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. Future job opportunities for automotive technicians are expected to be plentiful. Learners taking the Automotive Technology Associate Degree program 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. 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). Potential occupations include: Automotive Technician, Specialty Technician, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Master Technician and Fleet Technician (Commercial).

Approximate Cost

$13,598
Tuition: $10988 , Books: $2610

Starting Salary

$23,140
Average, based on the annual Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

Students Enjoy…

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

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
COLLEGE PHYSICS 1 3.00

Third Term

AUTO TRANSMISSION/TRANSAXLE 4.00
ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 3 3.00
HYBRID DRIVETRAINS 2.00
ADVANCED CHASSIS SYSTEMS 2.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00

Fourth Term

CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS 3.00
ENGINE PERFORMANCE 1 3.00
ENGINE PERFORMANCE 2 4.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
ECONOMICS 3.00

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

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

School Name Degree Name
Colorado State University-Global Campus B.S. in Business 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
Ferris State University Automotive Management
Marian University Technology Education

Additional Information

Driver’s Record

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

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Fill out our application

The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.