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

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 $2,100* 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

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 Enrollment Services or call 608-785-9553 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Automotive Technician
Automotive Mechanic
Quick Lube Technician
Parts Specialist

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability

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

Career Pathways

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