O'Reily Autoparts 2012 School of the Year


Program Overview

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.

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Program Length

Two Years


Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

Projected Salary
$40,720 per year
Advisory Committee
  • Darren Branhart
    Conklin Cars Salina
  • Frank Linden
    L & L Engine Service
  • Rob Smith
    Smith Auto & Truck Part
  • Joe Fangman
    Conklin Cars
  • Laney Schreivogel
    Vince’s of Burlington
  • Dave Brown
    Dave’s Oil Service
  • Dan Brenner
    Dan Brenner Ford
  • Levi Wassimiller
    Finely Motor Company
  • Mike Facchinello
  • Bob Kirby
    Kirby Auto Repair
  • Rick Spearman
  • Roger Brenner
    Herl Chevrolet
  • Brian Bauman
    L & L Engine Service
  • Jarod Smades
    Goodland Machine