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Get the Skills to Be a Professional Automotive Technician

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Train to be an Automotive Technician the right way – hands-on and with lots of direct interaction with industry-experienced instructors

15 to 19.5 Month* Hands-On Automotive Technician Training Programs

Can you believe more computer technology exists in today’s cars than in the first Apollo spacecraft? That’s why you need hands-on training to work on today’s modern and sophisticated automobiles in a real-world automotive repair facility.

At IntelliTec College, our certified and experienced instructors have a real passion for the automotive industry and strive to prepare you to become a qualified automotive technician. You’ll learn to analyze, troubleshoot and repair vehicles, skills that are needed by specialty and master technicians.

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What Does an Automotive Technician Do?

Automotive Technicians perform maintenance (oil changes, fluid level checks, tire rotations, etc.) and repairs (brake pads, wheel bearings, sensors, etc.) on a variety of vehicle types, identify problems using diagnostic tools, test system and parts functionality, and provide solid customer service when explaining automotive issues and repairs.

Automotive Technician Job Opportunities

  • Transmission Technician & Rebuilder
  • Drivability Technician
  • Automotive HVAC Technician
  • Parts Professional or Sales
  • Front-end Technician
  • General Service Technician
  • Brake Technician
  • and more!
The Career Services is awesome. Joe Zeman helped me revamp my resume to match the needs of the Colorado area and landed me a great career at Carmax.
Matthew S DeGraff, IntelliTec Automotive Technician Program Graduate

Is a Career as an Automotive Technician Right for You? Take the IntelliTec 'Automotive Technician Career Training Readiness Quiz'

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Salary Potential for Automotive Technicians

IntelliTec College provides career-training programs for entry-level positions. Salaries vary depending on geographic location, economic conditions, and willingness to relocate. Salaries by occupation and specific location can be found here. National figures for labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy are available here. You can also visit the campus career services department to learn where IntelliTec College graduates work and the beginning salaries in their respective careers.

How Is the Job Outlook for the Next 10 Years?

According to the US Department of Labor, job opportunities for qualified applicants with the right skills and education should be very good and those who complete formal postsecondary training programs or achieve ASE certification should enjoy the best job prospects.

When Do Automotive Technicians Usually Work?

The majority of automotive technicians are employed on a full-time basis. Some automotive service centers are open late or on weekends so technicians may have to work some evenings and weekends.

Get All the Important Details

Graduates will have the knowledge and skill to function effectively in an entry-level employment position within the automotive service and/or repair industries. Through the utilization of lectures/presentations, hands-on training, and real world automobiles in a simulated automotive repair facility environment, successful graduates will have demonstrated competency in working with brakes, suspension systems, manual and automatic transmissions, engine performance, starting and charging systems, climate control systems, emissions, and running and interpreting diagnostic and troubleshooting routines. Personal and shop safety practices will be emphasized and practiced throughout this training experience. Upon successful completion, the graduate will be prepared to sit for various ASE and Snap-on certifications.

Associate of Occupational Studies Degree

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Program length: 19.5 Months*

Automotive Technician Certificate

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Program length: 15 Months*

The Automotive Technician program is designed to give you the confidence and skills you need to succeed in your new career.

During your classes, you will:

  • Get hands-on automotive training using Snap-on tools and diagnostics
  • Design and assemble high performance engines at our Colorado Springs campus
  • Learn light diesel engine repair at our Albuquerque, Grand Junction, and Pueblo campuses
  • Receive personalized instruction from ASE and Snap-on certified instructors. (Not all instructors are ASE and/or Snap-on certified)
  • Prepare to sit for automotive certifications

Automotive Technician Program Gainful Employment Disclosures: Albuquerque | Colorado Springs | Grand JunctionPueblo 

Here’s what will you learn in the Associate of Occupational Studies Degree program:

Introduction to Automotive Industry

AUTB-101 Introduction to Automotive Industry

This course is designed to orient students to the automotive industry and repair environment. Students
should apply the topics of this course to identify automotive systems; recognize diagnostic, repair, and
maintenance tools and equipment; describe the diagnostic process; properly document a basic repair order; and demonstrate the navigation of a repair database. Student demonstration of shop and tool safety procedures, fluid and materials safety is a must.

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): CCR-100

Automotive Electrical Fundamentals

AUTB-102 Automotive Electrical Fundamentals

This course is designed to cover the fundamentals of automotive electronics and build a foundation for students’ future courses and work. Topics include basic electrical principles and laws, electrical circuits and wiring diagrams, theories of magnetism, general automotive electrical systems, batteries, starting systems and motors, charging systems, and electronics and computer systems. The course covers problems that can occur in automotive electrical and electronic systems, as well as the testing tools and techniques used in diagnosing such problems. Students will gain hands-on experience in inspecting, measuring, servicing, and identifying problems with electrical and electronic systems of automobiles.

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): CCR-100

Engine Fundamentals, Diagnosis, & Repair

AUTB-103 Engine Fundamentals, Diagnosis, & Repair

After successful completion of this course, students should be able to explain the inner working of the four-stroke engine, including diagnostic and maintenance / repair procedures. Safety, cleaning, measurements, and proper diagnostic procedures will be emphasized. Students become familiar with engine subsystems, components, fluids, and timing belt systems.

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): CCR-100

Manual/Automatic Transmissions & Drivetrain

AUTB-104 Manual/Automatic Transmissions & Drivetrain

In this course, students develop the skills necessary to properly identify and interpret drivetrain concerns. Students gain knowledge in clutches, operation of the transmission/transaxle, driveshaft, half shaft, CV joint, ring and pinion, differential case assembly, limited-slip differential, and four-wheel/all-wheel drive systems. This course is designed to cover the fundamentals and build a foundation for the student to draw from. Upon completion, the student should be able to explain diagnosis and service procedures for automatic transmissions and transaxles. The student should also be able to identify common out-of-car service and diagnostic procedures, including removal and replacement of the transmission/transaxle assembly.

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): CCR-100, AUTB-101, AUTB-102, AUTB-103

Power Accessories & A/C

AUTB-105 Power Accessories & A/C

This course introduces the student to basic and computerized automobile accessory systems, including the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Students become familiar with system operation, and basic computer diagnostics. Building upon the electrical and electronic instruction in previous courses, students expand their learning to electrical accessory circuits on the automobile. This course covers the fundamentals of servicing heating and A/C, restraint, and electrical accessories systems.

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): CCR-100, AUTB-101, AUTB-102, AUTB-103

Brakes, Steering & Suspension

AUTB-106: Brakes, Steering & Suspension

After successful completion of this course, students should be able to explain how to service and repair brake system concerns and suspension/steering concerns. Students will become familiar with hydraulic system service, disc and drum brake service, antilock brake systems diagnosis and repair, steering and suspension systems, power assist steering, wheels/tires, shock absorbers, four-wheel alignments, and traction control systems.

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): CCR-100, AUTB-101, AUTB-102, AUTB-103

Engine Performance & Computer Control

AUTB-107 Engine Performance & Computer Control

This course provides an introduction to onboard computerized engine control systems used on vehicles. Students should gain a working knowledge of ignition systems, fuel systems, intake and exhaust systems, and emission control systems. In addition, diagnostic scopes and scanners are covered in depth. Engine performance characteristics and evaluation for hybrid and electrical vehicle types are also addressed.

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): CCR-100, AUTB-101, AUTB-102, AUTB-103

Light Vehicle Diesel Engines

AUTB-108 Light Vehicle Diesel Engines

After successful completion of this course, students should have an understanding of diesel engine function and operation. Students will become familiar with the diesel engine, subsystems, components, fluids, fuel delivery systems, and servicing and maintenance. Upon completion of this course, students should have an understanding of diesel electronic control systems. Knowledge needed to diagnose, test, and service common diesel electronic fuel injection systems, engine electronic systems, and diesel charging and starting systems are covered.

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): CCR-100, AUTB-101, AUTB-102, AUTB-103

Automotive Capstone

AUTB-109 Automotive Capstone

This course is designed to provide students review and preparation covering all aspects of the automotive program. Repair order preparation, technician documentation and scheduling will be incorporated along with a review of all automotive systems to prepare students for real world service applications.

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): CCR-100, AUTB-101, AUTB-102, AUTB-103, AUTB-104, AUTB-105, AUTB-106, AUTB-107, AUTB-108

Advanced Career Development

ACD-150 Advanced Career Development

During this course students will learn and develop their skills in various aspects that will contribute to career success. They will learn how to empower themselves for their career through preparation and proper goal setting. Students will learn how to properly develop an effective resume and cover letter, how to appropriately prepare for the interview process, what to expect during an interview, and how to follow-up once the interview is completed. They will specifically focus on developing understanding of the hiring process, the role of social media and networking play, how to search for jobs, what their worth is and what the job market is like. Students will also have the opportunity to perform a mock interview, focusing on how to answer common questions, as well as gain,  develop their professionalism as it relates to the interview process and ultimately their career.

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): None

College and Career Readiness

CCR-100 College and Career Readiness

This course is designed to prepare students for Career Training Success. It will introduce skills to prepare students for personal growth and success in their career. Emphasis will be placed on aiding students in the development of a variety of soft skills necessary for success in their career field and classroom interactions to include Stress Management, Effective Study Skills, Time Management, Leadership Development, Team Building, Financial Literacy, Effective Communication Skills, Diversity and Conflict Resolution, Career Readiness and Overcoming Road Blocks to Success. Students will also participate in activities to help develop the necessary skills to cope with and manage common obstacles that may arise in the workplace. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be ready to begin their educational journey in their chosen program feeling confident and prepared to engage in the classroom and lab setting.

Credit Hours: 8.0
Prerequisite(s): None

Here’s what will you learn in the Automotive Technician Certificate program:

Automotive Service Practices & A/C Fundamentals

AUT-140 Automotive Service Practices & A/C Fundamentals

This course is designed to orient students to the automotive industry and repair environment. Students should apply the topics of this course to identify automotive systems, describe the diagnostic process, properly document a basic repair order, and demonstrate the navigation of a repair database. Student demonstration of shop and tool safety procedures, fluid and materials safety, as well as automotive Heating and A/C fundamentals. Students diagnose and service heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems.

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): None

Automotive Electronics Fundamentals

AUT-141 Automotive Electronics

This course is designed to cover the fundamentals of the automotive electrical system and build a foundation for the student to draw from. Topics include basic electrical principles, electrical circuits and wiring diagrams, theories of magnetism, capacitance, induction, solid state electronics and semiconductors. Students also demonstrate the application of hands-on skills and diagnose the vehicle’s battery, starting, charging systems, and automotive lighting systems.

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): None

Engine Design Fundamentals

AUT-142 Engine Design Fundamentals

After successful completion of this course, students should have a fundamental understanding of the inner working of the four stroke engine, tear down and reassembly procedures. Safety, cleaning, measurements, and proper procedures will be emphasized. Students apply knowledge in a lab setting using engines, engine sub-systems, components, fluids, and timing belt systems to demonstrate proper diagnostic and maintenance procedures.

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): AUT-140, AUT-141

Transmission, Transaxles & Drivetrains

AUT-143 Transmission, Transaxles & Drivetrains

After successful completion of this course, students should have developed the skills necessary to properly identify and interpret drive train concerns, diagnose and repair clutch systems, diagnose and service automatic and standard transmission / transaxles, drive shaft, half shaft, CV joint, ring and pinion, differential case assembly, limited slip differential and four-wheel / all-wheel-drive systems.

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): AUT-140, AUT-141

Brakes, Steering & Suspension Fundamentals

AUT-144 Brakes, Steering & Suspension Fundamentals

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to identify, diagnose, repair, and service brake system concerns and suspension / steering concerns. Topics covered include hydraulic systems, drum brakes, disc brakes, power assist units, antilock brake systems, general suspension and steering systems, power assist steering, front suspension, rear suspension, wheels / tires, shock absorbers, alignment and traction control systems.

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): AUT 140, AUT-141

Engine Performance & Hybrid

AUT-145 Engine Performance & Hybrid

This course provides a fundamental knowledge of on-board computerized engine control systems used on vehicles. Through classroom and practical lab training, students should be able to diagnose and service common input and output devices, ignition systems, fuel systems and emission systems. In addition, students should be able to demonstrate proper scanner usage to aid them in this diagnostic procedure. Hybrid vehicle systems and safety procedures will actively be practiced in a lab environment.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): AUT-140, AUT-141

Automotive Industry Preparation

AUT-146 Automotive Industry Preparation

This course provides the tools needed to succeed in the automotive field by offering the opportunity to set for MACS 609 A/C certification ASE A1, and A5 Tests, ASE practice tests, resume and interview skills building classes. Student will also be immersed in hands-on skills review and application covering all area previously covered along with automotive power accessories and air bag systems training.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): AUT-140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145

College and Career Readiness

CCR-100 College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness is the first six-week course designed to prepare students for Career Training Success. Classes meet 20 hours per week, Monday through Thursday. Class times available are either 9:00am – 2:00pm for day time students and 5:00pm – 10:00pm for night time students.

Credit Hours: 8
Prerequisite(s): None

Advanced Career Development

ACD-150 Advanced Career Development

Advanced Career Development is offered toward the end of your program and is designed to prepare students for Career Success. Classes meet for a total of 15 hours during the scheduled term.

Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite(s): None

Automotive Industry Certifications

Students may have the opportunity to sit for the following certifications:

  • ASE Student Certifications
  • ASE Certification A1, A5, A6 (2 years of hands-on experience required)
  • EPA Section 609 Refrigerant Recovery & Recycling Certifications
  • Various Snap-On Certifications (degree students only)

After Graduation Certifications

After successfully completing your training at IntelliTec College, you will be well on your way to being prepared to sit for these automotive certification exams:

  • ASE Certifications (Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle, Manual Drive Train & Axles, Suspension & Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Heating & Air Conditioning, Engine Performance, Light Vehicle Diesel Engines)
  • Snap-on S-Tech Certifications (S-Tech Shop Key Repair Database, S-Tech Hand Tool Safety, S-Tech Electrical Tool Safety, S-Tech 504/604 Multimeter, S-Tech Ethos, S-Tech Modis, S-Tech Vantage Pro, S-Tech Solus Pro, Snap-On Certification: S-Tech Verus, S-Tech Solus Ultra)

IntelliTec College & Electude Partnership

IntelliTec in partnership with Electude make sure our students have the most state-of-the-art e-learning technology. Using 3D gaming and simulation software developed by Electude, our students learn in-demand skills that can be applied to their careers immediately.

Is Hands-On Training for a Career as an Automotive Technician Right for You? Get More Info…

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A helpful IntelliTec College Admissions Representative will be happy to answer any questions you have and can help with everything from determining the right career path for you to discussing financial aid options.

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