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Program Details

Program specifics about earning an Automotive Service Technology A.A.S. Degree at Northland.

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.

Program Accreditation

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

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

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation

Program Learner Outcomes

  1. Student will demonstrate professional workplace habits including punctuality, attitudes, behaviors, and craftsmanship expected of the automotive industry.
  2. Student will apply theory of vehicle operating systems.
  3. Student will diagnose vehicle operating systems.
  4. Student will repair vehicle operating systems.
  5. Student will interpret service information.
  6. Student will demonstrate standard safety practices and procedures in the classroom and lab as required by the automotive industry.
  7. Student will demonstrate the ability to use critical thinking to solve problems.
  8. Student will perform basic computer functions and operate basic computer software programs currently being used by the automotive industry.

Employment Information

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.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. Northland has articulation agreements in place with the following schools:

Mayville State UniversityBusiness AdministrationB.A.S.
Metropolitan State UniversityIndividualized StudiesB.A.
Minnesota State University MoorheadOperations ManagementB.S.

Additional Program Resources

Approximate Tools Cost: $2,500

First Year Requirements

Safety Glasses

Tool Chest
7 Drawer Lower Tool Chest

Socket Sets
3/8” Drive Sockets
3/8” to 15/16”

1/2” Drive Sockets
7/16” to 1 1/8”

3/8 Drive Deep Sockets 3/8 to 7/8
3/8 Drive 8mm to 19mm Socket Set

1/2” Drive Tools
Reversible Ratchet
Hinge Handle
6” Extension
12” Extension

3/8” Drive Tools
Reversible Ratchet
Flex Head Ratchet
2” Extension
6” Extension
13/16” & 5/8” Spark Plug Socket

¼ Drive Tools
Reversible Ratchet Etension
Standard Socket Set
Metric socket Set

Combination Wrenches
3/8 “ to 1” Wrench Set (11 pcs)
8mm to 17mm Wrench Set (10 pcc)

Screw Driver Set
Standard Tip Screwdrivers
5/16” , 3/8”, 7/16’ tip width
Pocket Screwdriver
Phillips Screwdrivers
#1, #2, #3 tips
23 Piece Magnetic Screwdriver Set

Ball Pein, 16 oz
Plastic Tip Hammer

Slip Joints
Diagonal Cutting
Arc Joint
Snap Ring (Jaw Type)

2’ – 3’ Jumper Wires
6” T Rule
O-Ring Pick
Hack Saw 12”
Fractional Hex Key Set (10 pcs)
Flat Feeler Gauge (25 blades)
Putty Knife or Gasket Scraper
6 – 12 Volt Test Light
1 Pry Bar (Rolling Head 16”)
12” Adjustable Wrench
Hi Impedance Digital Volt-Ohm Meter
1/4” Drive Tool Set
1/2” to 3/8” Drive Adapter
3/8” to 1/2” Drive Adapter
1/2” Drive Torque Wrench
(25 to 250 ft. lb.)
Roll of Electrical Tape
Spark Plug Wire Gage
Battery Plier
Battery Clamp Spreader/cleaner
Battery Post Cleaner
5/16” GM Battery Terminal Wrench

Punch and Chisel Set
Chisels 3/8”, 1/2” Cuts
Pin Punches 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”
Starter Punches 1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8”
Center Punch

Second Year Requirements

1/2” Pneumatic Wrench
1/2” Drive Impact Socket
Ball Pein Hammer, 32 oz.
Air Nozzle ( blow gun)
Files 10” round, 12” flat w/handles
10 ft. Measuring T ape
Screws Extractor Set
Set of Drill Bits
Inspection Mirror
Wire Crimper Stripper
Tire Air Chuck
Tire Pressure Gage
Tire Thread Depth Gage
Timing Light
Hand Vacuum Pump Kit
3/8” Drive Torx Bit Set
3/8” Drive Torque Wrench

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