Automotive Technician | Western Technical College

Automotive Technician

Technical Diploma

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Mechanically inclined? Like solving problems? If so, you might find a career as an automotive technician challenging as well as rewarding. With a focus on hands-on experiences in this technical diploma program, you’ll learn to diagnose and repair problems in engines, drive trains, brakes, electrical systems, steering, suspension, transmission systems as well as hybrid and alternative fuel systems. Coursework covers the basics of operating an automotive repair business. You’ll learn skills that will help you communicate with customers and gain valuable experience by making repairs on student and faculty vehicles in an actual shop.

The program prepares you for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. Graduates find jobs in car dealerships, independent repair shops, and other related areas.

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.

Program instructors accept vehicle work from the public that fits with the topic they are covering in class. To apply for this service, complete the Automotive Repair Request Form.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Automotive Technician

This program will cost about $9,300* 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.

Graduation Employment Stats

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Career Opportunities

Automotive Service Technician
Automotive Mechanic
Fleet Maintenance Mechanic
Service Manager
ASE - Automotive Specialist
Certified Master Technician

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
  • Use appropriate tools and equipment common to the trade.
  • Demonstrate safe service and repair practices.
  • Identify automotive system components.
  • Analyze system components for repair or replacement.
  • Perform preventative maintenance.
  • Apply principles of systems operations.
  • Perform a diagnostic strategy to determine a system malfunction.
  • Display professionalism in the workplace including punctuality, ethical behavior, reliability and commitment to customer satisfaction.
  • Explain environmental and legal constraints relating to automobile repair practices.
  • Apply the use of Electronic Service information systems and/or service manuals.

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.

Gainful Employment


The Automotive Technician program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).


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.

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