Automotive Technology

High Quality, Hands-On Training for a Successful Career with Automobiles

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Program Overview

Dreaming of a career in the automotive service industry? College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers a comprehensive Automotive Technology program that includes Basic Technical Certificate (BTC), Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC), and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree option. In partnership with industry leaders like Ford Motor Company and Subaru, this program provides specialized training and certifications to equip you for the evolving automotive sector.

With a focus on hands-on experience, you will learn to perform maintenance, light repairs, and parts installation on automobiles and light trucks. The program combines practical skills with advanced technical theory, preparing you for a high level of technical expertise. Whether you choose the BTC, ATC, or pursue the AAS degree, you will have the opportunity to tailor your education to meet your career aspirations in the automotive service industry. The AAS degree, in particular, offers a more comprehensive educational experience, enhancing your qualifications and opening up broader career opportunities.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science

Advanced Technical Certificate

Basic Technical Certificate


$10,986 – 16,602

Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

1 – 2 years

Primary Location

Learning Opportunities

  • Industry Partnerships: Acquire valuable skills through partnerships with Ford Motor Company, Subaru, and other industry leaders.
  • Hands-on Training: Learn by doing with extensive lab work and practicum settings in local dealerships and garages.
  • Certifications & Skills: Earn OEM certifications and develop advanced skills in automotive technology.
  • Versatile Career Options: Prepare for various roles in the automotive service industry, including dealership and independent service technician positions.
  • Progression to AAS Degree: Have the option to continue your education and earn an AAS degree for further career advancement.

Industry Partnerships

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Automotive Technology – Associate of Applied Science Degree




Degree Requirements

Cost: $16,602

Automotive Technology – Advanced Technical Certificate




Maintenance and Light Repair – Basic Technical Certificate




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Career Opportunities

  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

    Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.


    Annual Openings*


    Hourly Median Wage*


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    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles

    Install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, security, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.


    Annual Openings*


    Hourly Median Wage*


    Annual Median Salary


    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment

    Install, adjust, or maintain mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, sonar, security, navigation, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other mobile equipment.


    Annual Openings*


    Hourly Median Wage*


    Annual Median Salary


    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

"I have learned so many useful and impactful things that I can use to help myself and others for a lifetime. Because of CWI, I am bettering myself and able to do things I never thought I would be able to by myself." Read more > about Building His Future Through CWI
Ryan Hael
Student, Automotive Technology



  • Apply to CWI.
  • Choose Automotive Technology as your major. 


  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


  • Attend an Automotive Technology Program Exploration event prior to registering for classes. Contact for future event details.

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