Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair Technician - Level 1 | Western Technical College

Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair Technician - Level 1

Technical Diploma

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You can be ready for an entry-level position at a repair shop, dealership, or service station after earning this technical diploma. It covers eight areas of automotive maintenance with an emphasis on learning by doing. The program provides training in diagnosis, maintenance, and repair of heating and cooling systems, shop safety, wheel balancing, vehicle safety, and shop management. You will also learn techniques to develop good study habits and improve personal effectiveness. Build upon these foundational skills by continuing with Western's Automotive Service Technician - Level 2 technical diploma.

Classes are held at Western's state-of-the-art Automotive Facility, located in La Crosse's industrial park, 2721 Larson Street. Check our interactive map for specific location information.

*Please note that the delivery method for fall courses may change as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. Our goal is to ensure that teaching and learning happens in a safe environment. We will communicate updates as quickly as possible.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair Technician - Level 1

This program will cost about $2,200* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair Technician - Level 1 2018-2019 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding5
Employed in Related Occupation0
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education5
Not in Labor Market5

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Career Opportunities

Automotive Technician
Automotive Mechanic
Quick Lube Technician
Parts Specialist

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Demonstrate professionalism appropriate for the auto service industry
  • Perform maintenance of automotive internal combustion engines
  • Perform maintenance of automotive automatic transmission/transaxle systems
  • Perform maintenance of automotive manual drive train and axles systems
  • Perform maintenance and light repair of automotive electrical and electronic systems
  • Perform maintenance and light repair of automotive steering and suspension systems

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair Technician - Level 1

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