Automotive Technology


Two automotive technology students working on an engine.

Program Overview

If you have an interest in and love for cars, like working with your hands and have a desire to solve problems, you should consider the automotive technology field. The Automotive Technology program at Western Nebraska Community College, offered at the Scottsbluff Campus, provides you with a high quality education that will train you to rebuild and repair engines, work on automatic and manual transmissions, repair heating and air conditioning systems, tune up engines, calibrate fuel systems, repair brake systems, correct suspension and alignment problems, work with computer diagnostics, and troubleshoot the electrical systems on today's cars.

Most employers prefer to hire technicians with formal training, and WNCC has established a career network that will help you find the perfect job. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor and National Automotive Dealers Association) The Automotive Technology program at WNCC uses a multi-level completion tier. We offer skill awards in as little as one semester, a one-year certificate, two-year diploma, or Associate of Occupational Studies degree. Each of the tiers is based on the student successfully combining skill classes, core classes, and general education classes. For your customized program, visit with one of our faculty today.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Occupational Studies in Automotive Technology
Certificate in Automotive Technology
Diploma in Automotive Technology

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2014, the median pay for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics was $37,120 per year. Growth in jobs in Automotive Body and Glass Repair for the decade 2014-2024 was projected to be 5%, as fast as average. (

Gainful Employment (GE) Program Disclosures
NOTE: applies only to diploma and certificates, not associate degrees

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 require institutions to report certain information to students who enroll in Title IV-eligible education programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Those regulations also provide that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE programs.

View the Gainful Employment Program Disclosure by visiting Automotive Technology Certificate.

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