Automotive Technician

The Automotive Technician program prepares students to perform factory recommended maintenance procedures and to diagnose and repair performance problems of engine, transmission, steering, suspension, heating, cooling, brake, and electrical systems in cars and trucks. The program provides knowledge and skill in the use of hand and machine tools, automotive parts, online service references, computerized equipment and other technical equipment required to maintain and service increasingly complex automotive vehicles. Automotive Technician students also prepare for the challenging field of performance diagnostics.

Emphasis is placed on problem-solving skills, including the use of diagnostic equipment such as lab oscilloscopes, scan tools and digital volt meters. Students are taught through practical shop and classroom experiences. The Blackhawk Technical College Automotive Technician program is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified two-year program designed to prepare the student for passing ASE exams as the requisite professional experience is obtained.

NOTE:  Before admission to the Automotive Technician program, applicants must first pass the S/P2 Safety and Pollution Test. Federal law requires safety training before students can enter the work area.  Training information: S/P2 safety and pollution training requirement    .  Contact the BTC Testing Center  (608) 757-7666 or email: amills@blackhawk.edu for testing details.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professionalism appropriate for the auto service industry
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive internal combustion engines
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive automatic transmission/transaxle systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive manual drive train and axles systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive steering and suspension systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive brake systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive electrical/electronic systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive heating and air conditioning systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive engine performance systems