Automotive Technician

Technical Diploma
32-404-2

Automotive Service Technicians diagnose and repair performance problems in cars. They also perform factory recommended maintenance procedures on new cars and trucks. The Blackhawk Technical College Automotive Technician Program is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified two-year program aimed at preparing the student for passing ASE exams as the requisite professional experience is obtained. The program is designed to increase knowledge and skills in the areas of diagnostic testing, use of hand and machine tools, automotive parts, service references, computerized equipment and other technical equipment on ever more complex automobiles. Students are taught through practical shop and classroom experiences.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professionalism appropriate for the auto service industry.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive internal combustion engines.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive automatic transmission/transaxle systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive manual drive train and axles systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive steering and suspension systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive brake systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive electrical/electronic systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive engine performance systems.

Graduates Have Found Employment As

  • Automotive Line Technician
  • Automotive Specialty Technician
  • Diagnostic Technician
  • Service Manager
  • Parts Manager
  • Automotive Equipment and Part Sales
  • Automotive Business Owner/Manager

View the entire course listing.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
404-338 Service Fundamentals 2
404-343 Automotive Machine Shop 1
404-345 Brake Service 4
404-346 Steering & Suspension Service 4
404-348 Service Simulation 2
804-306 Shop Mathematics I 2
 Credits15
Semester 2
404-339 Engine Service 4
404-342 Heating & Air Conditioning Service 4
404-347 Drive Train Service 1 3
404-349 Service Management 1
801-311 Communication 2
 Credits14
Semester 3
404-350 ASE Certification Review 1
404-351 Electronic Engine Control Fundamentals 4
404-353 Emission Control Service and Certification 1
404-356 Electrical Service 4
404-357 Electronic Engine Control Diagnosis 2
806-315 Applied Science 2
 Credits14
Semester 4
404-352 Computerized Fuel Systems Service 2
404-354 Engine Performance Testing 4
404-355 Drive Train/Transaxle Servvice II 2
404-358 Service Internship 2
450-315 Customer Service Fundamentals 2
 Credits12
 Total Credits55

General Education Courses Within Program

801-311Communication2
804-306Shop Mathematics I2
806-315Applied Science2

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the Automotive Technician Career Path (PDF).