Automotive Technology

At a Glance

Degree and certificate programs

Maintaining and repairing increasingly high-tech cars and trucks to keep drivers on the road.

Vehicles are becoming more and more complex with high-tech computer systems. Due to the intricacy of vehicles, qualified automotive technicians are highly valued by vehicle owners. Students can train for a successful automotive technology career at the Workforce Institute in a state-of-the-art facility with the newest automotive technology equipment.

Job Outlook


For fall 2023, spring 2024 and summer 2024, automotive technology (AUT) classes (except AUT 210) have a tuition rate of $205.50 per credit hour for in-district residents. AUT 210 has a standard in-district rate of $137 per credit hour. Get more information on tuition and fees.

Students are required to have a basic set of automotive tools.  sold separately.

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Cost breakdown

Automotive Technician 鈥 Certificate of Achievement

Program costs as of August 2023:

  • Tuition and fees: $7,088
  • Books: $661.36
  • Tools: $5,288.02
  • Total: $13,037.38

Getting Started

Questions and tours

General questions about Workforce Institute programs? Looking to book a group tour or learn how to hire our graduates? Contact Jeffrey Martin, workforce recruitment and placement coordinator, at 217-786-2373.

Ready to enroll?

Schedule a meeting with Darla! Grab 45 minutes with us, and we will work with you to understand our programs, admission requirements and steps to enroll! These well-paying careers need trained workers now and in the future. Contact Darla Cochran, workforce enrollment specialist, at 217-786-2407.

Note: After booking, you will receive an email and text confirmation. Please make sure to check your email spam/junk folders for the confirmation. Depending on your spam filter settings, your conformation may have been delivered there.


Explore available . Students need to consult with program director/enrollment specialist before registering.

Toyota and Lexus Technician Education College Support (TECS)
Ford. Lincoln. ACE Automotive Career Exploration


The Workforce Institute partnerships with  (Automotive Career Exploration) and  (Technician Training & Education Network) allows students access to industry leading automotive technician training. The partnership agreement with Southern Illinois University Carbondale allows students to pursue a bachelor鈥檚 degree in automotive technology.