Why choose Automotive Technician?
- Automobiles today are high-tech machines. Automotive technicians are the highly skilled experts who keep us moving.
- Get the training you need to inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks, and work on traditional mechanical systems as well as a growing number of electronic systems controlled primarily by computers.
- This career is for problem solvers who would love to troubleshoot using computerized diagnostic equipment.
Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494
Full-Time or Part-Time
Varying Class Schedule
Length of Program: Two Years
Start Dates: Fall
(Start at any time or location by taking general education courses)
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.
Estimated Entire Program Cost
Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.
- Tuition & Fees: $10,634.55
- Books: $292.50
- Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $390.00
- Total Estimated Cost: $11,317.05
Financial Aid Eligibility
This program is eligible for full Financial Aid
This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.
|32404307||Suspension & Steering Systems||5|
|32404375||Service Practices in Automotive Industry||1|
|10457119||Fabrication Fundamentals 1||1|
|32404340||Intro to Electricity for the Automotive Industry||1|
|31442321||Welding Foundations 2||1|
|31442320||Welding Foundations 1||1|
|Term Total||17 Credits|
|32404330||Applied Fluid Power||2|
|Term Total||12 Credits|
|32404313||Electronic Control Systems||2|
|Term Total||15 Credits|
|32404312||Advanced Electrical Systems-Auto||5|
|32404326||Fuel Control System-Auto||5|
|32404377||Business Practices in the Transportation Industry||1|
|Term Total||15 Credits|
|Program Total||59 Credits|
CURT ANDRES, BS, MS
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 MANICKI, BS
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.”
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- Specialty Shop Technician
High school students are eligible to enroll in this program and all courses required. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track.
Take the Next Step
“Mid-State’s hands-on learning, convenient scheduling, updated technology, and instructors who can relate to the field have all helped me become successful and even advance in my career in under a year.”
Choose Your Path
Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.
Transfer • Dual Credit • Credit for Prior Learning