Automotive Technology Degree (A.A.S.)

The Automotive Technology Program trains students to be auto experts capable of working with customers to find and fix problems with their vehicles. OTC’s certified instructors teach students the fundamentals of automotive system design, operation, diagnosis and repair. Students then apply course concepts and theory in the shop laboratory where they practice troubleshooting, service procedures, estimating and customer relations. The required courses include foundational topics such as engine repair, brakes, engine performance and automatic transmission. The automotive industry is changing and growing, with an increasing emphasis on safety and electronics expertise. While many graduates find work as general service technicians, our graduates are qualified for various entry-level specialty positions.

The Automotive Technology Program is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Restore faulty vehicles to working condition
Use critical thinking to diagnose and solve problems
Maintain car parts to prevent issues
Manage an auto body repair shop

Program Snapshot

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Credits: 64*
Average Length: 2.5 Years
Average Salary: $40,754*
Graduation Retention Rate: 55%*

Possible Careers

Auto service technician
Auto service shop manager
Automotive parts professional
Automotive sales representative
Automotive machinist
General maintenance worker

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
General Education

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Gabe McLaughlin
Transportation Department Chair


Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

Wondering how you’re going to pay for college? At OTC, we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to earning a degree. Our staff will work with you to make a financial plan. To browse the resources available to you, see paying for college.