Cancel
Loading...

Western Dakota Tech Learn. Do. Now.

Visit Us Request Info Chat Online

Transportation Technology - Light Duty

The Transportation Technology associate of applied science degree will provide education in most types of land transportation vehicles.

Students will have the option of selecting lighter vehicle or heavier equipment tracks. This program will provide a broader preparation for the mechanical occupations with separate focuses on lighter and heavier duty vehicles.

Degree Description

The Western Dakota Tech Transportation Tech-Light Duty program, through the use of effective teaching techniques, clear student learning outcomes, and effective assessment, strives to enable students the ability to acquire the latest technology and training. With the students’ efforts, we help prepare them for entry-level placement in the automotive service industry and provide them the skills for lifelong learning.

This program is fully accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education FoundationFor more information about accreditation, click here.

Request More Info

Application Process

1. Complete Western Dakota Tech Admissions Application
2. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15 fee)
3. Schedule your Admissions Advising Session
4. Submit High School transcript or GED scores (also submit official college transcripts if you have previously attended a post-secondary institution)
5. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations
6. Once you receive your acceptance letter, schedule a time to register for classes

(The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or a SAT sub-score of at least 40 in Verbal and Math.  The scores must be within the last five years.)

The ACCUPLACER test is offered Monday - Friday at 8:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

Apply Now

Career Description

Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain or repair automobiles and light trucks with gasoline and diesel engines. The ability to diagnose the source of the problem quickly and accurately, one of the technician’s most valuable skills, requires good reasoning ability and a thorough knowledge of automobiles. Automotive technology is rapidly increasing in sophistication, and most training authorities strongly recommend that persons seeking automotive technician jobs complete a formal training program after graduating from high school, continuing their education, or changing careers.

Apply Now


General Education EMT

After Earning Your Degree

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

The number of vehicles in use continues to rise, and more entry-level service technicians will be needed to perform basic maintenance and repair, such as replacing brake pads and changing oil. New technologies, however, such as electric vehicles, may limit future demand for automotive service technicians and mechanics because they will be more reliable and thus require less maintenance and repair.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Tech has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.


  • Kenny Moore

  • Doyle Bouzek

  • Kevin Madden

Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Tech wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDT is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Tech will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.


Student Housing

While Western Dakota Tech does not offer on-campus housing, we understand that finding a place to live within town while you go to school can be difficult. We have a few resources to help prospective students find affordable housing.

Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Tech currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

Disclaimer: Western Dakota Tech provides these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply affiliation, endorsement or adoption by Western Dakota Tech of any site or any information contained therein. When you leave wdt.edu, you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. Western Dakota Tech makes no claim or representation regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of third-party websites or vendors.

Join the Conversation

Connect with Western Dakota Tech

Website Powered By PageFramer, Development By Robert Sharp & Associates