCC's collision repair program.

Did you know the Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship could help pay for the cost of this program? Learn more at Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship!

Awards Available

Automotive Repair Technology:  Diploma or Associate of Applied Science Degree

Automotive Repair Technology Degree Sheet

Potential Careers

  • Light mechanical repair technician
  • Auto maintenance technician
  • Parts technician
  • Business owner

 Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate safe work practices to protect vehicles, self and the environment (hazardous waste material handling).
  • utilize service literature and manuals, standards, terminology, and tools effectively and efficiently.
  • exhibit the ability to do systematic diagnostics and repair strategy to maintain modern automobiles and light trucks.
  • maintain and perform repairs to automotive electrical systems, automatic and/or manual transmissions, steering and suspension, brake systems, heating and air conditioning systems, and internal combustion engine repair/or engine performance to NATEF standards.
  • communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively in writing and speech along with listening to and understanding information and ideas as presented verbally to team members and others.


Instructors Jeff Sorensen and Kole Vogel

US Dept of Labor Occupational Profile for Automotive Repair Technology Diploma - 49-3023