Automotive Technology

Experienced technicians will tell you the best education is one that gives you a wealth of experience. That is what makes our program so unique.

Program Overview

If the sound of an engine makes your heart race, College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Automotive Technician program is calling you. Technicians will tell you that the best education is one that gives you a wealth of experience. That is what makes our program so unique. In the first year, you will learn all auto systems, including brakes, fuel injection, electronic controls, automatic transmissions, scanning equipment, and onboard diagnostics, as well as the latest computer systems. Your second year is all about experience. You will learn on the job in several local dealerships and shops, using the latest equipment and working with experienced personnel as mentors.

What will you learn to do?

  • Brakes
  • Fuel injection
  • Electronic controls
  • Automatic transmissions
  • Scanning equipment
  • Onboard diagnostics
  • Latest computer systems

What kind of degree(s) can you earn?

* PTC - Automotive Technology: Maintenance & Light Repair:

The Postsecondary Technical Certificate in Maintenance and Light Repair, offered in partnership with Ford Motor Company, offers a quick, low-intensity opportunity for students to enter the field of automotive service. Students will acquire the necessary skills to perform regular maintenance, minor or light repairs, and parts installation on automobiles and light trucks.

What else should you know?

A Mandatory Orientation is required. You may not register for the course without attending orientation. It is required that you attend the orientation for the semester in which you would like to attend the program. If you are unable to register for the semester in which you attended the orientation, you must attend orientation again for the new semester in which you like to attend.

Orientation:  Orientation Sign Up

Students must attend a mandatory orientation session prior to registering for classes.

Orientations are located in the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education in room 1701. Please allow yourself plenty of time to park, be acquainted with the building, sign in, and fill out all appropriate paperwork before the scheduled orientation begins. Additionally, make sure that you have Automotive Technology listed as your major.

Requirements

Degree Plan

* PTC - Automotive Technology: Maintenance & Light Repair:

The Postsecondary Technical Certificate in Maintenance and Light Repair, offered in partnership with Ford Motor Company, offers a quick, low-intensity opportunity for students to enter the field of automotive service. Students will acquire the necessary skills to perform regular maintenance, minor or light repairs, and parts installation on automobiles and light trucks.

Orientation: Orientation Sign Up

A Mandatory Orientation is required. You may not register for the course without attending orientation. It is required that you attend the orientation for the semester in which you would like to attend the program. If you are unable to register for the semester in which you attended the orientation, you must attend orientation again for the new semester in which you like to attend. View schedule below for upcoming sessions.

Orientations are located in the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education in room 1701. Please allow yourself plenty of time to park, be acquainted with the building, sign in, and fill out all appropriate paperwork before the scheduled orientation begins. Additionally, make sure that you have Automotive Technology listed as your major.

Instructor Info

Program Chair:
Eric Anderson
208.562.2338
ericanderson@cwidaho.cc

Instructors

Wade Hubsmith
wadehubsmith@cwidaho.cc

Scott Law
scottlaw@cwidaho.cc

Gary Weaver
garyweaver@cwidaho.cc

 

Career Info

What kind of career can you expect?

The automotive industry has under-gone massive changes in recent years. Computers now control most automotive systems and the aspiring technician is taught to effectively identify, test, and repair these high-tech systems. The influx of technology is what makes an automotive career today more interesting, challenging, and rewarding than ever.

What skills, traits, or prep classes would be helpful?

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Computer skills
  • Good reading, writing, & math skills
  • Willingness to work in a dirty, greasy, and potentially hazardous environment
  • Ability to lift heavy objects
  • Ability to evaluate and make decisions
  • Ability to work accurately

Need more info?

Assistant Professor
  • Department Senator
Phone: 208.562.2338