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Automotive Service Technician

Automotive Service Technician Associate of Applied Science Degree
Automotive Service Technician Diploma

Program Overview

The Saint Paul College Automotive Service Technician programs train students to use testing equipment, special tools, and the latest information and specifications to service the many types of automobiles. Students will learn to diagnose trouble in various automotive components and work with the latest systems and service techniques. 

Training also includes service and repair of emission control devices, alternators, electronic ignition, and electronic fuel injection. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment of automotive service technicians will continue to increase.​

Admission to the Automotive Service Technician Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree program requires completion of the Automotive Service Technician Diploma program, or concurrent enrollment in the second year of the diploma program.

Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​​

Program Highlights

  • Use of diagnostic equipment and procedures
  • Component replacement and rebuilding
  • Proper use of hand and power tools
  • Operation of multi-meters, lab scopes, and gas analyzer
  • Servicing brake, suspension, transmission, differentials, heating & air conditioning, electrical and fuel systems 

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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    ​​AAS Degree Admission Requirement
    Admission requires completion of the Automotive Service Technician Diploma, or concurrent enrollment in the second year of the diploma program.

    ​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.​​

  • Career Settings

    • Independent garages
    • Dealership garages
    • Specialist shops
    • Own your own shop
    • Mass merchandise shops
    Potential Employers
    • Ford, Chrysler and GM
    • Goodyear
    • Firestone
    • Honda
    • Tires Plus
    • State of Minnesota
    • Toyota 

  • Transfer Pathways

    ​Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following programs and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. 

    For more information please go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​​

    Automotive Service Technician AAS

    • BS Operations Management,  Minnesota State University-Moorhead​
    • BS Automotive Engineering Technology, Minnesota State University-Mankato

    Automotive Service Technician Diploma

    • BS Operations Management,  Minnesota State University-Moorhead​​
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  • Additional Benefits

    • Learn from experienced instructors who teach in a "hands on" environment.
    • Enter the work force with specialized training using current equipment and technology.
    • Acquire appropriate preparation for ASE certification.
    • Possible part-time employment while going to school.
    • Advanced placement in the automotive field.


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  • Meet the Faculty


NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation, Inc.) certified.

Career Information

Information provided by http://www.careerwise.minnstate.edu.

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