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Automotive Service Technology

at Ridgewater College

Program Details

  • Award: Associate in Applied Science
  • Credits: 72
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

Students in the Automotive Service Technology program are prepared in all phases of auto repair, from basic maintenance to complex diagnostic procedures. Because of the variety of work, technicians must be familiar with electrical and computer-controlled systems, transmissions, and electronic fuel injection.

The Automotive Service Technology program offers students an opportunity to gain expertise with state-of-the-art equipment like in dealerships, including:

&�Computerized diagnostic units
&�Computer alignment centers
&�Brake lathes
&�Transmission dynamometers
&�Transmission/fuel injection analysis equipment

In the Automotive Service Technology program, students learn to diagnose and correctly repair engines, transmissions, electrical and fuel systems, alignment, brakes, computerized engine controls, air conditioning, and many other areas. With a full service parts center on campus, students&� shop experience will be almost identical to a modern automotive repair shop, including computerized repair orders, live customer repair work, parts ordering, and estimating.

The Automotive Service Technology program is certified by NATEF, the educational arm of ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). ASE certification through NATEF evaluation ensures that certified training programs meet or exceed industry recognized uniform standards of excellence. The instructors are all ASE master-certified and teach in their area of expertise

Program Locations

  • Ridgewater College, Willmar 56201

Labor Market Information

  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

  • Median wage: $17.77/hour-Below the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
  • Motor Vehicles Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers

  • Median wage: $14.29/hour-Below the median
  • Employment outlook: Shrinking
  • Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers of Transportation Equipment

  • Median wage: $27.01/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
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Ridgewater College
Ridgewater College
2101 15th Ave NW Willmar, MN 56201 Toll-Free: (800) 722-1151 Local: (320) 222-5200 TTY: (800) 627-3529