• Automotive Service Technology

    Do you have the drive to succeed as an automotive service technician? With M State’s training in state-of-the-art diagnostic and repair equipment, you’ll soon be on the road to success in an automotive career.


Automotive Service Technology

As a student in M State's Automotive Service Technology program, your training will focus on the diagnosis, repair and preventative maintenance of cars and light trucks. Program instructors are highly skilled with years of experience in private industry, and our graduates are recruited by businesses throughout the region.

An advisory board comprised of local and regional industry members reviews our curriculum, ensuring that students learn the skills needed by employers. The program and instructors are NATEF/ASE certified in all eight areas of automotive service.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Understand vehicle operating system theories
  • Diagnose vehicle operating system problems
  • Repair vehicle operating systems
  • Interpret service information


Why M State

  • Exceptional education value
  • Small class sizes and personalized instruction
  • Service and diagnostic procedures taught using state-of-the-art equipment
  • Emphasis on hands-on learning
  • Opportunity to work with local dealerships and independent shops while enrolled in program
  • High placement rates for graduates

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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Automotive Service Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes, Moorhead

Automotive Service Technology Diploma
Locations: Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Joseph Griffin
Automotive Service Technology
Detroit Lakes
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Dennis Miller
Automotive Instructor
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Mike Moeller
Auto Mechanics Instructor
Detroit Lakes
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Shannon Mohn
Auto Instructor
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Scott Ripplinger
Instructor - Auto Mechanics
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Automotive Service Technology


M State Auto Service Technology Program

Automotive Master Mechanic regional wage

Automotive Master Mechanic regional wage


Career opportunities

Graduates will find career opportunities as automotive technicians, automotive master mechanic, drive line technicians, drivability technicians, alignment and suspension specialists, service advisors and managers, and factory and dealer representatives.

Description: Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

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The wage & employment data displayed on this page is taken from Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics (SOC 49-3023).

All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Detroit Lakes


Automotive Master Mechanic employment

3,127 Employed in your area

138 Estimated annual job openings

510 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Automotive Master Mechanics in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 452 14%
25-34 758 24%
35-44 634 20%
45-54 773 25%
55-64 383 12%
65+ 127 4%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


Required Automotive Service Technology courses

  • Alignment and Suspension I and II
  • Brakes I and II
  • Starting and Charging
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Engines I and II
  • Drive Trains I and II
  • Body Electrical/Mechanical I and II
  • Exhaust Analysis Fuel Systems
  • Electronic Powertrain Control I and II
  • Ignition Systems
  • Automatic Transmissions I and II
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Introduction to Transportation

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: June 16th, 2015 at 11:44am