Automotive Technology

If you love cars and enjoy solving problems, a career as an auto mechanic may be for you. Today’s automotive technicians work on integrated electronic systems and complex computers that regulate modern vehicles. The Automotive Technology program enables you to troubleshoot, perform preventative maintenance, service and repair automobiles.

Go to the KCTCS catalog for details on the GOTS program.

Career Opportunities

Pursue a career as an automotive technician, mechanic, air conditioning mechanic, automotive electrician, transmission specialist, brake repairer, engine repairer, front-end or tune-up mechanic. Work in dealerships or repair shops or start your own business.

Wage/Salary Information

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Program Home Campus

Covington; general education classes may be offered at other campuses

Entry time

Fall or spring terms


Certificates and diploma. An associate in applied science degree is available through the General Occupational and Technical Studies program. Go to the KCTCS Catalog for details on the GOTS program.

Program Length

(After any developmental needs are met and if enrolled in 12 to 15 credit hours per semester)


  • Certificate: Varies from one to two semesters by certificate
  • Diploma: Two years
  • Associate degree: Two years

Advising Sheet (PDF)




  • Automotive Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Manual Transmission/Drive Train Technician
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Technician
  • Brake Repairer
  • Engine Repairer
  • Front End Mechanic
  • Tune-up Mechanic