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  • Automotive Service Techology

    Delivery: Automotive Service Technology: Daytime classes only.
    Start: Automotive Service Technology Program Courses: Fall Semester only; Full-Time Only.
     

    • Automotive Service Technician — Diploma (64 credits)
    • Basic Automotive Service — Certificate (27 credits)

About the Program

Due to the high demand for this program, the college cannot guarantee that students will start their career/occupational coursework in their early semesters. Remedial courses, if needed based on assessment test scores, are usually available.

The Automotive Service Technician Diploma program prepares students to perform automotive repairs in the following areas: engine repair and diagnosis, cooling system, emission control, computer systems, fuel injection, engine performance maintenance, air conditioning and automatic transmission/transaxle. Students perform various tasks according to the NATEF task list. An emphasis is placed on the development of quality work habits and ethics. The program is structured consisting of classroom lecture, lab, and live, shop work. Students will also be prepared to take the ASE certification tests in the following areas: engine repair, engine performance, heating and air conditioning and automatic transmission/transaxle.

The Basic Automotive Service Certificate program prepares the student to perform automotive repairs in the following areas: Tire service, lubrication, exhaust, body electrical, starting, charging, brakes, steering and suspension, wheel alignment, and standard drive train. Students will also be prepared to take the ASE certification tests in the following areas: electrical/electronic systems, suspension and steering, brakes, and manual drive train and axles.

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Accreditation

The Automotive Service Technology Program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

The Automotive Service Technology Program has been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and is a Master Auto Service Technology (MAST) accredited program.

Transfer

Auto Student

Potential Job Titles

Auto Student
  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Salary Data

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Average Wage: $19.67/hour
Top Earners: $30.18/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.mnscu.edu

Learning Outcomes

Automotive Services Technician - Diploma 64 Credits

  • Acquire sufficient amounts of knowledge to become ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) certified.
  • Demonstrate training meets employers’ needs and industry standards.
  • Demonstrate quality work habits and ethical practices.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety issues, including hazardous materials and environmental issues, in the workplace.

Basic Automotive Service - Certificate 27 Credits

  • Acquire sufficient amounts of knowledge to become ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) certified.
  • Demonstrate training meets employers’ needs and industry standards.
  • Demonstrate quality work habits and ethical practices.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety issues, including hazardous materials and environmental issues, in the workplace.

Prerequisites

To be admitted to the program, see the Program Admission and Registration Guide and information on the AST web page. All students must meet the assessment standards as listed on the program website. Assessment testing is required in the following areas: Reading, Writing and Math.

  • Minimum assessment score placement in RDNG 0950 or completion of RDNG 0900 with a grade of C or higher
  • Minimum assessment score placement in English 0090 or completion of English 0080 with a C or higher;
  • Arithmetic assessment score of 64 or higher or elementary algebra assessment score of 76 or higher
    • OR assessment score/ACT score placement into MATH 0070 or above
    • OR completion of MATH 0010 or MATH 0015 (previously) or MATH 0030 or MATH 0060 with a grade of C or higher.
    • We strongly encourage students who score below 64 to meet with an advisor or counselor to discuss their review and course options PRIOR to Math assessment retesting or registering for a Math course. Contact the Advising, Counseling and Career Center at 651-779-3285, West Campus, Room 2410.