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.
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.
This program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.
There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.
For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.
Congratulations to Automotive student Ryan Poppen of Moorhead, who was the first-place winner in the Automotive Service Technology category in the recent 2016 Minnesota SkillsUSA competition in Bloomington. He now advances to compete in the organization's national contest in Louisville, Ky., in June.
Poppen is a second-year student in the Automotive Technology program at M State's Moorhead campus. Also representing M State in the Minnesota SkillsUSA competition was Automotive Technology student Sean Helgeson of Moorhead.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. Its state and national competitions are based on industry-driven occupational skills standards.
Automotive instructors Shannon Mohn, Dennis Miller and Scott Ripplinger are the SkillsUSA advisors for automotive students on the Moorhead campus.
Automotive Service Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Automotive Service Technology Diploma
The automotive service technician works in an exciting and rapidly changing industry. Students in this program are trained to perform the service and diagnostic procedures necessary to keep vehicles operating properly. Students are trained in modern laboratories equipped with current service and testing equipment. Students entering this program should have good mechanical aptitude, good communication skills and the ability to read and comprehend service literature. Graduates of this program will have a variety of opportunities including drive line technician, driveability technician, alignment and suspension specialist, transmission specialist, service adviser and manager. Opportunities for advancement may include factory and dealer representatives, management and self-employment.
Automotive service technicians work in an exciting and rapidly changing industry. Students in this program will receive training in the many service and diagnostic procedures necessary to maintain our nation on wheels. Students are trained in modern laboratories equipped with current service and testing equipment. Students entering this program should have good mechanical aptitude, good communication skills and the ability to read and comprehend service literature. Graduates of this program will have a variety of opportunities including drive line technician, driveability technician, alignment and suspension specialist, transmission specialist, service adviser and manager. Opportunities for advancement may include factory and dealer representatives, management and self-employment.
Automotive Master Mechanic regional wage
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
For more information visit Career Coach.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
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.
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Snap-on welcomes M State students to its headquarters.
Stops on the Automotive Service Technology program's semi-annual auto trip in February 2016 included a visit to the headquarters of Snap-on, the international tool manufacturer located in Kenosha, Wis. For 18 students and instructor Dennis Miller, the week-long trip also included stops at the Milwaukee Auto Show, the Harley Davidson museum and engine plant and SkipperBud's marine business. Past auto trips have also included visits to the Detroit Auto Show, one of the world's largest auto industry showcases.
Last modified: April 14th, 2016 at 01:03pm