Automotive Service Technology

  • Credits: 73
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: Thief River Falls

Program Overview

This program is designed primarily for students who would like to further their education in Automotive Service. The customized curriculum allows for more Liberal Arts classes, which are a part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

The Automotive Service Technician is a person working in an exciting and rapidly changing industry. Students in this program will receive training in the many service and diagnostic procedures necessary to maintain our Nation on wheels. Students are trained in modern laboratories equipped with current service and testing equipment.

Students entering this program should have good mechanical aptitude, good communication skills, and the ability to read and comprehend service literature. Graduates of this program will have a variety of opportunities that range from driveability technician, alignment and suspension specialist, transmission specialist, service advisors and managers. Opportunities for advancement may include factory and dealer representatives, management, and self-employment.

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A career in the exciting automotive service industry holds many rewards. Among these are the continued satisfaction from the occupation you are engaged in, plus a sound financial future. Our graduates have found employment positions as service technicians, alignment and brake specialists, air conditioning and heating specialists, and shop owners.

The employment outlook for automotive service technicians and mechanics in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 12.4%, a high growth career.

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Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
AUMO 1103 Intro to Auto Service 2
AUMO 1109 Steering & Suspenson 3
AUMO 1111 Brakes 5
AUMO 1112 Ignition/Tune-up 3
AUMO 1116 Basic Elec & Battery 3
AUMO 1118 Starting/Charging Sys 3
AUMO 1125 Driveline/Clutch/Manual 4
AUMO 1133 Auto HVAC 3
AUMO 1134 Wheel Alignment 3
AUMO 1138 Hybrid Vehicle Systems 1
AUMO 2202 Body Electrical 3
AUMO 2204 Auto Computers 3
AUMO 2207 Fuels/Injection/Emissions 5
AUMO 2208 Engine Theory/Diagnostics 4
AUMO 2210 Driveability 4
AUMO 2212 Auto Transmission/Axle I 5
AUMO 2233 Engine Overhaul Lab 4
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3
  G4: Math/Logical Elective 3
  G5: History/Social Elec 3
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec 3
  MN Transfer Curriculum Electives 3

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Program Specific Requirements

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

National Automotive Technicians Education FoundationThe Automotive Service Technology is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

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Transferring to NCTC?

We know there are a number of reasons students consider transferring from their current college or university. We also know you might have concerns about transferring current course work, meeting program prerequisites, managing timelines, and more. As a transfer student, you’ll quickly discover that creating opportunities for your smooth transition to Northland is our top priority. Our transfer admissions specialists and academic counselors understand this is an important move for you and will do everything they can to make your transition as easy as possible.

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Program Faculty

  • Joseph Griffin
  • Automotive Service Technology Instructor
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
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  • Norman Halsa
  • Automotive Service Technology Instructor
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
  • Tel: (218) 683-8685
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Mark A Johnson
  • Automotive Service Technology Instructor
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
  • Tel: (218) 683-8686
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

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Northland offers a multitude of opportunities, whether you're beginning your degree or returning to college. We're affordable, convenient, and flexible. Northland Community & Technical College – it’s more than just a great education. It’s about making a career out of what you love to do. Thinking about a new career? Think Northland!

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