Automotive Advanced Engine Performance and Electrical

at Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Program Details

  • Award: Certificate
  • Credits: 19
  • Delivery: Face-to-face
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

The automotive technician inspects, tests and diagnoses vehicles to determine repairs required. Technicians start engines and listen for sound indicative of malfunctions, drive vehicles noting performance of parts such as clutch, gears and brakes, analyze motor for cylinder compression, fuel consumption, wheel alignment, and steering using a variety of testing devices. The automotive technician plans work procedures using charts, technical manuals and experience. A variety of lifting devices are used to gain access to the underside of vehicles. Disassembling units, such as engines, transmissions and differentials to inspect parts for wear is also done by a technician. Wear will be measured using micrometers, calipers and thickness gages. They may repair and replace parts. General auto service of vehicles may also be a part of the automotive technicians duties.

Program Locations

  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Jackson 56143

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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Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
1450 Collegeway Worthington, MN 56187 Toll-Free: (800) 658-2330 Local: (800) 658-2330 TTY: (800) 658-2330 Email: info@mnwest.edu