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).

Classes are held in the Automotive Technology Center just north of the Main Campus on the corner of Kirkwood Blvd. and 50th Ave. SW. View Map.

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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.

Completion of a program conference is required to be admitted to the program. You’ll learn more about the program as well as specific admissions requirements.

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Program Costs

Automotive Technology 

School Year: 2024–25

Program Entry Semester: Fall

Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Total
Credit Hours per Semester 15 15 10 14 15 69
In-State Tuition $3,255 $3,255 $2,170 $3,038 $3,255 $14,973
Technology Fee per Semester $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $250
Clinical Expenses (mileage, lodging, screenings, etc.) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Conferences/Seminars $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Course Resources (textbooks, software, etc.) $949.95 $172.95 $0 $344.16 $206.65 $1,673.70
Course/Section Fees $50 $90 $40 $70 $30 $280
Laptop (required devices) $1,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,250
Testing Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Third Party Credentials $180 $106 $140 $310 $104 $840
Tool Sets $500 $0 $0 $9,500 $0 $10,000
Uniforms $400 $0 $0 $400 $0 $400
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Estimated Cost $6,634.95 $3,673.95 $2,400 $13,712.16 $3,645.56 $30,067.72


Costs provided are estimated and based on the following current tuition rates: $217 (In-State), $290 (Out-of-State), $400 (International).

Fees and costs are subject to change. To view all costs associated with attending college visit our Tuition and Costs page.


Program Requirements

To get into the Automotive Technology program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

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.

Payment plans are arranged directly with the financial aid office on main campus. 

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Students in Kirkwood's Automotive Technology program, as well as those pursuing the Entry Level Automotive Technology Diploma, Fundamentals of Automotive Technology Certificate, Advanced Chassis Certificate, Advanced Drivetrain Certificate, Advanced Powertrain Certificate, or Introduction to Automotive Technology Certificate, are encouraged to join the Kirkwood chapter of SkillsUSA, a workforce development organization for students with nearly 400,000 members nationally. 

SkillsUSA is one of eight recognized members of the National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO). CTSOs are co-curricular groups that help students in career and technical education programs further their knowledge and skills by participating in activities, events, and competitions.

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.

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.

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