Automotive Technology is a hands-on program. If you are mechanically inclined and enjoy fixing and maintaining vehicles and learning how they work, then you should consider this hands-on program. Participate in the Early College option and earn the Ivy Tech Certificate in Maintenance and Light Repair while at WCC.

Early College Option

Automotive Technology is an Early College program. Earn the Ivy Tech Certificate in Maintenance and Light Repair by completing all dual credits offered over two years. Students who complete the Certificate are eligible to participate in Ivy Tech Richmond’s graduation ceremony. Take additional dual credit classes at your high school to work toward the next steps of a Technical Certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology. These classes include:

  • Dual Credit Speech
  • Dual Credit Math
  • Dual Credit English
  • Dual Credit Physical Science

You Will Learn:

  • Vehicle maintenance and light repair
  • Multiple mechanical systems
  • Electrical systems and engine performance
  • Customer problem solving

Curriculum Note

The Early College Option is not required to participate in the Automotive Technology career program.

A Typical Student

The typical student is one that enjoys hands-on learning. Successful students have the patience and attention to detail to solve problems using the skills they have learned. They can work on projects independently or with other students. They take initiative, check their work as needed, and stay on task without constant supervision. Safety is a primary focus, and students must follow the guidelines to keep themselves and others safe.

Get Yourself Ready

To be prepared, be on track for graduation and develop a good work ethic. The following pathway courses will help prepare students for the Automotive Technology career program, further education and training, and a career in the automotive industry:

  • Preparing for College and Careers
  • Introduction to Transportation
  • Other technology classes


Automotive Technology Program Elements January 2023