Automotive technology

Solving problems from oil leaks to engine overhauls.
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Become an Automotive Tech 

The Automotive Technician program at Dixie Technical College provides students with the opportunity to learn current technologies and develop skills for a great career in the automotive field. Courses are taught to Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards to prepare students for ASE certification tests. * Basic technician hand tools are required for the program.


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12 months



What You Will Learn In The Automotive technology Program

Engine Repair

Provides theory, diagnosis, and service common to all automotive internal combustion engines. Includes engine rebuilding and performance testing. This course prepares students for ASE Certification Test on Engine Repair.


Automotive Brake Systems

Provides the theory, diagnosis, and repair of automotive brake systems, and a study of disc and drum brake systems. The course covers anti-lock brakes, hydraulic operation, and brake system service, diagnosis, and repair. Prepares students for ASE Certification Test on Brakes.

Transmission and Drivetrain

Provides theory, diagnosis, and service of clutches, driveline, synchro transmissions and final drives. Includes standard transaxles and 4-wheel drive. Prepares students for ASE Certification Test on Manual Drive Train, and Certification Test on Automatic Transmissions/Transaxle.

Steering and Suspension Systems

Provides the theory, diagnosis, and repair of automotive steering and suspension systems. This in-depth study includes tires and wheels, wheel balancing, two and four-wheel alignment, and diagnostic and service techniques. Prepares students for ASE Certification Test on Steering and Suspension Systems.

Engine Performance and Drivability

Provides instruction in diagnostic procedures for driveability concerns on automotive vehicles. Includes an in-depth study of modern ignition, fuel, and power train computer-controlled systems. Gives the student the opportunity to use industry standard testing equipment such as PC-based scopes and hand-held scanners. 

Our Automotive Techs at work

Is Automotive Technology Right For You?

This Program Is for Students Who:

  • Have a lifelong fascination with automotive technology and how vehicles work.
  • Enjoy the challenge of diagnosing automotive issues and knowing how to fix them.
  • Want to know what makes a car go and be a mechanic.

Students Love This Program Because:

  • They add to their essential knowledge and practice of engine repair, ABS, transmissions, drivetrains, steering and suspension systems, and engine performance and drivability.
  • Small class sizes allow for abundant hands-on opportunities, instruction, and experience.
  • They graduate from this program prepared for the Automotive Service Excellence certification exam.

About Your Automotive technology Instructors

Bill Vair

Bill Vair formally began his career in the automotive industry by enrolling in the associate’s degree
automotive technology program at SUNY Morrisville after high school. After completing the program at
SUNY Morrisville, Bill worked in the automotive industry at an independent repair shop, a General
Motors dealership, and was a small business owner of an independent repair shop.
In 2009, Bill was privileged to be hired as an instructor of the automotive technology program at his
alma mater, SUNY Morrisville. During his years teaching in the program, Bill pursued additional higher
education and completed a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology and a master’s degree in
information design and technology.

Throughout his years in the automotive industry, as both a technician and a teacher, Bill has achieved
many additional aftermarket and original equipment manufacturer professional development trainings
and maintained an ASE Master Technician certification. Bill encourages all who are interested in the automotive industry to pursue a career in this field. Bill often says, “If you are willing to be a lifelong learner and you are passionate about the automotive industry, there is a place in the automotive field for you.”


John Busselberg graduated from the UTI Automotive, Diesel and Industrial Program in 2005 and the International Technician Education Program (ITEP) in the same year. He is a Certified Mitsubishi Fuso Technician and a Certified Ford Auto Diesel Technician. 

He worked for three years at Lake City Trucks specializing in the International Trucks and Mitsubishi Fuso product lines, for 10 Years at St. George Ford, and for two years as the fleet manager for Washington City.   He has been a small business owner specializing in diesel performance for 13 years.  His experience made him an excellent fit for Dixie Tech, and he joined the faculty in 2020. John says that “The most rewarding part of teaching is seeing the progression of an individual in an industry that I love.”

Mike Harley

With over 35 years of experience as an automotive technician, Mike established himself as a highly skilled and accomplished individual in the field. During his career, he earned his Senior Masters through Ford motor company as well as his ASE Masters and Advanced level specialist.

Currently, Mike is excited to be a part of the team at Dixie Tech, and looks forward to working with students and contributing to their growth and development. With his vast knowledge and experience, he will be able to provide valuable insights and guidance to the next generation of automotive technicians. Mike said he is committed to staying with Dixie Tech for many years to come and looks forward to making a positive impact in the field.


Ryan Jacobs comes to us with 30 plus years of experience in the automotive industry as a lead technician
service manager and auto shop owner. He also taught automotive at Hurricane High school for the past
5 years. He has achieved A.S.E master technician status for 25 years.

He also holds Ford senior master technician status, as well as Honda silver certified, Chrysler silver certified, Saturn tech 2, G.M., and Mazda certifications.


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