Automotive Technology

Program Overview

The Automotive Technology program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service and maintain all types of automobiles. The program includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains and heating and air condition systems. The program prepares students for employment in dealership and specialized and independent automotive service centers.

- National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accredited program
- Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified program

Program Plan

Certificate (30 credits)

ATMP 1207 Basic Electricity (3)
ATMP 1209 Vehicle Service (3)
ATMP 1219 Brakes (3)
ATMP 1223 Engine Electrical and Accessories (6)
ATMP 1230 Engines (6)
ATMP 1265 Chassis (6)
MATH 1251 Technical Math (3)

Diploma (32 additional credits)

ATMP 1222 Air Conditioning & Heating Systems (3)
ATMP 1243 Drivetrain (3)
ATMP 1248 Automatic Transmission (6)
ATMP 1255 Fuel Systems (6)
ATMP 1261 Alternative Fuels (1)
ATMP 1275 Wiring & Electrical Diagnosis (3)
ATMP 1281 General Shop (4)
ATMP 1289 Scan Tools (3) or ATMP 1212 Introduction to Auto (3)
COCP 1201 MS Office Basics (2)
PTCG 1225 Job Seeking (1)

A.A.S Degree (72 credits, total)

ATMP 1207 Basic Electricity (3)
ATMP 1209 Vehicle Service (3)
ATMP 1219 Brakes (3)
ATMP 1223 Engine Electrical and Accessories (6)
ATMP 1230 Engines (6)
ATMP 1265 Chassis (6)
ATMP 1222 Air Conditioning & Heating Systems (3)
ATMP 1243 Drivetrain (3)
ATMP 1248 Automatic Transmission (6)
ATMP 1255 Fuel Systems (6)
ATMP 1261 Alternative Fuels (1)
ATMP 1275 Wiring & Electrical Diagnosis (3)
ATMP 1281 General Shop (4) 
ATMP 1289 Scan Tools (1) 
PTCG 1225 Job Seeking (1)

Required General Education Credits (15)
-- MN Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 1, Communications: Minimum of one course
-- MN Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 4, Math/Logical Reasoning: Minimum of one course
-- MN Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 6, Humanities and Fine Arts: Minimum of one course
Additional credits to meet the 15 credit requirement may be taken from any goal areas.

Course Outlines

For more specific information about this program's required courses, visit the Course Outlines page.

Cost of Program

To determine the cost of this program, visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Tool List

Students within the automotive technology program must acquire a comprehensive set of tools -- a requirement for the program. Go here for the list of required tools.

Career and Employment Information

The number of jobs for automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow faster than average for all occupations over the next decade. Employment growth will create many new jobs, but total job openings will be significantly larger because many skilled technicians are expected to retire and will need to be replaced. Median hourly wage-and-salary earnings of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, were $17.24 in May 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.96 and $21.56 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.17, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $27.22 per hour.

ASE-Certified Test Location

Prometric Satellite Center/ASE Test Center #7426.

Gainful Employment Program Information for Automotive Technician Certificate (30 credits)

Gainful Employment Program Information for Automotive Technology Diploma (62 credits)