Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology program is a NATEF certified two-year program that trains you to work on a variety of vehicle makes and models. Automotive Technology combines classroom learning with hands-on experience. The shop is equipped with the latest electronic test equipment to help you diagnose automotive problems. Once you’ve identified the problem, you’ll actually work on the vehicle to make the right adjustments. After completing the program, you can immediately enter the workforce or continue your education by transferring to a four-year college or university.

Students entering the program should  have mechanical aptitude and be interested in mechanical work. Students must provide their own tools for use throughout the course of study.

To be considered for the Automotive Technology program a student must apply to the college, successfully complete the Placement Test, and meet with an Automotive Technology advisor.

Career Opportunities

The Automotive Technology program will prepare you to work as a technician in these areas:

  • New Car and Truck
  • General Automotive Repair
  • Automotive Machine Repair
  • Automotive Performance
  • Service Managers
  • Federal, State, or Local Government Vehicle Repair
  • Automotive Mass Merchandising
  • Leading Automotive Companies

Business Partnerships

Automotive Technology requires an 8-week paid internship for students seeking the degree. This internship is the last eight weeks of their sophomore year. Area businesses see this as an excellent opportunity to try a student on for size without the commitment of permanent employment. However, we have found that many employers offer the student a permanent position at the end of their 8-week internship (but this is NOT guaranteed).

If you are an area business person or know of one that would be interested in participating in our internships, please contact us at 309-694-8522.

Many local businesses also donate equipment they no longer need to ICC to help with the development and training of future automotive technicians.

Advisors and Faculty

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Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 67

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
COMMUNICATION * 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE  3

or
MATHEMATICS *
or
3
AGBUS 118 AGRICULTURAL COMPUTATIONS  3
AUTO 115 FUEL AND IGNITIONS SYSTEMS FOR GASOLINE ENGINES  4
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
AUTO 110 INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES  3
AUTO 111 INTRODUCTION TO AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY  3
AUTO 114 MOTOR VEHICLE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS  3
AUTO 116 ELECTRICAL ACCESSORY CIRCUITS  3
AUTO 117 MANUAL TRANSMISSION AND DRIVE AXLES  3
AUTO 119 AUTOMOTIVE SUSPENSION, STEERING AND ALIGNMENT  3
AUTO 129 AUTOMOTIVE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS  3
AUTO 201 ENGINE MACHINING AND REBUILDING  4
AUTO 204 AUTOMOTIVE BRAKE SYSTEMS  3
AUTO 213 ENGINE PERFORMANCE AND TESTING  3
AUTO 218 MOTOR VEHICLE ELECTRONICS  3
AUTO 234 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS  3
AUTO 243 SHOP PRACTICES  4
AUTO 244 EMISSIONS AND DRIVEABILITY  3
AUTO 250 AUTOMOTIVE INTERNSHIP  4

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science degree.

Students participate in an eight week internship during their sophomore year.  Students are encouraged to take the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams, an evaluation program that qualifies the student as a technician in other states as well.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1AUTO 110; AUTO 111; AUTO 119; AUTO 114; ENGL 110
Spring Semester 1AUTO 115; AUTO 116; AUTO 117; MATHEMATICS or AGBUS 118; SOCIAL SCIENCE
Summer SemesterAUTO 129; AUTO 244
Fall Semester 2AUTO 234; AUTO 201; AUTO 204; HUMANITIES; COMMUNICATION
Spring Semester 2 AUTO 243; AUTO 213; AUTO 218; AUTO 250

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department
AIT Building
Room 118
(309) 694-8522 or (309) 694-5616

Illinois Career Cluster

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Career Pathway:
Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

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