Trades & Industry

Automotive/Diesel Technology

The Automotive and Diesel programs are designed to meet the demand for trained technicians to repair, service, and overhaul a variety of automotive, construction, industrial, farm, and trucking industry vehicles. The program provides you with up-to-date technology training using the latest competency-based curriculum and hands-on experiences.

What Do Our Students Learn?


  • Automotive engine performance diagnosis, inspection, adjustment, and repair using service information 
  • Diagnosis and repair of vehicle electrical systems and subsystems 
  • Proper safety, maintenance, testing and repair of automotive HVAC systems 
  • Diagnosis and repair of common modern automobiles
  • All five remaining ASE areas of repair: Automatic Transmission; Steering & Suspension; Brake Systems; Electrical Systems; and Ignition Systems 


  • The 3 major areas of ASE Heavy Duty Diesel repair: Diesel Engines; Drive-Train (clutches, manual transmissions, drive lines, differential assemblies); and Brakes  
  • Advanced training in Hydraulics, Steering and Suspension; HVAC; and Electrical/Electronic Systems for diesel vehicles 
  • Proper safety, maintenance, testing and repair of automotive HVAC systems 
  • Diagnosis and repair of modern heavy duty diesel trucks
  • Diagnosis and repair of heavy duty diesel emissions systems, electrical and electronics
  • Heavy duty diesel preventative maintenance and inspection 

Where Are Our Graduates Working?

  • Large & Small Dealerships
  • Auto Parts Dealers
  • National & Local Automotive Chains
  • Transmission and Specialty Shops
  • State and Federal Transportation Departments
  • Service Stations/Truck Stops
  • Agriculture
  • Semi-Truck & Farm Equipment Dealers

How Long Will it Take?

4 full-time semesters, including 5 GenEd classes (29 months)

4 full-time semesters (22 months)

2 full-time semesters (10 months)


Why Automotive and Diesel at CEI?

  • Lowest Cost in Idaho
  • Hands-on-Training
  • High Job Placement
  • Supervised Work Experience in Local Industry
  • State of the Art Computerized Diagnostic Equipment
  • ASE Master-Certified Instructors
  • CEI Is a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Certified Program
  • Short-term ASE Certified Specialties

How Much Will it Cost?

  • $129 Per Credit
  • $15 Computer Usage Fee Per Semester
  • $55 Coverall Rental Per Semester
  • $4,000 (Approx.) for Text Books and Tools

Students who are registered for 12 or more credits, or who are taking courses in the professional portion of a healthcare program, are required to carry health insurance and will be automatically enrolled in the SHIP plan. Students will be billed at the time of registration.

How Much Do Our Graduates Make?

Over the last 5 years our graduates started out averaging $32,000 to $41,600 (Automotive Grads) and $20,800 to $42,640 (Diesel Grads) a year (Based on a 2080 work year, wage information is given within the first year of employment).


97.78% (Auto) and 100% (Diesel) (Average positive placement for graduates over the past 5 years)


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