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

Time to Complete

1 – 2 years

Primary Location

Program Exploration – April 1

Learn more about the Automotive Technology program, meet the instructors, and get your questions answered!


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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

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. Excludes “Automotive Body and Related Repairers” (49-3021), “Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists” (49-3031), and “Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles” (49-2096).


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  • First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

    Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers. May also advise customers on recommended services. Excludes team or work leaders.


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  • Automotive Body and Related Repairers

    Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames. Excludes “Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers” (49-3022) and “Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders” (51-9124).


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  • Transportation Inspectors

    Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people. Includes rail transportation inspectors, such as freight inspectors, rail inspectors, and other inspectors of transportation vehicles not elsewhere classified. Excludes “Transportation Security Screeners” (33-9093).


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  • Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles

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


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  • 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. Excludes “Avionics Technicians” (49-2091) and “Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles” (49-2096).


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  • Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers

    Replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.


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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.



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


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


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