Automotive Technology

As long as people need cars, there will be high demand for jobs in automotive technology. A well-trained automotive technician can earn in the 40-50 thousand dollars a year range, and sometimes more.

If you're interested in cars and want to build a career around working with them, Oakton's Automotive Technology program is for you. It offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) as well as the Automotive Technology and Automotive Technology Powertrain certificates. The curriculum is designed to fulfill the accreditation requirements of the (Automotive Service Excellence Educational Foundation) ASEEF which provides the training for entry-level technicians.

This program offers classes for those already working in the field who are looking to upskill for those with little to no automotive experience, who are looking to get into the highly-skilled automotive technology trade. Classes meet during the day and in the evening, and students can complete the program within three semesters.

Degrees and Certificates

We offer multiple curriculum paths for you if you are interested in Automotive Technology. 

The A.A.S. degree opens many doors and great earnings potential in the automotive repair industry and many related repair industries, too.

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Three classes and 12 credit hours earn you our Automotive Under Car Certificate. This certificate is recommended to start with if you are just starting out.

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We offer seven classes that enable you to earn 28 credits for your Automotive Technology Certificate. 

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Eight classes and 32 credit hours earn you our Automotive Technology Powertrain Certificate.

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Three classes and 12 credit hours earn you our Automotive Electrical Systems Certificate.

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Three classes and 12 credit hours earn you our Automotive Engines Certificate.

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Four classes and 16 credit hours earn you our Automotive Performance and Emissions Certificate.

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Three classes and 12 credit hours earn you our Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Certificate.

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Three classes and 12 credit hours earn you our Automotive Transmission and Powertrain Certificate.

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Job Outlook

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to show little or no change from 2020 to 2030.

Despite limited employment growth, about 69,000 openings for automotive service technicians and mechanics are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

Employers prefer that automotive service technicians and mechanics complete a program at a postsecondary institution. Industry certification is usually required once the person is employed.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $44,050 in May 2020.

Meet Your Faculty and Experts

Oakton's Automotive Technology program faculty will work with you to ensure you learn the skills you'll need to succeed. The Automotive Technology program curriculum is overseen by an expert advisory committee made up of local educators, community leaders, and professionals from the automotive industry.

Michael Peat, Chair
Professor of Automotive Technology
Office: Room 1852

Meet our part-time faculty

Joe Foellmer
Office: B206, Skokie

Sergio Nunez Mendoza
Office: B206, Skokie

George Vail
Office: B206, Skokie

Kenneth Adkins
Maine East High School

Keith Becker
Biggers Mitsubishi

Michael Bucholz
Snap-On Industrial

William Buege
Wheels Inc.

Dwain Calis
Hunter Engineering

Mike Charewicz
Accurate Auto Clinic

Paulette A. Cuvala
LKQ – Chicago

Joel Dufkis
Rolling Meadows High School

Steve Elza
Fremd High School

Joseph Foellmer
Lima Excavating Contractors

Bill Giers
Golf Mill Ford

Timothy Heim
Maine West High School

TJ Krause
Maine South High School

Dave Ligman
Hoffman Estates High School

John Lucia
Just Tires

Michael Lynch
Mike’s Garage

Francisco Moreno
ZF Transmissions

Gary A. Norden
Elgin Community College

Sergio Nunez
Harry S. Truman College

Michael Peat
Oakton Community College

Gregory Pfeiffer
Harry S. Truman College

David Pilotto
Fletcher Jones Audi

Daniel Radulski
Morton Grove Audi

Joshua Schneider
Mercedes-Benz of Chicago

George Vail
Lake County Division of Transportation

Josh Wallace
Lake County Division of Transport

Patrick Weber
Weber Automotive Service, Inc.

Michael Zarnecki
Lexus Field Technical Specialist

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.


Licensure Requirements: Each state and territory has different licensure and certification requirements.  Oakton has researched and/or contacted state licensing authorities to confirm that the program meets the educational requirements leading to professional licensure or certification.  

Licensure information is reviewed and updated on this site in June of each year. As of July 1, 2020, we have determined that individuals that sit for and earn their Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)  Certification exams after successful completion Oakton’s Automotive Technology course and program curriculum:

Meets the education requirements leading to licensure/certification in these states and U.S. Territories: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Does NOT meet the education requirements For licensure/certification in these states and U.S. Territories: 

We have not made a determination if the program curriculum meets the requirements for licensure/certification in these states and US Territories: 

If you intend to practice in any state other than Illinois, you should contact the appropriate licensing agency to independently verify whether Oakton’s program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in a particular state before beginning Oakton’s program. Be aware that state licensure requirements may change from time to time and that states may have conditions for licensure in addition to educational requirements.

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Michael Peat
Automotive Technology Department Chair