Automotive Technology

Wrenches and laptops—tools of your trade

Gas, electric, hybrid, parking assist, lane drift warnings, adaptive cruise control—engines, suspension and electronics are intertwined in today’s cars. So, today’s mechanics change the oil, install brakes and manage all the sensors, wiring and cameras, too.

Learn the high-tech and the traditional in CLC’s Automotive Technology program. Establish basic skills then specialize for the career you choose in a repair shop or a car dealer’s service department.

Why study Automotive Technology with us?

CLC’s program is Master Certified (MAST) by the ASE Education Foundation. Depending on your preferences, you can advance in the field in several ways, becoming a master technician, service department supervisor or even the owner of your own shop.

You gain hands-on skills working with the eight defined systems:

  • engine Repair
  • automatic transmission/transaxle
  • manual drive train and axles
  • suspension and steering
  • braking systems
  • electrical electronic systems
  • heating and air conditioning
  • engine performance

Your credits transfer toward a bachelor's degree under pre-arranged agreements with either Southern Illinois University or Ferris State University (in Michigan). Work with your Academic Success Advisor to plan your transfer to a 4-year institution.

See what students love about the automotive technology program at CLC. Picture yourself here:


  • Recognized Automotive Service Excellence

    This program is Master Certified (MAST) by the ASE Education Foundation.
  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Career Degree

    Earn an associate degree in 2 years and gain in-demand technical and job-ready skills.

Career Degrees & Certificates

For students who want to start or shift to a new career or advance in their current career.

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at CLC in 2 years*. Gain job-ready skills from experienced instructors and earn work-based experience from apprenticeships and internships. Some of the courses you’ll take earn college credit, which can transfer to a 4-year college or university toward a bachelor’s degree.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

For students who want to earn job skills for entry level occupations, or level up in their career.

Certificates are designed to be completed in less than 2 years. Many certificate programs contain Career Degree core courses so you can continue with additional study or stack certificates to earn an A.A.S. degree.

Need help?

Your College & Career Navigator (CCN) is your "go-to person" ready to help you get started at CLC.

Your CCN guides you through the admission process, helps you choose your academic program, enroll in classes and connect you with resources.

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Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate

Career Certificate

*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

Courses in the program

Build your foundation with core automotive technology courses. Then, mix in some electives that match your interests and goals.

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Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.

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