Automotives Service Technician AAS (72 Credits)

Program Description

The Automotive Service Technician AAS Degree prepares students for entry-level positions in the automotive repair industry. Graduates will be proficient in using the latest equipment for wheel alignment, engine performance (including factory and generic scan tools), electrical and electronic diagnosis, brakes, air conditioning, engine service and drivetrain repair.

After reviewing comparable Minnesota State college programs, this program exceeds 60 credits for one or more of the following reasons: national or international program certification, national or international standards including skill standards, standards recommended by a primary employer or multiple employers, national specialized program accreditation, state licensure requirements, and/or national practices or standards.

Accreditation information: The Automotive Service Technician program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF), 101 Blue Seal Drive, Suite 101, Leesburg, VA 20175, (703) 669-6650,

The general education courses may transfer and are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include service technicians, service advisors and shop managers.

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Suggested Technical Studies Semester I
AUTO1508 Automotive Wheel Alignment 4 Credits
AUTO1510 Chassis Electrical 4 Credits
TRAN1503 General Service 3 Credits
TRAN1504 Electricity and Electronic Principles 3 Credits
TRAN1516 Scan Tool Data Acquisition 1 Credits
TRAN1518 Transportation Hazardous Materials 1 Credits
Suggested Technical Studies Semester II
AUTO1512 Engine Repair Theory 2 Credits
AUTO1516 Brakes 4 Credits
AUTO1523 Advanced Chassis Electrical 2 Credits
Suggested Technical Studies Semester III
AUTO2502 Engine Ignition and Emission Systems 4 Credits
AUTO2505 Engine Fuel and Emission Systems 5 Credits
AUTO2506 Principles of Torque Transfer 7 Credits
TRAN1520 Workplace Perceptions and Expectations 2 Credits
Suggested Technical Studies Semester IV
AUTO2511 Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Overhaul 3 Credits
AUTO2514 Heating and Air Conditioning 3 Credits
AUTO2520 Engine Driveability 3 Credits
AUTO2523 Advanced Electronic Systems 2 Credits
Technical Electives *Choose 4 Credits*
AUTO1514 Engine Repair Lab 4 Credits
AUTO2512 Driveline Repair 3 Credits
AUTO2540 Light Duty Diesel 2 Credits
General Education
MNTC Goal 1 - Communications 6 Credits
MNTC Goal 2 - Critical Thinking 3 Credits
MNTC Goals 3 through 10 6 Credits
Estimated cost for books and supplies: $4,275

PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice.