Ivy Tech Community College

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Automotive Technology  

Students who enter the Automotive Technology program at Ivy Tech Community College are taught how to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair today’s high-tech vehicles. 

Students learn from ASE Master Certified instructors both in the classroom and in the laboratory as they gain practical hands-on experience learning about brakes, electrical systems, engine performance, transmissions, steering and suspension systems, air conditioning systems, and engine repair. Each student will learn how to properly use advanced diagnostic tools and equipment as well as technical manuals and hand tools.

Students who receive the Diesel Heavy Truck Technical Certificate as part of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program at Ivy Tech Community College will have the training and skills required to gain an entry-level position in the diesel heavy truck industry.

The Medium and Heavy Truck Technology Technical Certificate

The Medium and Heavy Truck Technology Technical Certificate program consists of the following classes:

First Semester

  • Basic Automotive Service 
  • Electrical Systems I 
  • Student Success in Technology 
  • Applied Technical Mathematics 
  • Diesel Preventative Maintenance

Second Semester

  • Electrical Systems II 
  • Climate Control Systems 
  • Steering and Suspension Systems 
  • Brakes 
  • HT Transmission/ Differential

Third Semester

  • Workplace Communication
  • Engine Repair

Students are required to complete every class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

Occupational Outlook

As the diesel industry continues to grow rapidly, job opportunities for qualified diesel mechanics is expected to increase 11% by the year 2020, as fast as average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists working in the United States in 2014 was $45,160, while the mean salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists employed in the state of Indiana was $40,520 yearly and $19.48 hourly, just 10% lower than the national average.

The One-Year Technical Certificate

Ivy Tech Community College offers a one-year Technical Certificate in Medium and Heavy Truck Technology for students who are working to acquire the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology. This program is Pell Grant eligible. 

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