Program Overview

  • Location
  • Tuition
  • Program Length
    2 years
  • Learning Environment
  • Financial Aid
    FAFSA Eligible

Program Description

The Automotive Technology program at Kauaʻi Community College is designed to meet the standards set by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation. Students will develop competencies in all eight areas outlined by the ASE Education Foundation, including engine repair, transmission systems, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical systems, and more. Additionally, the program addresses the industry’s shift towards sustainability and alternative fuels by providing training in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle (HEV) Technology. This prepares students for the evolving demands of the automotive industry.

The Automotive Technology program aims to equip students with the necessary skills and competencies to thrive as automotive technicians. It also emphasizes the development of strong work habits and a competitive mindset required in the industry. Moreover, the program focuses on providing students with fundamental skills that foster a lifelong learning attitude, enabling them to stay updated with the latest technological advancements in the automotive field.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Applied Science:
Automotive Technology Associate (71 credits) – Tuition: $9,301

Certificate of Achievement:
Automotive Green Technology (26 credits) – Tuition: $3,406
Drivability Technician (34 credits) – Tuition: $4,454
Electronics/Computer Control Technician (27 credits) – Tuition: $3,537
Heavy Line Technician (30 credits) – Tuition: $3,930
Master Automobile Service Technology (56 credits) – Tuition: $7,336
Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair (26 credits) – Tuition: $3,406

Certificate of Competence:
Drive Train Specialist (11 credits) – Tuition: $1,441
Engine Specialist (14 credits) – Tuition: $1,834
HEV Preventive Maintenance and Repair (18 credits) – Tuition: $2,358
HEV Diagnostic and Repair (18 credits) – Tuition: $2,358
Undercar Specialist (15 credits) – Tuition: $1,965

The estimated cost of tools and supplies for the four semesters of the program is approximately $2,500.


The Ka‘ika‘i A‘o Project, in collaboration with Alu Like, Inc., is a year-round college internship program specifically designed for Trades Technology students at Kaua‘i Community College, including those in the Automotive Technology program. It offers valuable career experiences and networking opportunities by providing on-campus and community-based internships with local businesses. The initiative aims to bridge learning gaps, prepare students for their future careers, and particularly focuses on providing Native Hawai‘ian students with internship positions in various Trades Technology-related fields.

Future Careers:
Students who successfully complete the Automotive Technology program can pursue various career opportunities as automotive technicians, mechanics, or service technicians in automotive repair shops, dealerships, or other related industries. They may specialize in areas such as engine repair, transmission systems, electrical systems, brakes, or hybrid/electric vehicle technology, equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful and fulfilling career in the automotive industry.

Learn more about Kauaʻi Community College’s Automotive Technology program