Transportation Services

Western Colorado Community College's Transportation Services Technology program offers affordable, high-quality and accessible training for the modern automotive and diesel technician. State-of-the-art equipment and industry-approved curriculum is used. Students learn to repair drive trains; engines; brakes; climate control; suspension and steering systems; electronics and electrical systems; and improve engine performance, alternative fueled vehicles and automatic transmissions.

Hands-on instruction gives students a competitive advantage to pass their ASE certification and obtain a stable, high-tech, rewarding and high-paying job. The transportation program takes pride in preparing students to become qualified and productive members of the transportation repair industry.

Why choose transportation services at WCCC?

  • Instruction based on current industry-required equipment and software
  • State-of-the-art equipment and current training aids supplied by major automotive manufacturers, including scan tools, digital scopes, computerized alignment equipment and electronic ABS testers
  • Certified by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
  • Completing the degree enables graduates to take the ASE examination

In this Associate of Applied Science degree students major in transportation services and have an emphasis in advanced automotive service technician. Students learn the fundamentals of electronics, starters, ignitions, charging systems, air conditioning, cooling and heating systems, safety, technical math and use of technical manuals. This program also teaches basic management, written and oral communication, and leadership skills. Advanced coursework includes an in-depth study of internal combustion engine disassembly, repair, reassembly, diagnosis and troubleshooting; suspension systems; and alignment and wheel balance. The advanced automotive service technician emphasis prepares students for careers as automotive technicians, parts and service distributors, industrial sales representatives, service managers and business owners in the transportation services industry.

Academic Requirements

In this Associate of Applied Science degree students major in transportation services and have an emphasis in diesel technology. Students learn the fundamentals of electronics, starters, ignition, charging systems, air conditioning, cooling and heating systems, safety, technical math and use of technical manuals. Students also learn basic management, written and oral communication, and leadership skills. Advanced coursework includes an in-depth study of internal combustion engine disassembly, repair, reassembly, diagnosis and troubleshooting; suspension systems; and alignment and wheel balance. The diesel technology emphasis focuses on on-road trucks and light duty diesel-powered vehicles. Students will be prepared for careers as diesel technicians, parts and service distributors, industrial sales representatives, service managers, and business owners in the transportation services industry.

Academic Requirements

Students learn the fundamentals of electronics, starters, ignition, charging systems, air conditioning, cooling and heating systems, safety, technical math and use of technical manuals. Students also learn basic management, written and oral communication, and leadership skills. Advanced coursework includes an in-depth study of internal combustion engine disassembly, repair, reassembly, diagnosis and troubleshooting; suspension systems; and alignment and wheel balance. * Students must complete the Light Duty Technician technical certificate before enrolling in this technical certificate.

Academic Requirements

Students learn the fundamentals of electronics, starters, ignition, charging systems, air conditioning, cooling and heating systems, safety, technical math and use of technical manuals. Students also learn basic management, written and oral communication, and leadership skills. Advanced coursework includes an in-depth study of internal combustion engine disassembly, repair, reassembly, diagnosis and troubleshooting; suspension systems; and alignment and wheel balance. The diesel mechanics specialization concentrates on on-road trucks and light duty diesel-powered vehicles.

Academic Requirements

Students learn the fundamentals of electronics, starters, ignition, charging systems, air conditioning, brakes, suspension, steering, cooling and heating systems, safety, technical math and use of technical manuals. basic management, communication and leadership skills. Students also learn basic management, written and oral communication, and leadership skills.

Academic Requirements

Students learn the fundamentals of electronics, starters, ignition, charging systems, air conditioning, brakes, suspension, steering, cooling and heating systems, safety, technical math and use of technical manuals. basic management, communication and leadership skills. Students also learn basic management, written and oral communication, and leadership skills.

Academic Requirements

Students learn the fundamentals of electronics, starters, ignition, charging systems, air conditioning, brakes, suspension, steering, cooling and heating systems, safety, technical math and use of technical manuals. Students also learn basic management, written and oral communication, and leadership skills.

Academic Requirements

Career Options

  • Automotive/diesel technician
  • Parts and service distributor
  • Industrial sales representative
  • Drive train specialist
  • Chassis or engine specialist
  • Service manager
  • Brake and suspension technician
  • Electronics technician
  • Auto repair business owner

Career Pathways

Career pathway programs prepare students for employment in industries while also providing a stepping stone to an associate degree, bachelor’s degree and beyond. Learn more about career pathways.

Career Pathways Certificate Length of Program
Light Duty Automotive Technician Foundation I 2 semesters (9 credits)
Light Duty Automotive Technician Foundation II 2 semesters (8 credits)

Gainful Employment

Automotive Technician Light Duty

Transportation Services

Program Faculty

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Michael A. Carsten

Technical Instructor of Transportation Services

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James Goetz

Technical Instructor of Transportation Services

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Jason Roberson

Assistant Professor of Transportation Services

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Dennis Tobin

Lecturer of Transportation Services and Electrical Construction

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Cozette Wheeler

Lecturer of Transportation Services

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Eric Keith Wright

Assistant Technical Professor of Transportation Services