Source: MN DEED website as of November 2016. Figures shown are median hourly wages rounded down to the nearest whole number.
In the Automotive Service Technology programs, students will have the opportunity to learn skills to prepare for entry-level positions as automotive technicians. These skills will also be helpful in preparing for A.S.E. (Automotive Service Excellence) certification. Courses of instruction cover all systems of the automobile. This includes basic operation and learning to identify parts with the objective of developing diagnostic skills. Automotive service technicians, in addition to enjoying working with their hands, must also have the ability to systematically diagnose technical automotive problems. The A.A.S. program is similar in content to the diploma program, but also includes 15 credits of liberal education. The liberal education credits are intended to diversify the students training and enhance transfer opportunities to other institutions of higher learning.View Catalog or Request Info
Skills & Knowledge
- Diagnose and repair automotive heating and air conditioning, electrical, drive train, steering, suspension, brake, drive ability, engine and transmission systems
- Follow environmental and ethical guidelines
- Maintain and repair tools and equipment in the automotive shop
- Use service manuals
Approximate total tuition & fees for MN residents to complete this degree.
The auto repair degree may be completed in 2 years if prerequisites are complete.
Potential Career Opportunities
- Automotive service technician
- Automotive technician
- Shop foreperson
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Minnesota Careers in Automotive Repair and Service (MNCARS) is a workforce initiative created by a cross-section of automotive industry representatives, including independent repair shops, multiple-shop operators, suppliers, technical college administrators and other industry organizations. Its goal is to ensure a future workforce for Minnesota’s automotive service industry by raising awareness and recruiting people into technical college automotive education programs (collision and mechanical) and industry careers.