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

Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair Technician - Level 1

Technical Diploma

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Not Financial Aid Eligible

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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.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair Technician - Level 1

This program will cost about $1,970* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, view the Tuition page or Cost of Attendance document.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

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 and light repair of automotive electrical and electronic systems

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

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.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • 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.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

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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