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Joliet Junior College

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Automotive Technology Program: Serving both degree-seeking students and professional technicians who want to upgrade their skills, our National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Master certified program offers an A.A.S. degree, as well as several certificates to prepare the student for success in a wide variety of industry careers. Students learn about every aspect of automotive service and repair in our state-of-the-art facility using modern equipment and technology. Students spend more than 500 hours repairing actual customer vehicles using school-owned tools, while gaining the valuable work experience employers find desirable. Students not only receive hands-on experience, but they will also finish the program with a professional skill set that is in high-demand by a variety of employers. Student become more detail-oriented and learn organizational skills, problem solving skills, and customer service skills. Also, the program has transfer agreements with a number of four-year institutions for students to conveniently pursue a baccalaureate degree.


  • Our hybrid and electric vehicle training fleet in our customer shop.
  • Our students demonstrate the skills they have learned in the classroom in our practice lab.
  • Students teardown and reassemble transmissions in our automatic transmission lab.
  • Our manual transmission/ axle lab is used by our students during their third semester of the program.
  • Our students experience a real-world shop environment in our customer shop class.

Under The Hood

Provide a quick overview of the program (i.e., time to complete, credits, type of degree, etc.).

The JJC automotive program is a two-year associates degree program. There are 6 certificates of completion that can earned together or separately from the degree. Including the general education requirements, the associates degree is 67 credit hours.

Is this a full or part time program?

The program is designed to be completed in two years when attending on a full-time basis. The program can be completed on a part-time basis, however, the timeline for completion would be extended.

Describe how classes are conducted (i.e, in-person, online, in the shop, etc.).

All automotive classes are conducted in an in-person format. Each class consists of a classroom presentation and lab demonstrations and activities. The customer service shop classes are 100% lab based.

What does the program cost?

The spring 2022 tuition and fees are $148.00 per credit hour.

What types of financial assistance or scholarships are available?

Standard Federal and State financial aid is available to eligible full-time degree-seeking students. There are many scholarships that are specific to the automotive program and the technical department.

Describe the application process and eligibility.

All scholarships are listed on the JJC website and the application process is online.

What types of work-based learning opportunities do you offer?

Most of our students work at least part-time during the program. Dealership, fleet garages, and independent shops associated with the program make annual on-campus visits to recruit students for employment.

Describe your annual placements (i.e., number of students, percent who find a job in the industry, etc.).

On completion of the program, better than 90% of the students find work within the industry.

What types of salaries can students expect after graduating and as they advance in their career?

Graduates can expect to earn a competitive entry-level wage and should expect to see appropriate increases in their wages as they gain experience. Senior technicians in the area typically earn about $100,000 per year.

Is there anything unique about your program that you’d like to mention?

The customer service shop classes provide a unique opportunity for the students to work in a live shop environment while still in school. Guidance in the repair process is provided by three instructors, and two shop managers to ensure the repair process is successful. Our graduates tell us that this class contributes in a large way to their success when they enter the work place.

What general and specialty tools does the school provide?

The program provides 100% of the general and specialty tools for the program.

What tools, if any, is a student responsible for providing?

The student is responsible for providing the required uniform and personal safety equipment.

When in the lab, how much one-on-one time does an instructor get with each student?

In the lab, a student generally works with a partner. The instructor observes and signs off on their accomplishments. The instructor is always available for guidance and instruction.

What is the split between time spent in the classroom versus hands-on learning?

The total associates program is approximately 30% classroom and 70% hands-on learning in the lab or shop.

What does the school do to ensure students stay safe while in the lab?

The program follows all established state and local guidelines for shop safety. All persons in the lab environment must wear safety glasses.

What types of processes does the lab have to ensure a clean working environment?

The labs are cleaned and sanitized on a nightly basis.

Does the school have access to factory software? If so, please explain.

The program subscribes to General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Subaru factory software.

What types of service and parts software are available for the students to access?

The program subscribes to multiple factory and aftermarket service information providers. The customer shop class also uses an electronic repair order system.

Is there anything else you’d like to mention about the lab environment?

The lab and shop environment are designed to look and operate similar to a state-of-the-art service facility.

First Semester

AS 102 - Automotive Engine Rebuilding AS 104 - Electrical Fundamentals AS 106 - Automotive Fundamentals AS 108 - Automotive Service I

Second Semester

AS 204 - Brake Systems AS 114 - Electrical/Electronic Diagnosis AS 116 - Automotive Fuel Systems AS 118 - Automotive Service II

Third Semester

AS 202 - Engine Performance Diagnostics (Tune Up) AS 112 - Chassis, Steering and Alignment AS 206 - Manual Transmissions, Transaxles and Differentials AS 208 - Automotive Service III

Fourth Semester

AS 212 - Automotive Update and Computer Controlled Systems AS 214 - Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles AS 216 - Air Conditioning/Climate Control AS 218 - Automotive Service IV

Andy Kacena

Andy Kacena teaches in the customer shop classes. Andy is the co-coordinator for the Automotive program. Andy is a ASE Master Automotive Technician and also a crew member for Pat Dakin’s Commercial Metal Fabricators NHRA Top Fuel Dragster where he is the clutch specialist.

David Borowski

David Borowski teaches Engine Repair and Fuels. David is the Automotive program Advisor.

Dan Warning

Dan Warning teaches Manual Transmissions and Automatic Transmissions.

James Tiberi

James Tiberi teaches Steering and Suspension and Air Conditioning.

Joe Stalzer

Joe Stalzer teaches Automotive Fundamentals and Brakes.

Curt Ward

Curt Ward teaches Engine Performance, Update, Diesel, and Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. Curt is an ASE Master Automotive Technician and “L1” Advanced Engine Performance certified. He is also certified in “F1” Alternate Fuels, “A9” Light Vehicle Diesel Engines and “G1” Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair. He has also co-authored three automotive textbooks with James Halderman for Pearson and has presented at numerous conferences across North America.

Josh Graf

Josh Graf teaches Electrical I and Electrical II. Josh is the co-coordinator for the Automotive program.

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