Automotive Technology, Collision Repair, and Restoration

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Automotive Technology, Collision Repair, and Restoration

Explore Careers in Automotive Technology or Collision Repair & Restoration

A unique, hands-on learning experience offered through 2 distinct tracks – Automotive Technology or Automotive Collision Repair & Restoration – in a state-of-the-art transportation lab. Students work side-by-side with industry certified technicians to develop skills needed in today’s automotive fields.

Students become skilled in bumper-to-bumper diagnosis and maintenance with certification opportunities as a power user of Snap On diagnostic tools. Experience cutting-edge, virtual training technology to develop foundational skills.

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Course offerings may vary. Contact your nearest Kirkwood location or high school for local options.


AUT-100 | Maintenance & Light Repair | 4 credits

Provides knowledge of the skills necessary to successfully perform common maintenance and light repair tasks in engine systems, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical, and heating and air conditioning. 

 

AUT-104 | Introduction to Automotive Technology | 3 credits

Provides the beginning apprentice technician with an introductory overview of automotive servicing from a maintenance and replacement standpoint. Emphasizes routine maintenance procedures in the care of tires, batteries, lighting, belts, hoses, filters and cooling systems through classroom and hands-on activities. Presents career information on career pathways, employers, goal setting, skills inventory, student club information and personal plan. 

 

AUT-402 | Automotive Suspension and Steering | 2 credits

Introduces chassis fundamentals, including tire and wheel service. Focuses on front and rear chassis system principles and components. Remove and replace steering and suspension components. Perform wheel alignment procedures. Reinforces theories in a practical hands-on application through lab activities. 

 

AUT-502 | Automotive Brake Systems | 2 credits

Introduces automotive brake hydraulic system fundamentals. Covers brake system operation and servicing. Instructs how to machine rotors and drums and inspect disc/drum brakes. Reinforces theories in practical, hands-on classroom and lab exercises. 

 

AUT-702 | Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning | 2 credits

Introduces HVAC fundamentals. Focuses on refrigerant identification, recovery/recycling, evacuation, recharging, and leak testing skills. Covers identifying components, operational theory, and servicing HVAC systems. Includes EPA 609 Technician Certification. Reinforces theories in practical, hands-on classroom and lab exercises.

 

MAT-715 | Industrial Math I | 3 credits

Covers basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals and fractions. Covers specifically dimensional analysis and significant digit concepts. Provides practice by solving stated problems and covers introductory algebra concepts.

Course offerings may vary. Contact your nearest Kirkwood location or high school for local options.


AUT-603 | Basic Automotive Electricity | 3 credits

Introduces electrical and electronic circuit theory. Covers voltage, amperage, resistance, Ohm's Law and practical application on series, parallel and series-parallel circuits. Emphasizes studying circuits through electrical wiring diagrams and introduces scan tools. Covers diagnosis of electrical circuits with and without multiplex network control. Includes certification as power users of the Snap-On 525D multi-meter.

 

CRR-121 | Introduction to Metalworking & Refinishing I | 3 credits

Provides the beginning technician with an introduction to the collision repair industry. Introduces the student technician to shop, personal and environmental safety, and health issues related to automotive collision repair. Establishes procedures and techniques used in metalworking and refinishing, as well as shop equipment, hand and power tool usage.

 

CRR-122 | Introduction to Metalworking & Refinishing II | 3 credits

Continues concepts learned in Introduction to Metalworking and Refinishing I. Covers metal straightening theory and procedures, body fillers and applications, surface preparation, application of undercoat and topcoat refinish materials, and accessing vehicle specific information.

 

MAT-715 | Industrial Math I | 3 credits

Covers basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals and fractions. Covers specifically dimensional analysis and significant digit concepts. Provides practice by solving stated problems and covers introductory algebra concepts.

Immediate entry-level employment opportunities are available. Students are prepared for further training in transportation fields.

Average Salaries

Automotive Service Technician
$41,360

Transportation Manager
$83,890

Automotive Collision Technician
$41,730

Based on available Iowa salary data at www.bls.gov.

Students who complete the Automotive Technology Track will earn a Fundamentals of Automotive Technology Certificate.

One additional semester will earn an Entry Level Automotive Technology Diploma.

If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at All About Transferring.