The Northwest Tech Automotive Technology program allows you to start with and develop the basic fundamentals before advancing to the necessary job skills and related work procedures needed to gain employment in the automotive industry. This progression will include the use of technical service manuals, testing equipment, electronic ignition systems, rear, front, and four-wheel drive, and power steering and brakes.
We are continually updating our curriculum to assure that you, our students, are able to work with the same tools and equipment found in the industry today. As advanced technology is introduced with new automobiles each year, electronics are used in brakes, transmission, steering systems, and a variety of other components. You will use the latest in computerized diagnostic devices and much more.
The shop training is set up in a very similar way to repair bays in an automotive dealership. We schedule customer work from the community so that the learning environment is hands-on for job training. You learn actual on-the-job procedures for trouble shooting, looking up parts, figuring a job sheet, and relating with customers.
The Northwest Tech Automotive Technology program is certified in the eight required areas needed to meet the strict industry standards for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master certification. ASE is a national non-profit organization which tests and certifies automotive repair technicians. The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) has evaluated and approved our program for certification, meeting the standards of excellence in the following areas: Automatic Trans/Transaxle, Brakes, Electrical Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Heating and Air Conditioning, Manual Drive Train and Axles, Suspension and Steering. This certification program ensures that “top notch” technicians will be entering the work force.
The NATEF certification guarantees you will gain a broad knowledge of how the complex components of contemporary vehicles work and interact. With this high-level, technology-related education, you will enter the workforce as a prepared and skilled technician.
- Accurately diagnose, repair and service suspension and steering systems.
- Diagnose and repair fuel injection and emissions system.
- Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot and repair electronic systems and components.
- Diagnose and repair drive train system components and transmissions.
- Accurately diagnose, repair, and service brake systems.
- Service and repair heating and air conditioning systems according to state, local, and federal guidelines.
- Diagnose and repair individual engine component systems.
- Demonstrate effective reading, writing, speaking, listening, and time management skills.
- Demonstrate mathematical skills.
- Operate basic computer programs.
- Construct a resume.
|First Year, First Semester||Credits|
|Shop Orientation & Safety||1|
|Suspension & Steering I||3|
|Wheel Alignment Diagnosis & Repair||4|
|Computer Fundamentals or Natural & Applied Science Elective||3|
|Technical Writing or Communications Elective||3|
|Total Semester Credits||21|
|First Year, Second Semester||Credits|
|Batteries Starting/Charging Systems||3|
|Engine Performance I||3|
|Engine Performance II||3|
|Advanced Engine Performance*||3|
|Total Semester Credits||16|
|Second Year, First Semester||Credits|
|Manual Transmission, Clutches, and Transaxle Transfer Case Service I||3|
|Automatic Transmissions and Transaxle Service I||3|
|Automatic Transmission Service II||4|
|Advanced Automatic Transmission Repair & Improvement*||3|
|Technical Math or Math Elective||3|
|Human Relations in Life & Work or Elective||3|
|Ethics or Elective||3|
|Total Semester Credits||22|
|Fundamentals of Math (if required)||3|
|Second Year, Second Semester||Credits|
|Driveline Service and Rear Axle Diagnosis & Repair||3|
|AC & Heating Ventilation Systems||3|
|Engine Diagnosis Skills & Replacement||3|
|Cylinder Head & Valve Train Diagnosis & Repair||2|
|Engine Block Assembly Diagnosis & Repair||3|
|Lube/Cooling System Diagnosis & Repair||2|
|Hybrid and Electric Vehicles*||3|
|Total Semester Credits||19|
|Total Program Credits||67|
|Total Program Credits (including Advanced Coursework*)||78|
Automotive Technology Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1523
· BS Vocational Technical Education Pittsburg State University · AAS Northwest Kansas Technical College · ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician · ACDC Hybrid Car Certified · Hunter Wheel Alignment Certification
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Since 2010, the Northwest Tech Automotive Technology program has placed an average of 80% of its graduates directly out of school.
Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Computer Graphics program.
- A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted
- $25 Application Fee Paid
- High School or GED Transcript Submitted
- (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted
- ACT or Compass Scores Submitted (Compass Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)
Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)
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