If you are interested in the diagnosis and repair of today's vehicles, our Automotive Technology Program offers the hands-on training you need.

Our Automotive Technology Programs are Master Automobile Service Technology (MAST) certified by the ASE Education Foundation. The ASE Education is a nationally recognized accrediting organization and division of National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

This program allows you to work with ASE-certified instructors who incorporate a wealth of real-world experience into the classroom and lab. Faculty members are dedicated to helping students reach their career goals. Our faculty members strive to make the learning experience practical and rewarding. You’ll benefit from their expertise, professionalism and automotive industry contacts.

Our goal is to help prepare our students and graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the automotive repair industry.

The college offers two Associate in Applied Science programs related to automotive technology: Automotive Technology A.A.S. and Automotive Technology A.A.S. with Mopar MCAP Option.

The college offers MCAP, a full-time apprenticeship program with a similar course structure as the college's general automotive A.A.S. degree program. The difference with MCAP is that it focuses on course information and hands-on activities using Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep and Ram products and procedures. As a student, you'll also work at an approved Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep and Ram dealer or Chrysler fleet location as an entry-level technician during the internship period. Students completing the A.A.S. degree with the MCAP option also will receive a certificate from the Chrysler Group.

Moraine Valley also offers the Nissan Technician Training Academy (NTTA), which is designed for students who wish focuses on course information and hands-on training on Nissan and/or Infiniti vehicles to prepare themselves for working inside a Nissan or Infiniti dealership.

Students interested in automotive technology will be interested to know that salaries in the Chicagoland area tend to be higher than the national averages listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Can I Do With an A.A.S. in Automotive Technology Degree?

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

We have degree agreements with Southern Illinois University and Ferris State University. Moraine Valley Automotive Technology A.A.S. degree graduates can complete two more years at either Southern Illinois University or Ferris State University to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Technology.

Job Outlook

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for qualified jobseekers should be very good.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Meet the Faculty

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Ira Siegel, M.M.
Program Coordinator and Professor, Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology
ASE Certifications: Master Automobile Technician (A1-A8), G1, L1, L3

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Robert Faoro, A.A.S.
Program Coordinator, Mopar MCAP
Assistant Professor, Automotive Technology
ASE Certifications: Master Automobile Technician (A1-A8), G1, L1

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William McGrath, A.A.S.
Assistant Professor, Automotive Technology
ASE Certifications: Master Automobile Technician (A1-A8), G1, L1

Adjunct Faculty

Pat Carroll
Work Experience: Over 35 years
Employer: Technician — Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Dealer
ASE Certifications: G1, Master Automobile Technician (A1-A9)

Anthony Dalaly, A.A.S.
Work Experience: Over 10 years
Employer: U.S. Postal Service Automotive Technician
ASE Certifications: A1, A4, A5, A6, G1

David Engelsen
Work Experience: Over 30 years
Employer: Service Consultant
ASE Certifications: Master Automobile Technician (A1-A8), C1

George L. Fortier
Work Experience: Over 35 years
Employer: Automotive Instructor
ASE Certifications: G1, Master Automobile Technician (A1-A8)

Bernard Kay
Work Experience: Over 44 years
Employer: Automotive Service Center Owner/Operator
ASE Certifications: A1, A5, A6, A8, C1, G1

Kris Kowalski, M.A.
Work Experience: Over 15 years
Employer: Automotive Instructor
ASE Certifications: A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, G1

Tom Landvogt
Work Experience: Over 14 years
Employer: Master Toyota Diagnostic Technician
ASE Certifications: Master Automobile Technician (A1-A8), G1, L1

Christopher Miles, A.A.S.
Work Experience: Over 17 years
Employer: Certified Chrysler Technician
ASE Certifications: A5, A6, A8, G1

Manny Rodriguez
Work Experience: Over 30 years
Employer: Master Technician for GM / Bridgestone
ASE Certifications: Master Automobile Technician (A1-A8), F1, G1, L1, L3

Ray Schmude
Work Experience: Over 35 years
Employer: Automotive Machinist
ASE Certifications: A1, G1, Master Machinist (M1-M3)

Joe Zegarlinski
Work Experience: Over 24 years
Employer: Master GM Technician
ASE Certifications: Master Automobile Technician (A1-A8), G1, L1

Automotive Service Technician Certificate

This program provides the student with the entry-level skills needed to become an automotive technician. The program develops the necessary manipulative skills along with the theory of operation of various automotive systems. Along with developing necessary job skills, the student can use the certificate as a partial fulfillment of the requirements for the A.A.S. degree in automotive technology

Automotive Service Advisor Certificate

This program prepares the student for a career as an Automotive Service Advisor. Automotive service advisors work in new and used automobile dealerships and large automobile repair facilities. They greet customers, listen to customer concerns or service requests, determine the type of service required, provide customers with repair estimates, help produce repair orders, notify customers when repairs have been completed, and follow up with customers to help ensure customer satisfaction.

Brake and Chassis Technician Certificate

This certificate program is designed to enhance your A.A.S. Automotive degree and make you more marketable to prospective employers. Prepare for an entry-level position in the automotive service industry with a focus on automotive brake systems.

Drivetrain Technician Certificate

This certificate program is designed to enhance your A.A.S. Automotive Technology degree and make you more marketable to prospective employers. Prepare for an entry-level position in the automotive service industry with a focus on drivetrain.

Engine Driveability Technician Certificate

This certificate program is designed to enhance your A.A.S. Automotive degree and make you more marketable to prospective employers. Prepare for an entry-level position in the automotive service industry with a focus on driveability.

Career Connections Program

This program qualifies for up to $8,000 in tuition assistance.

Related Programs

Automotive Technology A.A.S. with Mopar MCAP

The Automotive Technology A.A.S. with Mopar MCAP degree is designed for students who wish focuses on course information and hands-on activities using Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep and Ram products and procedures.

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Nissan Technician Training Academy

The Nissan Technician Training Academy (NTTA) is designed for students who wish focuses on course information and hands-on training on Nissan and/or Infiniti vehicles to prepare yourself for working inside a Nissan or Infiniti dealership.

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Automotive Service TechnicianCertificate1237Mechanical Technologies
Automotive Service AdvisorCertificate1477Mechanical Technologies
Automotive TechnologyA.A.S.1277Mechanical Technologies
Brake and Chassis TechnicianCertificate1461Mechanical Technologies
Drivetrain TechnicianCertificate1464Mechanical Technologies
Engine Driveability TechnicianCertificate1463Mechanical Technologies

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