Explore Visit Apply Donate

Automotive Technology

  •  Estimated Cost: $13,848

    Program Length: 1-4 semesters

    Locations: Lincoln / Milford

    Start Term(s): Fall / Spring

    Awards Offered: AAS / Cert / Diploma

    Program Description

    Skilled auto technicians are in demand and we want to prepare you for a rewarding career in the high-tech auto industry. Our Automotive Technology program provides intensive, hands-on training using state-of-the-art equipment in the areas of engine repair, automatic transmission and transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.

    Select Automotive Technology students participate on one of SCC's Engine Build Competition Teams. The teams race against the clock at various events throughout the year to see who can get the engine started first. Not only is the Engine Build Competition spectator-friendly, it promotes teamwork and camaraderie.

    You will be successful in our Automotive Technology program if you:

    • have high mechanical ability and basic math skills
    • have good communication skills (must be able to read, understand and follow written directions; must be able to read manuals and computer-generated instructions; and must be able to express oneself clearly verbally)
    • are computer proficient and detail-oriented
    • are a “mind-on” and a “hands-on” person
    • have the ability to work on a team
    • are creative and artistic
    • have high spatial relations ability (can visualize three dimensionally)
    • are a sequential and analytical thinker
    • can multi-task and stay on task until a job is completed

    You can start the Automotive Technology program in the Fall or Spring terms. Follow these steps to finish your application:

    1. Want to learn more about SCC? Come see how SCC will help you achieve Your Path to Possible! Schedule a campus visit!
    2. Need help exploring career opportunities or navigating the admissions process? Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.
    3. Ready to apply? Complete an Application for Admission.
    4. Submit ACT, SAT, Next Generation Accuplacer, or Accuplacer test scores (reading and math) or official college transcripts showing completion of post-secondary coursework in English and math to the Admissions Office at any SCC location.

    We prepare you for employment as high-quality entry-level technicians in the automotive repair field. Because many skilled technicians are expected to retire, now is a great time to start your career in the automotive technology industry. Duties in the field include researching service information using manuals or computer-based programs and using an extensive array of hand tools and diagnostic equipment. Recent SCC graduates report an average starting annual salary of $36,672. Career options in the automotive technology industry include:

    • Automotive Technician
    • Certified Technician
    • Customer Service Advisor
    • Lube/Oil/Tire/Maintenance Technician
    • Mechanic
    • Parts Distribution or Parts Sales
    • Service Advisor or Service Technician
    • Shop Assistant

    Natef-Accreditation-Logo-web All instructors are Automotive Service Excellence certified. Our program is 18 months long and is certified by the:

    ASE Education Foundation
    1503 Edwards Ferry Rd. NE, Suite 101
    Leesburg, VA 20176

    In addition, we work with manufacturers, local dealers and independent shops to assure that we are providing the most comprehensive, up-to-date education to you.


    Barry Smith - Program Director
    ASE Master Certified
    AAS, Southeast Community College
    20+ Years Experience
    800-642-4075, ext. 2643

    Tony Humlicek - Instructor
    ASE Master Certified
    AAS, Southeast Community College
    30+ Years Experience
    800-642-4075, ext. 2512

    Mark Jacobsen - Instructor
    ASE Master Certified L1
    AAS, Southeast Community College
    28+ Years Experience
    800-642-4075, ext. 2645

    Jace Morris - Instructor
    ASE Master Certified L1
    AAS, Southeast Community College
    13 Years Experience
    800-642-4075, ext. 2640


    Tony Schafers, Instructor
    ASE Master Certified
    AAS, Southeast Community College
    Ford Senior Master Technician
    Related Work Experience: 30 years
    800-933-7223, Ext. 8294

    Dustin Smith - Instructor
    ASE Master Certified
    AAS, Southeast Community College
    11 Years Experience
    800-933-7223, ext. 8347

    John Trapletti, Instructor
    ASE Master Certified L1
    AAS, Southeast Community College
    800-933-7223, Ext. 8362
    12 Years Experience

    Kevin Uhler - Instructor
    ASE Master Certified
    AAS, Southeast Community College
    BS, Bellevue University
    20+ Years Experience
    800-933-7223, ext. 8367

    This Suggested Course Sequence is meant to give you an idea of the courses you will need to take to graduate. Schedule an appointment with your advisor to create your personalized academic plan.

    Course #Course TitleSemester Credit Hours
    Semester 1
    AUTT1102Auto Shop Repairs/Basic Maintenance6
    AUTT1126Automotive Electrical I6
    GEN EDGELO#3 or #6 (BSAD1010 or PHYS1150)3
    WELD1190 or 1176O/A And Gmaw Welding1
     Semester Total16
    Semester 2
    AUTT1214Steering & Suspension & Brakes6
    AUTT1216Automotive Electrical II & HVAC6
    GEN EDGELO#3 or #6 (BSAD1010 or PHYS1150)4
     Semester Total16
    Semester 3
    AUTT2135Advanced Control Systems4
    AUTT2103Drive Trains3.5
    AUTT2112Automatic Transmission/Transaxle5.5
    GEN EDGELO #1 or #2 (SPCH1090 or ENGL1010)3
     Semester Total16
    Semester 4
    AUTT2201Engines Repair5.5
    AUTT2208Advanced Engine Performance5.5
    GEN ED 1GELO#1 or #2 (SPCH1090 or ENGL1010)3
    GEN ED 2GELO #4 or #5 Student Choice3
     Semester Total17
     Program Total65.0

    Student Success Rate

    Grads Employed in Nebraska

    Grads Working in Their Field of Study