Automotive Technology

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY

The Automotive Technology program offers exciting careers and unlimited opportunities. Through the use of equipment used in the automotive industry today and A.S.E. master certified instructors, students learn how to diagnose and repair today's high-tech vehicles. This program will prepare students for entry level employment with companies that require training in areas such as: electrical systems, engine performance, transmissions, brakes, steering and suspension systems, air conditioning systems, and engine repair. Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams from ASE.

Students receive hands-on experience on up to date repair and diagnostic equipment that is currently used in the automotive field today. Computer usage and skills along with network communication diagnosis has become critical skills required to quickly and accurately diagnosis newer automobiles, hybrid and alternative fueled vehicles, and heavy diesel trucks. This is a "hands-on" training program that allows plenty of lab time to develop the skills needed to be successful in whichever emphasis of study the student chooses to go into. Through your choice of electives, you can choose the emphasis of study you would like to pursue.

Mission Statement
The Automotive Program mission and purpose is to provide its students with educational experiences that will provide a framework from which they can pursue a career in the automotive industry as well as the skills for a possible placement or continuation of their educational goals.

Certificates:

Short-term certificates are sequences of technical and professional courses that are industry focused and designed for workforce preparation. They provide access to targeted, short-term training in a discipline, and completers may sit for specific certification exams. Courses in certificate programs also apply toward technical certificates and associate degree programs in the subject area.

Alternative Fuels (19 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Completion leads to ASE F-1 Alternate Fuels and CSA CNG Fuel System Inspector, employment, and/or completion of an associate degree.

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Automotive Electrical/Electronics (18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Completion leads to preparation for the ASE Certification, employment and/or completion of an associate degree.

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Brakes and Suspension (18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Completion leads to preparation for the ASE Certification, employment and/or completion of an associate degree.

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Diesel Electronics Controls (18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Completion leads to taking the ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Technician T-6 Electrical/Electronic Systems Exam, employment, and or completion of an associate degree.

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Electric and Hybrid Vehicle (24 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Completion leads to ASE A-6 Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems, New H- 9 Transit Bus Hybrid Vehicle, NAFTC First Responder, and NAFTC First Responder Hybrid Electric Vehicle Safety Training, employment, and/or completion of an associate degree.

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Engine Performance (18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Completion leads to preparation for the ASE Certification, employment and/or completion of an associate degree.

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Maintenance and Light Repair (18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Completion leads to preparation for the ASE Certification, employment and/or completion of an associate degree.

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Power Train (19 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Completion leads to preparation for the ASE Certification, employment and/or completion of an associate degree.

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Truck Chassis Systems (17 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Completion leads to taking the ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Technician T-5 Suspension and Steering and T-8 Preventive Maintenance Inspection Exams, employment, and/or completion of an associate degree.

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Technical Certificates:

Auto Body Technical Certificate (34 credit hours = 2-3 semesters)

The Technical Certificate in Auto Body can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Applied Science degree. Many available jobs require advanced education beyond the high school diploma. Technical Certificate programs provide education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The program content is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. Certificate programs require mastery of basic reading, writing, mathematical and quantitative skills.

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Electives

Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

Automotive Service Technical Certificate (34 credit hours = 2-3 semesters)

The Technical Certificate in Automotive Service can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Applied Science degree. Many available jobs require advanced education beyond the high school diploma. Technical Certificate programs provide education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The program content is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. Certificate programs require mastery of basic reading, writing, mathematical and quantitative skills.

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Diesel Heavy Truck Technical Certificate (34 credit hours = 2-3 semesters)

The Technical Certificate in Diesel Heavy Truck can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Applied Science degree. Many available jobs require advanced education beyond the high school diploma. Technical Certificate programs provide education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The program content is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. Certificate programs require mastery of basic reading, writing, mathematical and quantitative skills.

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Motorsports Technical Certificate (34 credit hours = 2-3 semesters)

The Technical Certificate in Motorsports can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Applied Science degree. Many available jobs require advanced education beyond the high school diploma. Technical Certificate programs provide education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The program content is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. Certificate programs require mastery of basic reading, writing, mathematical and quantitative skills.

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Degrees:

Associate of Applied Science (60 credit hours = 5 semesters)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Technology will give you the knowledge and skills for career entry or advancement in a current job. Associate of Applied Science degree programs are two-year programs that prepare students for careers, career changes and career advancement. Students who need to take longer to complete the degree because of job or family obligations can take the program over a longer period of time. AAS programs may also prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs offer education in recognized technical areas and specialties with emphasis on analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The program content, which is approximately 30% general education and 70% professional/technical, provides depth and breadth in conceptual and professional/technical skills. The general education courses equip students with the problem solving, communications, scientific and mathematical skills to compete successfully in the job market. Professional/technical courses equip students with the skills to obtain employment and to advance in the workforce.

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Transfer Options

To find out information about your transfer options to public and private universities, contact your academic advisor or the Transfer Office at your local Ivy Tech campus. You are also encouraged to contact the university in which you plan to transfer.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for student who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for part-time courses.

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

The Automotive Technology program is offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:

Central Indiana (Indianapolis)

Contact:
Ron Finney, Chair
(317) 269-9273
rfinney@ivytech.edu

Local Curriculum

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Technical Certificate:
    •  Automotive Service
    •  Motorsports
    • Motorcycle Technology
    • Automotive Management
  • Certificates
    • Automotive Electrical/Electronics
    •  Certificate Brakes and Suspension
    • Certificate Engine Performance
    • Certificate Power Train
    • Motorcycle

T-TEN?

T-TEN is a world class training program with the ultimate goal of training and placing Toyota and Lexus certified technicians in a dealership position.

Toyota T-TEN is a cooperative education program that combines hands-on classroom training with paid in-dealership work experience.  Students have the option of completing a 2 year AAS degree or a 1 year technical certificate.

Upon completion:

  • You will be Toyota Trained and Certified
  • You will be ASE Certified
  • You will have real world Toyota/Lexus Dealership Experience
  • You will have a rewarding career as a Toyota/Lexus Certified Technician

Successful graduates can obtain full time employment at a Toyota/Lexus dealership earning competitive starting wages in the $32,000 to $46,000 range.  Dealership Master Technicians make over $80,000 per year.  Successful graduates will also have earned their Associate of Applied Science degree or Technical Certificate, a minimum of 2 ASE certifications in addition to the Toyota Certifications.  These students have the ability to transfer to many four year universities to earn a baccalaureate degree.

For more information or to arrange a tour of the program, contact:

Randy Fox
(317) 269-9223
rfox2@ivytech.edu

Ron Finney
(317) 269-9273
rfinney@ivytech.edu


GM ASEP

The General Motors Automotive Service Education Program (GM ASEP) is a comprehensive two year Associate of Applied Science Degree,  cooperative education training program where  students alternate between classroom/lab work at the college and paid hands on work experience at a sponsoring GM Dealership or AC Delco Service facility.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology and completed up to 94% of the GM Service Technical College (STC) required training.  These graduates are GM certified and ready to start a great fulltime career servicing  GM vehicles.  

For More information or to apply, contact:

Keith Huettl  317-269-9272              khuettl@ivytech.edu

Jeff Evans  317-269-9232       jevans205@ivytech.edu

Ron Finney  317-269-9273             rfinney@ivytech.edu



East Central (Muncie)
Contact:

Phil Morgan
Program Chair
765.289.2291, ext. 1500
pjmorgan@ivytech.edu

Kokomo (Kokomo)
Contact
Rodni Lytle, dean, school of technology
765-457-0858, ext. 545

Michael Erny, program chair
800-459-0561, ext. 701

Lafayette  (Lafayette)
Contact
Eric Erskin
Program Chair and Associate Professor, Automotive Technology
(765) 269-5155

Automotive Technology Brochure (PDF)

Local Curriculum

ASSOCIATE of APPLIED SCIENCE (67-73 Credits)
Emphasis on the following areas:
Alternative Fuels
Automotive Service
Automotive Management

TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE (31-33 Credits)
Alternative Fuel
Automotive Service

CERTIFICATE (18-24 Credits)
Alternative Fuel
Automotive Electrical/Electronics
Brakes and Suspension
Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technologies
Engine Performance
Power Train

Ivy Institute of Technology
The Ivy Institute offers accelerated programs in high-demand areas, including Automotive, that allow students to earn a new career in 40 weeks of laboratory/classroom instruction. Learn about the Ivy Institute of Technology.

Watch WLFI's video about the Automotive Institute here.

North Central (Elkhart, South Bend, Warsaw)

Concentrations:
Auto Service
Automotive Service Management

For more information contact Harry Smyers at 574-289-7001, ext. 5382 or hsmyers@ivytech.edu.

Northeast (Fort Wayne)

Contact:
Bob Huffman, Program Chair
260-481-2247
rhuffman10@ivytech.edu

Northwest (East Chicago, Gary, Michigan City, Valparaiso)
Automotive Technology Program Chair

Javier Rivera
EC Campus
(219)392-3600 ext. 241

Automotive Technology Academic Plan

Upon graduation from the School of Technology, Automotive Technology students will be able to:

  • Take the ASE Certifications, nationally recognized exams, to use as a tangible example of their abilities to prospective employers.
  • Will accurately diagnose and repair automotive malfunctions.
  • Display ability to perform automotive services within industry established timelines.
  • Practice federal, state, and local OSHA/EPA regulations for automotive services/repairs.
  • Have the ability to locate and apply technical information.
  • Understand ethical business practices and customer service practices.
Richmond (Richmond)
Contact:

Robert M. Frantz
Automotive Program Chair/Assistant Professor
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond
2357 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374-1298
Phone: 765-966-2656, ext. 4016, Toll Free: 800-659-4562, ext. 4016
Fax:765-962-8741
Email: bfrantz@ivytech.edu
www.ivytech.edu/richmond


Southwest (Evansville)
Automotive Program Summary

For more information, please contact J. Chris Kaufman, Program Chair, at (812) 429-0593.
Wabash Valley (Terre Haute)
Regional Degree Offerings:
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree
  • Certificate (C)
  • Technical Certificate (TC)

Concentrations in this Program:

  • Auto Body Repair (AAS or TC)
  • Automotive/Electrical Electronics (C)
  • Auto Service (AAS)
  • Brakes and Suspension (C)
  • Engine Performance (C)
  • Heavy Truck/Diesel (TC)
  • Power Train (C)

Contact:

Don Lumsdon, Program Chair
812-298-2453
dlumsdon@ivytech.edu

  • Local Car Dealerships
  • AutoZone

  • Body Repair Technician
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Damage Appraiser
  • Toyota T-Ten Technician
  • Automotive Service Manager
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Heavy Truck Diesel Technician
  • Motor Sports Builder/Technician
  • Hybrid Vehicle Service Technician
  • Part Sales/Counter Specialist
  • Automotive Accessory Installer