College of Technology

Automotive Technology

Program Description

An automobile technician must be able to use both mind and hands in order to be proficient in today's industry. There are over 100 different automotive related jobs and over 150,000 computer-trained mechanics will be needed to meet industry's demands in the next six years. Anyone who is adequately trained and possesses mechanical and technical skills and dexterity can qualify. Technicians do preventive maintenance and major repairs on all component parts such as engine overhaul, brake repair, front-end alignment, tune-up, automatic transmission repair, etc. Therefore, A good electrical background is helpful. Math and reading skills are necessary for proper diagnosis and repair. The specialized digital and computer test equipment used in the program provides students an excellent opportunity for employment advancement.

Individuals must have a desire to work independently, to reach for excellence, and perform the work within specified time limits. Troubleshooting charts require reading, math and problem-solving aptitudes. The ability to meet and communicate with strangers and to enjoy a variety of work experiences enhance your chances for success. Interests in engine design, reading about building cars, power trains and computers are helpful.

ASE Certified Program

Degree Options

  • Automotive Technology Technical Certificate (1.5 years)
  • Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (4+ years)

Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August and January
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Program admits 38 students each year
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified

Career Opportunities

  • Auto repair shops
  • Auto dealers
  • Auto supply stores
  • Exhaust and transmission specialty shops

Program Requirements

Students must possess a driver's license; it is necessary to test drive vehicles and move cars in and out of the shop. You should be able to drive both a manual and automatic shift vehicle, and be willing to purchase your own tools.

NOTE: Licensure, certification, and/or employment applications related to some degree programs require students to disclose any history of criminal prosecution which may include the student’s driving record. Students who have a criminal history are strongly encouraged to contact the licensing agency or meet with the coordinator of the program they are interested in, prior to beginning classes, to discuss potential impediments to licensure, certification, or employment.

Cost of Attendance

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule which includes mandatory student health insurance. Students with existing health insurance coverage may waive student health insurance. Waivers are available at

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.

Program Information Sheet (pdf)