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Automotive General Service Technician


Why Study Automotive at Riverland Community College?

Innovative Partnerships
Riverland is excited to partner with Austin Ford Chrysler and Ford Automotive through the New Ford Tech | ACE program, making us the second institution in Minnesota to offer this opportunity. This collaboration provides our Automotive Technology students with certified Ford/Lincoln factory-level training, industry certifications, and a deep dive into modern vehicle systems and equipment. Students will gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge vehicles like the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E, an all-wheel drive, fully electric vehicle.

Comprehensive Curriculum
Our Automotive Service Technology program offers extensive training in:

  • Electronics and drive train repair
  • Engine and transmission diagnostics
  • Steering, suspension, and brakes
  • Fuel systems and electronic engine control
  • Heating & Air Conditioning, and more

Expert Faculty
Our ASE-master-certified instructors are continually updating their skills with the latest automotive technologies, ensuring you receive the most current and comprehensive education. Small class sizes and state-of-the-art facilities create an ideal learning environment for hands-on experience.

Tools & Uniforms Provided
Students enrolled in the Automotive program receive tools and uniforms at no cost initially, allowing you to start your education fully equipped. As you progress and confirm your career choice, you can build your own set of tools based on our recommended list.

Industry Connections

Strong Industry Partnerships
Riverland’s robust network of industry partners enhances our program by providing students with valuable support, resources, and expertise. These partnerships help improve educational outcomes and open up significant career opportunities. Partners include Dave Syverson’s, Sanco Thermo King, and Elysian Auto.

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Career Outlook

Growing Demand
The demand for skilled Automotive General Service Technicians is expected to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 4% growth from 2019 to 2029, reflecting the increasing number of vehicles and the need for regular maintenance and advanced repair techniques, particularly as vehicles incorporate more electronic systems.

Program Accreditation and Faculty Highlight

ASE Education Accredited
Our program is ASE Education Accredited, ensuring it meets high standards and maintains strong ties to the automotive industry and advisory committees.

Scholarships Available

Supporting Your Education
Riverland offers various scholarships, including the Automotive Service Technology Scholarship and the Doherty Staffing Solutions Endowed Scholarship, to help manage the cost of your education.

For more details on scholarships and application deadlines, please visit Riverland Foundation Scholarships.

Explore the dynamic and technology-driven world of automotive service at Riverland Community College, where we equip you with the skills needed for a successful career in the automotive industry.

Last Updated: May 28, 2024

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