Automotive TechnicianTechnical 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.
- Automotive Machine Shop Technician
- Automotive Parts Salesperson
- Automotive Technician Specialist
- Maintenance Technician
- Small Engine Technician
- Specialty Shop Technician
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 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
|10605108||Intro to Electronics||2.00|
|32404307||Suspension & Steering Systems||5.00|
|32404375||Service Practices in Transportation Industry||1.00|
|32404330||Applied Fluid Power||2.00|
|10404101||Electronic Control System Programming||3.00|
|31809351||Applied Human Relations||2.00|
|32404312||Advanced Electrical Systems-Auto||5.00|
|32404326||Fuel Control System-Auto||5.00|
|32404376||Advanced Drivability - Auto||1.00|