Automotive Service Technology

Associate in Applied Science, 66 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Albert Lea, Online Course(s)
COURSE PLAN: Four Semesters

How can you turn a love of cars into a rewarding career?

If the hum of a smooth running engine gets you revved up, read on. Imagine the feeling of accomplishment from being able to diagnose and repair automotive problems. Automotive Service Technology students will develop knowledge and skills in electronics, drive axle and drive train repair, engine and transmission diagnosis and repair, steering, suspension and brake systems, fuel systems, electronic engine control diagnosis and drivability. This hands-on program is designed to give students intensive training and experience in the diagnosis, repair and service of current, as well as, past vehicle models

The ASE-master-certified teachers keep up with the latest technology changes and regularly receive advanced training from vehicle manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers. Small class sizes, plus an excellent shop, add to the ideal learning environment.

This program is NATEF (National Automotive Technician Educational Foundation) Accredited and has strong ties to the industry and their advisory committee.

Automotive service technicians and mechanics typically do the following:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Identify problems, often by using computerized diagnostic equipment
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience
  • Test parts and systems to ensure that they work properly
  • Follow checklists to ensure that all critical parts are examined
  • Perform basic care and maintenance, including changing oil, checking fluid levels, and rotating tires
  • Repair or replace worn parts, such as brake pads, wheel bearings, and sensors
  • Perform repairs to manufacturer and customer specifications
  • Explain automotive problems and repairs to clients

Employment Outlook

Graduates will discover an open road when it comes to career opportunities. There is high demand for well-trained technicians. Choices for entry-level jobs include: service technicians for auto dealerships, independent shops or franchise service shops, parts salesmen and service writers. There is plenty of room for advancement to shop owner, service manager to research and development and company service representatives. A program advisor will be happy to give you direction that will put you on track to achieve your goals.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Program Certifications

NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) Certification

Guaranteed Transfer Agreement

Institution Award Degree Curriculum Agreement
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