Automotive Maintenance Technician

Automotive Maintenance Technician

Technical Diploma

It’s true that automobiles today are increasingly high tech and computer controlled, but they continue to be hardworking machines with engines and complex systems of moving parts. Technicians who are skilled in the ongoing maintenance and repair of these classic components keep our cars and trucks running efficiently and safely—and they protect our investment.

A Closer Look

Auto maintenance technicians check mileage and service records and complete the work specified in the manufacturer’s service schedules. They also change engine oil and filters and check lubricant levels. They repair or replace components that are subject to wear, such as brake parts, steering and suspension components, tires, and exhaust system pieces.

If drivers report running problems, these mechanics are the frontline problem solvers who check the operation of the fuel and ignition systems to diagnose poor starting or heavy fuel consumption, and they know how to make the repair.

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Automotive Maintenance Technician program prepares students for entry-level automotive repair work with special emphasis on mechanical relationships, basic engine performance, and suspension systems.

You’ll learn from industry experts to test and maintain basic automotive systems. You’ll also apply the techniques learned in lecture in an automotive shop laboratory setting, with access to state-of-the-art hand and power tools and complex electrical diagnostic equipment. Graduates will have the confidence to start their careers in automotive repair facilities and retail service centers or may choose to continue their education by pursuing the Automotive Technician associate degree.


  • Automotive Apprentice
  • Automotive Parts Sales/Service
  • Automotive Service Attendant
  • Tire and Lubrication Technician

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Automotive Maintenance Technician program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Curt earned his master’s degree from Iowa State University. He holds several ASE certifications, including Master Auto Technician. To keep up to date on industry trends, he attends several training events yearly and takes science and technology courses from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“I enjoy seeing the growth of my students’ abilities throughout the year.”


Matt holds a bachelor’s degree from UW-Stout. Prior to Mid-State, he was assistant director at Tuner School, where he taught high-performance modifications and driving. Most of his experience is from the performance and exotic car market. Matt stays current on today’s vehicles by attending several training sessions each year and owning and operating a repair business.

“I love teaching at Mid-State because our small class sizes allow me to talk with students rather than at them. They also promote better student-to-student interaction.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $4,127.66
  • Books: $581.05
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $360.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $5,068.71

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
32404307 Suspension & Steering Systems 5.00
32404308 Braking Systems-Automotive 5.00
32404330 Applied Fluid Power 2.00
32404375 Service Practices in Transportation Industry 1.00
(13 Credits)
Term: 2
10462116 Metal Fabrication 3.00
32404311 Electrical Systems-Auto 5.00
32404324 Engine Repair 5.00
(13 Credits)
Total Credits: 26