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The Northwest Tech Automotive Technology program allows you to start with and develop the basic fundamentals before advancing to the necessary job skills and related work procedures needed to gain employment in the automotive industry. This progression will include the use of technical service manuals, testing equipment, electronic ignition systems, rear, front, and four-wheel drive, and power steering and brakes.

We are continually updating our curriculum to assure that you, our students, are able to work with the same tools and equipment found in the industry today. As advanced technology is introduced with new automobiles each year, electronics are used in brakes, transmission, steering systems, and a variety of other components. You will use the latest with up-to-date computerized diagnostic devices and much more.

The shop training is set up in a very similar way to repair bays in an automotive dealership. We schedule customer work from the community so that the learning environment is hands-on for job training. You learn actual on-the-job procedures for trouble shooting, looking up parts, figuring a job sheet and relating with customers.

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

$30,000– $40,000 per year

Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Automotive Technology program.

  • A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted

  • $25 Application Fee Paid

  • High School or GED Transcript Submitted

  • (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted

  • ACT or AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)

Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, Via postal mail addressed to:
Northwest Tech Admissions,1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS or through email communications with

Since 2010, the Northwest Tech Automotive Technology program has placed an average of 80% of its graduates directly out of school.


  • Demonstrate safety procedures involved in the collision repair industry.
  • Diagnose and make proper structural/nonstructural repairs.
  • Replace and make adjustments of stationary and moveable glass.
  • Refinish auto to OEM standards.
  • Analyze mechanical, electrical and electronic components.
  • Identify & solve problems, applying knowledge in a critical, creative and ethical manner.
  • Perform basic welding skills.
  • Perform safe disarming, handling and instillation of airbags.
  • Track material cost and provide accurate estimates.
  • Evaluate and use information technology effectively.
  • Demonstrate effective reading, writing, speaking, listening and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate mathematical skills.
  • Operate basic computer program.
  • Construct a resume.
  • Brian Bauman
  • Rich Smith
  • Curtis Littrell
  • Dennis Taylor
  • Brian Shippert
  • Bob Kirby
  • Chris Kraft
  • Grant Jones
  • Ron Murray
  • Mike Ramsey
  • Brandon Corbett
  • Thea Ratliff