Program Description

The Automotive Technology Associate Degree program provides entry-level skills necessary to enter into and excel in the automotive service and repair industry. Automotive theories are built upon by extensive hands-on training in an active shop environment. The automotive industry has a high demand for qualified technicians who complete automotive training programs. Learners may build upon their education and experience to find employment in managerial and supervisory roles as well. Many technicians with advanced skills eventually find employment with manufacturers of new vehicles or their suppliers, or related businesses within the transportation industry.

Accreditation Information: The Automotive Technology Associate Degree program is accredited as a Master Automobile Service Technician (MAST) program. The highest obtainable automotive program level by the National Automotive Technician's Education Foundation (NATEF).

Approximate Cost

$12,144
Tuition: $11056 , Books: $1088

Starting Salary

$27,040–$54,340
Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

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Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
20-30%
at Antigo
20-30%
at Medford
20-30%
at Phillips
20-30%
at Spencer
20-30%
at Wittenberg
20-30%
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of automotive hybrid drivetrains
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of automotive engine performance systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of automotive heating and air conditioning systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of automotive electrical/electronic systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of automotive brake systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of automotive steering and suspension steering systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of automotive manual drive train and axles systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of automotive automatic transmission/transaxle systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of automotive internal combustion engines
  • Demonstrate professionalism appropriate for the auto service industry

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Fleet Technician (Commercial)
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Master Technician
  • Specialty Technician
  • Automotive Technician

Courses

The Automotive Technology Associate Degree is a 64 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

ENGINE REPAIR 1 2.00
AUTO SERVICE FUNDAMENTALS 2.00
ENGINE REPAIR 2 3.00
STEERING & SUSPENSION SYSTEMS 3.00
ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 1 2.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00

Second Term

SERVICE ADVISOR TECHNIQUES 2.00
AUTOMOTIVE WELDING 1.00
BRAKE SYSTEMS 3.00
ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 2 3.00
MANUAL DRIVE TRAIN AND AXLES 4.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Third Term

AUTO TRANSMISSION/TRANSAXLE 4.00
ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 3 3.00
HYBRID DRIVETRAINS 2.00
ADVANCED CHASSIS SYSTEMS 2.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Fourth Term

CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS 3.00
ENGINE PERFORMANCE 1 3.00
ENGINE PERFORMANCE 2 4.00
COLLEGE PHYSICS 1 3.00
ECONOMICS 3.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Accreditation

The Automotive Technology Associate Degree program is accredited as a Master Automobile Service Technician (MAST) program. The highest obtainable automotive program level by the National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF).

Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Ferris State University Automotive Management
Minnesota State University - Moorhead B.S. in Operations Management
Pennsylvania College of Technology Automotive Technology Management
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Applied Science
Southern Illinois University B.S. in Automotive Technology
UW Platteville Industrial Technology Management

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Additional Information

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Driver’s Record

Maintaining a valid and clean driving record is important for your success in this industry.

Licensure/Certification Information

NTC's Automotive Technology Associate Degree is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin's certification criteria. However, NTC has not made a determination whether this program meets certification requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional certification elsewhere in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the NTC program meets certification requirements.

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