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.
Estimated Program Cost
Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair Technician - Level 1
This program will cost about $2,300* 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.
- 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
Software and Technology
Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.
If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.
- Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
- Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
- Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.
- Western uses the Blackboard Learning Management System. Some courses may use Zoom or Microsoft Teams to meet and work virtually. Visit our website for guidance on how to access and use these tools.
- Office 365 (available to download for free once you have a student email)
- Recommended web browsers: Chrome or Firefox
For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.
- Western has several computer labs available. Visit our website to find open hours and locations on the La Crosse campus. Or find information on how to access resources on our Regional Locations web page.
- The Learning Commons has computers, webcams, and microphones available for in-house use. Our librarians recommend checking your local public library for computer access on the weekends. Staff members can also provide information on free, off-campus Wi-Fi spots. Contact them at LearningCommons@westerntc.edu or call 608-785-9198.
- Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.