Automotive Technology & Collision Repair Academy

Automotive Technology & Collision Repair Academy

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A unique, hands-on learning experience provided in a state-of-the-art transportation lab; work side-by-side with industry certified technicians to develop high tech skills used in today’s automotive repair and technology 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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Automotive Academy Information

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. 
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

 

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. 
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

 

AUT-611 | Automotive Electricity | 5 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 and digital storage oscilloscopes. Covers diagnosis of electrical circuits with and without multiplex network control.  Includes certification as power users of the Snap-on 525D multi-meter.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

 

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.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

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.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

 

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.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

 

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.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

 

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.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

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.