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Automotive and Diesel Technology Programs

Richland Community College’s Auto Collision Repair Technology, Diesel Technology, and Automotive Repair Technology programs are housed in the 9,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Workforce Development Institute.

  • Learn from quality instructors that have worked in the field
  • Take advantage of small class sizes where you get the attention you need to succeed
  • Ask about fast track options and flexible scheduling
  • Ask about financial aid packages


The Collision Repair Technology program prepares students for entry-level positions and career advancement in the collision repair industry. This program trains students to repair an automobile correctly, economically, and safely. The program includes diagnostic technologies, welding techniques, shop safety, metal straightening, panel replacement, interior trim and body refinishing, glass replacement, frame straightening, fiber glass repair, aluminum repair, surface preparation, painting techniques, refinishing, and damage estimation. Students will apply their knowledge and learn industry skills in a real-world shop environment equipped with the latest technologies and industry tools. Students pursuing the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree will also gain real-world experience through internship opportunities in various shop environments. This is a career and technical education program. Some of the courses may not transfer to four-year institutions.

Career and Technical Education Options

Contact Information:
Kent Mears, Lead Instructor
217.875.7211, Ext. 6461



The Diesel Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program is state-of-the-art and teaches the latest technology that goes into today’s sophisticated, modern diesel truck. Upon successful completion of the Diesel Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program, students will be prepared for entry-level employment. Advancement and additional certification opportunities are also available for those currently working in the industry. This program has been designed to meet the industry’s standards, such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation’s (NATEF).

The diesel truck service and repair industry has gone through tremendous technological changes in the last decade. Industry forecasters are predicting an increased demand for workers who have advanced skills and certifications. The median income for those with certifications in the diesel technology field is $42,320. Local employers are eager to hire Richland students who have successfully completed the program.

Richland Community College’s Diesel Medium/Heavy Technology program is housed in the 9,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Workforce Development Institute. Students learn from quality instructors with small class sizes. Fast track options and flexible scheduling are available.

Contact Information:
Darin Richardson, Lead Instructor
217.875.7211, Ext. 6436



Students taking automotive technology courses at Richland are provided with a solid foundation of knowledge, experience, and skills to assist in job entry and career advancement in the automotive industry.  Students diagnose and repair all the current sophisticated automotive technology.  The Automotive Technology program has achieved master certification by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).  Students are prepared for the world-recognized Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification, and are encouraged to complete the certification process by taking the ASE Certification tests.  Instruction is offered in all eight areas of ASE certification.

Career and Technical Education Options

Contact Information:
Curtis Happe, Instructor/Coordinator, Automotive, Heavy Truck, & Collision
217.875.7211, Ext. 6360