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Automotive Technology


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

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at cwidaho.cc/ge

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology



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Advanced Technical Certificate in Automotive Technology



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Intermediate Technical Certificate in Automotive Technology



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Basic Technical Certificate in Automotive Technology 1



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Basic Technical Certificate in Automotive Technology 2



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Basic Technical Certificate in Maintenance and Light Repair



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Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Registration Open April 11 April 11 November 14
Financial Aid Priority Date May 16 July 11 December 5
Admission Deadline May 20 August 5 December 30
Last Day to Register June 3 August 19 January 13
Tuition and Fees Due June 3 August 19 January 13
Classes Begin June 6* August 22* January 17*
*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