Automotive Service Technology

DEGREE TYPE:   Diploma     CREDITS: 69    LOCATION: Albert Lea, Online Course(s)    STARTS: Fall, Spring    COURSE PLAN: Four Semesters   
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Why choose this program at Riverland?

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 ASE Education Accredited and has strong ties to the industry and their advisory committee.

What will I study?

  • Automotive Fundamentals
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Brake Systems
  • Electrial/Electronics
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Automtive Welding

What are my career options after graduating this program?

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics often work in the following industries.

  • Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
  • Repair and Maintenance
  • Gasoline Stations
  • Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
  • General Merchandise Stores

Current Demand

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This career is currently in very high demand.

Future Demand

This career is seeing low growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 4,020 new Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics to meet market demand between 2014-2024. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Are there any special scholarships related to this program I can apply for?

The college offers several scholarships for students to help with the cost of their education.

Program specific scholarships available:

Meet Olle Gladso Automotive Service Technology Instructor

Olle.Gladso@riverland.edu  507-379-3347

Olle comes with diverse and varied experience from many different fields which he has incorporated in to his role as facilitator of student learning. He believes that his role is more of a mentor and coach for the students than as a traditional teacher. Having worked in proprietary schools before coming to Riverland, he firmly believes in the community college’s role and function in local communities.

Olle believes that we cannot solve today’s transportation related problems such as resource usage and pollution using yesterday’s technology and is a strong proponent of newer technologies such as electric vehicles. To learn about these newer technologies he has converted an older internal combustion engine vehicle to pure electric propulsion and has other electric vehicle projects in the works.

Being a strong believer in sharing knowledge he has written and co-authored several articles for trade magazines involving unique diagnostic methods and equipment as well as how to effectively and efficiently use them. Following the belief that knowledge should be shared he is a frequent contributor to websites for professional technicians such as IATN (International Automotive Technicians Network).

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Last Updated: August 27, 2018

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