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Program Contact Gerry Egan
Email Address [email protected]
Office 919-866-5254
Degrees & Pathways
  • AAS - Associate in Applied Science
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About The Program



Automotive servicing has changed drastically in the past 10 years. Mechanics work with electronic equipment as well as tools, and they must understand computer diagnostics along with the basics of vehicle repair. To fix a vehicle, the technician must be able to properly diagnose the problem.


Wake Tech offers a two-year (21-month) Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Systems Technology. The program includes new and emerging technologies. Most classes allow for three hours of hands-on (lab) experience for each hour of classroom instruction/lecture. Wake Tech’s Automotive Systems Technology curriculum covers all automotive systems, progressing from the basics to advanced technologies, to prepare students for success in the workplace. The electrical system is emphasized most, since electricity controls 99% of vehicle operations. A background in automotive is not required for the program. 

On completion, students should be prepared to take the ASE exam and enter full-time employment in automotive dealerships and repair shops.

Limited Enrollment Program

Automotive Systems Technology is a limited enrollment program which has unique admission requirements, policies, procedures, schedules and deadlines, which are subject to change. Interested applicants for any of our limited enrollment programs should complete the entire application process including placement testing and review with an Academic Advisor. The Academic Advisor will go over essential information and give you a Limited Enrollment Student Checklist which outlines and directs you to the next steps for limited enrollment programs. When calling or emailing your program advisors, be sure to have your ID number ready. When meeting with your program advisors, be sure to bring your Limited Enrollment Student Checklist with you.

Interested applicants for any of our limited enrollment programs should contact Gerry Egan at [email protected]

ADMISSIONS: All Automotive Systems Technology programs have limited enrollment. Students can enter programs in the fall or spring semester, as follows:

  1. Complete the Application for Admission to Wake Tech online and follow application instructions, including requesting your high school and (if applicable) college transcripts and indicating the code or codes for your major on the application.
  2. Schedule to take the RISE Placement Test (see if you are Exempt).
  3. Meet with an advisor to review your placement test scores.
  4. Meet with the AUT department head to verify program codes and selected pathway.
  5. Find out your start date. If the program you choose is full, the department head can recommend general education courses that can be taken until an opening occurs.

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The program includes: 

  • Electrical systems
  • Theory
  • Servicing and operation of brakes
  • Engine performance
  • Steering and suspension
  • Automatic transmission/transaxles
  • Engine repair
  • Climate control
  • Manual drivetrains
  • Diesel fuel systems
  • Alternative fuels

The Automotive Systems Technology program does not seek out projects for its day or evening curriculum classes.  The program is designed as an educational platform, not a production facility where repairs and preventive maintenance are performed. While it will consider projects from time to time, the program does so sparingly and within the confines of the coursework being taught during a specific semester.

Inquiries and requests will be placed on a list, and the department will notify the parties if and when there is availability.  There is no guarantee that a request for maintenance or repair will be scheduled.


Job opportunities in the automotive field are plentiful. Qualified technicians can work in specialized shops that focus on a single system (electrical, transmission, brakes, etc.); in dealerships, on particular product lines; or in independent garages servicing all types of vehicles.

The average starting salary is about $25,000 a year; it can vary depending on the technician’s abilities. Salaries can increase significantly as skills and experiences grow. Successful Master Diagnostic Technicians can earn more than $65,000 a year, plus chances to compete with other technicians for awards and bonuses.

Several dealerships and independent garages in Wake and surrounding counties employ Wake Tech graduates.  Wake Tech stays in close contact with these employers to make sure their needs and the needs of graduates are being met. Local employers include Capital Ford, Crossroads Ford, Leith Honda, Kings Auto, Reeve-Smith Auto, Fred Anderson Toyota, Hendricks, and more.

Program Contact: Gerry Egan
Email Address: [email protected]
Office Phone: 919-866-5254