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Automotive Service Technician Associate of Applied Science Degree

Location(s): In Person

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Program Overview

Major ID: 278A

Program Start Dates: Fall (AAS General Education credits can be taken any term)

Automotive repair requires trained technicians skilled in the use of testing equipment, special tools, and the latest information and specifications to service the many types of automobiles. Technicians diagnose trouble in any one of thousands of automotive components. They work with many new systems each year that require new service techniques and training. Some of these include air conditioning units, emission control devices, alternators, electronic ignition, and electronic fuel injection.

Students are prepared to take the ASE certification tests when they have completed the program. ASE certifies technicians nationwide.

Students should have good mechanical aptitude, be in good physical condition and have the ability to get along with others. Students also need to be able to read and process technical information.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities are expected to be plentiful for automotive technicians with technical training according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The department also states that the growing complexity of automotive technology, such as the use of electronic and emissions control equipment increasingly necessitates that cars be serviced by professionals.

The auto technician may work in a dealership garage, an independent garage, or as a specialist. Opportunities exist for a technician to become a shop service sales person, new car dealership service manager, or shop owner.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will be prepared to pass all 8 ASE tests.

  2. Graduates will have knowledge and skills in use of testing equipment, special tools, and specifications for servicing automobiles.

  3. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to diagnose problems in automotive systems.

  4. Graduates will be prepared for employment as Automotive Service Technicians.

  5. Graduates will have proficient communication skills for customer service.

  6. Graduates will have business and management skills required of an automotive service technician.

Program Faculty

John Purcell

David Vorderbruggen

Jake Yernberg

Tool Costs

Students will need to supply their own basic tools and tool box. The estimated cost for professional quality tools and tool box is approximately $2,000-$3,000. Tool vendors will be on campus during the first week.

Length of Program

This is a full-time, day and evening program. The program can be completed in four semesters. Students can enroll in the program only in the fall.

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to saintpaul.edu/Transfer.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of each semester in this program is a prerequisite for participation in the following semester.

Subtotal: 56 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

  • Goal 1: Communication 7 Credits

    ENGL 1711 - Composition 1  4 Credits
    COMM 17XX - 3 Credits
  • Goal 3 or Goal 4 3 Credits

    Goal 3: Natural Sciences 3 Credits
    Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 3 Credits
  • Goal 5: History, Social Science, and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits
  • Goal 6: Humanities and Fine Arts 3 Credits 

General Education Requirements: 16 Credits

Course Sequence

The following sequence is recommended; however, this sequence is not required. Contact Program Faculty with questions.

Total Semester Credits: 18

Total Semester Credits: 17

Third Semester

Total Semester Credits: 20

Total Semester Credits: 17

Any Semester

General Education requirement courses may be taken before, after or concurrently with the Automotive Service Technician courses.

General Education Requirements: 16 Credits

Total Program Credits: 72

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 240+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0721  or READ 0724   or EAPP 0860  

Writing: Score of 240+ or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0921  or EAPP 0870  

Arithmetic: Score of 237+ or grade of “C” or better in MATH 0745  

Shop/classroom visit recommended; student must have a valid driver’s license.

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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