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.


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.
According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as an Automotive Service Tech in the state of Minnesota is $19.06 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 2.0%, a average-growth career.

Program Courses

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Required Courses

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

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