Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Careers for Tomorrow's Automotive Techs

Rev up your career with Kirkwood’s Automotive Technology program. This two-year degree provides entry-level skills and knowledge for tomorrow’s automotive technicians.

The curriculum emphasizes automotive electronics. You’ll learn about body electrical, engine electrical and computerized fuel delivery systems.

The program is also Master™-certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and our instructors are certified Master Technicians by the National Institute of Automotive Services Excellence (ASE).

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year.

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the Automotive Technology program will be able to:

  1. Utilize service information to diagnose, service and repair automotive systems.
  2. Utilize service tools and equipment to diagnose, service and repair automotive systems.
  3. Diagnose, service and repair automotive hydraulic systems.
  4. Diagnose, service and repair automotive electrical, computerized and network systems.
  5. Diagnose, service and repair automotive mechanical systems.
  6. Identify and apply shop safety skills in accordance to industry standards.
  7. Provide the opportunity to obtain ASE certifications.

Kirkwood is an authorized Snap-On Certified Training Center. After you finish the Snap-On Diagnostic products training and pass the rigorous test, you are considered a power user of Snap-On diagnostic tools, with an efficiency of 90-100 percent. Achieve master status (top 10 percent nationwide) and become one of the most sought-after technicians in the field. Snap-On certification is for the technician, educator or student who wants to be the best in the industry.

We currently provide factory training on Snap-On Verus, Modis, Solus-Pro, Vantage Pro, and Ethos scan tools, as well as Shop-Key service information and the EEDM525D Snap-On Multi-meter. If you want to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of your investment, then Snap-On certification is what you want.

Tool Requirements

Students in the Automotive Technology program are required to have a tool set for lab activities. Instructors provide students with a list of the minimum requirements.

The cost of first-year tools and tool box is estimated at $6,100. A second-year tool set is also required. Payment plans are arranged directly with the financial aid office on the main campus. 

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Kirkwood has a partnership with the Mopar® CAP LOCAL Program. Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, and Ram vehicles are making extraordinary advancements in technology.

To meet these new demands in technology, the Mopar® CAP LOCAL Program is constantly seeking candidates who have a strong aptitude for mechanical and electronic technology as well as a desire to succeed.

Identifies regional workplace skill needs and aligns world-class training to current industry standards for career readiness and lifelong learning.


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