If the sound of an engine makes your heart race, CWI’s 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.


The Automotive program has teamed up with NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation) and the Ford Motor Company. In the first year of the program, a student may become a Ford Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) Certified Technician. In the first year, students will learn about maintenance and light repair, electrical/electronic systems, engine repair, manual drive train and axles, brakes, suspension and steering, and the tools and techniques to diagnose and repair the modern vehicle. The second year covers engine performance, automatic transmissions/transaxles, heating and air conditioning, the use of scan tools, lab scopes, and other state- of-the-art diagnostic tools.
Finally, the Internship is where students may have the opportunity to work in an industry repair shop—making their dream a reality.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Maintenance and Light Repair
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Engine Repair
  • Manual Drivetrain and Axles
  • Brakes
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Engine Performance
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • Heating and Air Conditioning


Auto Brigade is here to aid students in gaining knowledge and improving their employability in the auto repair industry. Whether it's traveling to different events or just talking inside the club, helping the students is our main goal.

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Gainful Employment

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Respectful Community

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Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Automotive Technology, Associate of Applied Science



Delivery Formats:

Automotive Technology, Advanced Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Automotive Technology, Intermediate Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Automotive Technology 1, Basic Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Automotive Technology 2, Basic Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Maintenance and Light Repair, Basic Technical Certificate



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Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Computer Literacy Skills
  • Good reading, writing, and 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


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

The automotive industry has undergone 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.


Nampa Campus Micron Center for Professional Technical Education

5725 E. Franklin Road, Nampa, ID 83687