Automotive Technology

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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.

  • 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.

Jim Kennedy
Automotive Technology Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1523
Email: jim.kennedy@nwktc.edu

Dwight Williams
Automotive Technology Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1522
Email: dwight.williams@nwktc.edu

Listed cost information includes tuition, additional fees, books & supplies, iPads, and clothing & tools if necessary. For a comprehensive breakdown of each program’s cost information download Northwest Tech’s Estimated Program Costs worksheet.

Download a copy of the Automotive Technology Tool List.

Since 2010, the Northwest Tech Automotive Technology program has placed an average of 80% of its graduates directly out of school.

Program Length

Two Years
August-May

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

Projected Salary

$40,720 per year

  • Darren Branhart
  • Frank Linden
  • Rob Smith
  • Joe Fangman
  • Laney Schreivogel
  • Dave Brown
  • Dan Brenner
  • Levi Wassimiller
  • Mike Facchinello
  • Bob Kirby
  • Rick Spearman
  • Roger Brenner
  • Brian Bauman
  • Jarod Smades

Admissions Checklist

Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Automotive Technology 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 AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer 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 admission@nwktc.edu.