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Automotive Technology


About the Program

The Automotive Technology program offers courses leading to two Associate in Applied Science degrees: Under Hood Technician and Under the Car Technician. These programs will provide students with a solid foundation and a variety of skills to enter the automotive industry, or to pursue further undergraduate study.

The program also offers three certificate programs have been designed to give students an opportunity to specialize and concentrate their efforts in related areas of automotive repair.

Transfer Option

Credits from CLC's Automotive Program transfer toward a bachelor's degree under two agreements with other  institutions:

  • Southern Illinois University
  • Ferris State (Michigan)


Careers in Automotive Technology

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to 2022, about the average growth rate for all occupations. Typical job titles include mechanic, service technician, repair service estimator and shop supervisor. Average annual salaries in the Chicago metropolitan area range from $19,100 to $66,500.


Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degrees

  • Under Hood Technician A.A.S.


  • Under Hood Technician
  • Automotive Air Conditioning and Heating Specialist
  • Automotive Brakes and Suspension Specialist
  • Automotive Electrical Specialist
  • Automotive Fuel Systems Specialist
  • Automotive Oil Change Specialist
  • Automotive Service Specialist
  • Automotive Transmission Specialist
Learn more about the program options.

Why Choose CLC?

Why Choose CLC?

The program is certified in all eight areas by ASE's National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF). This is the highest level of certification that ASE awards.


Automotive Technology Program

This 90-second video highlights CLC's Automotive Technology lab, with comments by department chair, Dr. Lance David. Watch students in action, working on cars and engines and learn about the degrees and certificates we offer in this hands-on, high-tech career.

Read the video transcript.