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We rely on transportation every day. We must have well-maintained vehicles to get to our destinations safely, whether we are the ones driving or we are riding along. If you are interested in a career as an automobile technician, a degree or certificate in Automotive Technology will prepare you for a job in the field.

What Will I Learn About Automotive Technology at JCCC?

At Johnson County Community College, our Automotive Technology program offers courses in the eight core areas of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. ASE is the industry-backed national organization that certifies automobile technicians.

Eight core areas:

  • Brakes
  • Steering and suspension
  • Electrical
  • Engine performance
  • Automatic transmissions
  • Manual transmissions
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Engine repair

Available electives:

  • Small gas engines
  • Hybrid electric vehicles
  • Diesel fundamentals

You can develop the practical skills you need to fix vehicles. Our Automotive Technology classes will also teach you skills like customer relations, materials and labor cost estimation, and workforce management, which are needed to advance to a supervisory position.

You can choose from three education paths in our Automotive Technology program:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology: Accredited by the National Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation, this path allows you to learn about all major areas of automotive technology. After completing over 60 credit hours of courses, you will earn an associate degree and be prepared for a successful career as an automotive technician.
  • Automotive Technology Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate: Automobile technicians who perform maintenance and light repair services can receive specialized training through this certificate program. In 26 hours of course training, you will increase your technical knowledge of maintenance and minor repairs.
  • Automotive Technology Repair Certificate: This two-year certificate program is for automotive technicians who perform basic diagnostic and repair services. You will gain further training in automotive technology through hands-on courses and on-the-job experience.

Why JCCC's Automotive Technology program?

There are many benefits to pursuing a degree or certificate in JCCC’s Automotive Technology program. You will learn on the same top-of-the-line equipment and mobile technology that technicians use in the field. Small class sizes, affordable tuition, and hands-on training on more than 30 different vehicles make JCCC a top choice for your Automotive Technology certification or degree.

Automotive Technology Transfer Agreement

Make use of our transfer agreement with the University of Central Missouri, where all your courses apply toward an Automotive Technology Management degree. With transferable credits from either your certificate or associate degree, you will be well on your way to earning a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology Management.

Automotive Technology Advisory Board

Our Automotive Technology advisory board is made up of industry experts who can provide you with advice and guidance throughout your time at JCCC and beyond.

Automotive Technology Program Accreditation

JCCC’s Automotive Technology program is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation at the Master Automotive Service Technician level. Upon graduating, you will have the background to take and pass the A1-A8 and G1 ASE exams.

College Now program for Automotive Technology

If you are still in high school in Olathe or Lawrence, get college credit through the College Now program. If you are a student at the Olathe Advanced Technical Center, up to nine of your courses will count toward your certification or degree at JCCC.

Other tools and resources at JCCC

All students at JCCC have access to various resources to enhance their overall experience. As a JCCC student, you will have access to academic advising, the Career Development Center and Financial Aid office. Clubs and organizations are also available for you to get involved and meet other JCCC students who may be in different programs than you.

Jack Ireland, Chair, Automotive Technology
"When exploring this career, students should know great skills take time to develop; patience is critical. Being dependable, honest and open-minded is a must. It typically takes five to 10 years in the field to reach master level."

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Job Prospects for Automotive Technicians

The U.S. Department of Labor compiles statistics on the careers involving automotive technology. You'll find information specifically related to careers in Kansas, including salary information and the job prospects.

Download the Automotive Technology Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

We know that money is an important factor to our students. JCCC works hard to make tuition affordable for you, so you can focus on your courses without worrying about costs.

Discuss your financial aid options with our Financial Aid team. We offer more than just scholarships. Our students are also eligible for loans and grants.

Here’s what we offer our students:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.