Program Description

The Automotive Technology Associate Degree program provides skills necessary to enter into and excel in the automotive service and repair industry. Automotive theories are built upon with support from extensive hands-on training in an active shop environment along with supportive and complementary general education courses to enhance practical vehicle maintenance knowledge. The automotive industry has a high demand for qualified technicians who complete automotive training programs. Learners may also build upon their education and experience to find employment in managerial and supervisory roles. 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 Technology program - the highest obtainable automotive program accreditation level recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). For more information visit

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Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $11,180
Books & Supplies: $1,360

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).
Wide interior view of NTC's automotive repair shop with several vehicles being worked on by student automotive technicians.

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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.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

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


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 and well rounded communications and numerical skills appropriate for the auto service industry


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

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


The Automotive Technology Associate Degree is a 68 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

College 101 1.00
College Physics 1 3.00
Automotive Service Safety 1.00
Basic Vehicle Maintenance 2.00
Underhood Maintenance 1.00
Tire Service 1.00
Cooling System Maintenance 1.00
Drivetrain Service 2.00
Brakes 1 2.00
Brakes 2 2.00
Automotive Service Experience 1 1.00

Second Term

Fundamentals Of Electricity 1.00
Engine Operation 2.00
Battery, Starting And Charging Systems 2.00
Engine Service 2.00
Steering And Suspension Service 2.00
Alignment 1.00
Body Electrical 1 2.00
Automotive Shop Experience 2 1.00
Psychology Of Human Relations 3.00
Intro To Psychology 3.00

Third Term

Body Electrical 2 2.00
Engine Diagnostics - Mechanical 1.00
Engine Sensors 2.00
Ignition Systems 2.00
Differentials 1.00
Fuel Systems 2.00
Evaporation And Emissions Control Systems 2.00
Automotive Shop Experience 3 1.00
Oral/interpersonal Communication 3.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00

Fourth Term

HVAC Service & Diagnostics 2.00
Manual Transmission Systems 2.00
Clutches 1.00
4WD / AWD Systems 1.00
Automatic Transmission Systems 2.00
Advanced Chassis Systems 2.00
Hybrid Drivetrains 2.00
Automotive Shop Experience 4 1.00
Microeconomics 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

If you begin with one of the following programs, you will earn significant credit towards this Automotive Technology Associate Degree:


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 Bachelor of Automotive Management
Minnesota State University - Moorhead Bachelor of Operations Management
Pennsylvania College of Technology Bachelor of Automotive Technology Management
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Applied Science
Southern Illinois University Bachelor of Automotive Technology
UW Platteville Bachelor of 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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Cost of Attendance

2024–2025 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semesters — Fall 2024 and Spring 2025.
Expenses Student Living With Parents (Home) Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)
In-State Tuition & Fees
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
In-State Tuition & Fees
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
Living Expenses (Housing & Food) $3,008 $9,147
Books / Supplies $1,465 $1,465
Transportation $4,017 $4,017
Personal Expenses $3,608 $3,608
Loan Fees $85 $85
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance

* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2024–2025 academic year. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

For the 2024–2025 academic year, the Wisconsin Resident tuition rate is $149.50 per credit and Out-of-State resident tuition is $224.25 per credit.

For the 2024–2025 academic year, Student Fees include: a minimum $5.00 material fee and a $13.15 per credit activity fee. A $4.00 per semester insurance fee will be assessed to students taking at least one course which has a scheduled session on campus.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

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We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about how the financial aid process works. Please feel free to reach out for more information.

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Additional Information

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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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