Automotive Technician

Automotive Technician

Technical Diploma

Automobiles today are no longer merely mechanical. We enjoy the perks of driving ourselves from one place to another in a high-tech machine, but maintaining and repairing our vehicles is no longer within reach for most owners. We rely on skilled automotive technicians to keep us moving.

A Closer Look

Automotive technicians inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. They work on traditional mechanical systems as well as a growing number of electronic systems controlled primarily by computers. Always problem solvers, they troubleshoot using computerized diagnostic equipment. They also perform basic care and maintenance tasks like changing oil, checking fluid levels, rotating tires, and repairing or replacing worn parts.

Some automotive technicians are jacks of all trades and work on many different types of car problems. Others may specialize in certain types of car repairs, such as those involving transmissions, engines, or air conditioning systems.


What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Automotive Technician program gives students the experience and skills they need to diagnose and repair today’s vehicles. The program emphasizes engine and transmission repair, the drive train and axles, suspension and steering systems, brakes, electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.

You’ll receive instruction from industry experts and have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including a variety of hand and power tools and complex electrical diagnostic equipment. Hands-on learning and opportunities to diagnose and repair cars for real customers will have you ready to enter the workforce with confidence.


Careers

  • Automotive Machine Shop Technician
  • Automotive Parts Salesperson
  • Automotive Technician Specialist
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Small Engine Technician
  • Specialty Shop Technician

Your Instructors

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

CURT ANDRES

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 MINICKI

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.

Courses

Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10605108 Intro to Electronics 2.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
32404307 Suspension & Steering Systems 5.00
32404308 Braking Systems-Automotive 5.00
32404375 Service Practices in Transportation Industry 1.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 2
10462116 Metal Fabrication 3.00
32404311 Electrical Systems-Auto 5.00
32404324 Engine Repair 5.00
32404330 Applied Fluid Power 2.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 3
10404101 Electronic Control System Programming 3.00
10801199 Employment Strategies 3.00
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10102130 Career Development 3.00
31809351 Applied Human Relations 2.00
32404323 Automatic Transmissions 5.00
32404325 Manual Transmissions 5.00
32806351 Applied Science 2.00
(20 Credits)
Term: 4
32404312 Advanced Electrical Systems-Auto 5.00
32404320 Hybrid Systems-Auto 1.00
32404322 Heating/Air Conditioning 3.00
32404326 Fuel Control System-Auto 5.00
32404376 Advanced Drivability - Auto 1.00
(15 Credits)
Total Credits: 66