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Automotive Technology

Program Overview

The automotive field has transformed into a high tech career in the last ten years. This has created a necessity for skilled technicians that can understand the vast array of computerized electronics and multiplexing systems involved on newer vehicles.  The Automotive Service Technology program at Cowley College provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to accurately diagnose, repair and service vehicles in today’s rapidly advancing automotive industry.

According to the latest release of the National Occupational Outlook Handbook, automotive service technicians that receive formal training have a great opportunity for employment in the area of Automotive Service.

Individuals completing the certificate program are offered opportunities for employment in the following areas: Master Automotive Technician, Manufacturer Warranty Representative, Automotive Parts Specialist, Business Owner, Insurance Claims Investigator, Automotive Engineer, and many other areas in the automotive field.  Students choosing to complete the AAS degree can expect greater opportunities for advancement into a management position.

Program Description

Cowley’s automotive program includes: classroom instruction and hands-on laboratories. Specific subjects include electrical and electronic systems, suspension and steering, engine performance, manual transmissions and transaxles, heating and air conditioning, engine repair, automatic transmissions, and brakes.  Students have the opportunity to work on high tech automobiles using the latest diagnostic tools and equipment.

The Automotive Service Technology program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) for both secondary and post-secondary students and is an educational member with the Automotive Service Association (ASA).

Students at Cowley are provided the opportunity of obtaining a technical certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree. Upon receipt of an AAS degree, individuals may choose to further their education at many four-year schools that have articulation agreements.

Class Schedule

In addition to the eight previously mentioned areas, two related courses are also required for all students; these include Applied Economics and Technical Mathematics. For AAS degree-seeking students, only 15 specified general education courses are needed to successfully complete their degree in Automotive Technology.

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The mission of the Automotive Service Technology Program at Cowley College is to provide the quality education necessary for the technologically advanced skills and knowledge required for an entry-level position in the automotive field.


The vision of the Automotive Service Technology Program is to continue to be the premier provider of automotive training in the South Central region of Kansas by supporting business and industry partners with quality-trained professionals in the automotive field, as well as the opportunity for program completers to advance to a four-year college.