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Automotive Repair Technology

– Offered at Iowa Valley Grinnell

Today’s technical advances in automobile design, safety, performance, and comfort levels require the expertise of a trained Last Dollar Scholarshipand skilled Automotive Technician. Men and women with high levels for attention to detail and application of technical knowledge will find work in diagnosis and repairs. Technicians must possess knowledge of mathematic formulas, simple physics, chemistry, and the ability to communicate (both in writing and verbally). In addition to basic mechanical skills, automotive technicians must have up-to-date computer technology skills and teamwork, problem-solving, decision-making, and time management skills.

Iowa Valley Grinnell’s Automotive Repair Technology Programs

IVG’s Automotive Repair Technology programs provide a solid, hands-on foundation to prepare for a job as an entry-level Automotive Service Technician. The one-year Diploma program prepares graduates to work in a variety of small repair shops in Iowa, where positions may include Light Mechanical Repair Technician, Parts Technician, or Business Owner. The two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree program prepares graduates to become certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence as ASE Automotive Maintenance Technicians, qualified to work at auto dealerships. Training for the ASE certificate will provide the strong basis for the technician to be able to qualify for specialized certifications provided through hiring dealerships.

IVG’s Auto Repair Tech classes are in a state-of-the-art classroom on the Grinnell campus, which includes both classroom space and a controlled lab environment. Most of the hands-on work with automobiles takes place at the main lab on the east side of Grinnell, just a few miles from campus.

IVG’s Automotive Repair Technology programs:

  1. A one-year Diploma program for those seeking an entry-level position at a smaller repair shop.
  2. A two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for those who want to work at an auto dealership after graduation, and would like to achieve ASE certification.

The links under Degrees Awarded (below) specify our different program course requirements.

Required Tools

Students in the Automotive Repair Technology programs are required to purchase and use their own tools: Required Tool List

Automotive Technology Careers & Job Outlook

The median annual wage for Automotive Technicians was $42,090 in 2019, and actual wages ranged from $24,400 to $68,880. In Iowa, annual salaries from the mid-$30,000’s to the lower $50,000’s. In Central Iowa, including Poweshiek County, Auto Technicians recruited by dealerships frequently come to the area to get some experience on their resumes, then move on to larger communities. The area dealerships are in need of a workforce that they can count on and in whom they will invest for further certification training. Those with ASE certification are more likely to be sent by dealerships for additional certification with Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, or other manufacturers.

Follow this link to find additional up-to-date information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook website:

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