Automotive Technician

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Automotive Technician

Technical Diploma

54 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

Rice Lake

Career Cluster: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

If you enjoy technology and solving problems, you might find a career as an automotive technician challenging as well as rewarding. Automobiles today are no longer merely mechanical. Many enjoy driving from one place to another in a high-tech machine but maintaining and repairing vehicles is no longer within reach for most owners. Turn your passion for automobiles into a stimulating career. 

Program Overview

With an emphasis on hands-on experience, in the Automotive Technician program you'll learn essential service techniques including testing, repairing and rebuilding of basic automotive systems. Coursework will prepare you to diagnose and repair concerns in engines, drivetrains, brakes, electrical systems, steering, suspension, transmission systems as well as basic diesel, hybrid and alternative systems. 

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professionalism appropriate for the auto service industry
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive internal combustion engines
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive automatic transmission/transaxle system
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive manual drive train and axles systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive steering and suspension systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive brake systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive electrical and electronic systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive heating and air conditioning systems
  • Perform diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive engine performance systems
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Northwood Tech's automotive programs are nationally certified through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).


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Learn by doing. 

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Nationally certified program. 

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75% of graduates employed within six months.


The Automotive Technician program is offered at the Rice Lake campus.

This program is certified through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation.

The automotive programs at Northwood Tech have adopted certification(s) established by the National Coalition of Certifications (NC3). NC3 was established to address the need for strong industry partnerships with educational institutions in order to develop, implement, and sustain industry-recognized certifications that have strong validation and assessment standards. 

Career Pathways

As an Automotive Technician student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way. Graduates of this program also earn technical diplomas in Automotive Service Technician and Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technician. 

State-of-the-Art Technology

As a student of the program, you'll spend a lot of your time in the program's lab space using Northwood Tech's state-of-the-art equipment and technology. 

Experienced Instructors

Northwood Tech is large enough to serve you but small enough to know you. The experienced faculty are knowledgeable, approachable, and eager to help. The sizes of your classes will allow for the attention you deserve.

Required Courses

The Automotive Technician program includes courses in Automotive Fundamentals, Engine Repair, Suspension and Alignment, Automotive Transmissions, Advanced Body Electrical Systems, Welding for Mechanics, and more. 

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Featured Automotive Technician Courses

| 3 CR
This course is an introduction to automotive body electrical systems. Students will learn about various body electrical components and how to diagnose and repair body electrical systems. PREREQUISITES: 32404375 Automotive Fundamentals and 32404376 DC Automotive Electrical
| 4 CR
This course introduces the operation and repair of manual transmissions, transaxles, drivelines, differential assemblies, and transfer cases.
PREREQUISITE: 32404375 Automobile Fundamentals.
| 4 CR
This course provides students with hands-on practical experience in powertrain diagnosis. This course builds on basic skills and system theory gained in previous courses. PREREQUISITE: 32404381 Engine Performance

Automotive Technician is Part of a Career Pathway

As an Automotive Technician student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

This technical diploma is embedded in the Automotive Technician program.

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technician

Technical Diploma
11 Credits / 1 Semester
Potential Careers
Lube Technician, Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technician, Quick Service Technician
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You could take this first to earn a credential.

Technical Diploma
28 Credits / One Year / 2 Semesters Full Time
Potential Careers
Automotive Service Technician, Drivability Technician, Brake Technician, Suspension and Alignment Technician, Quick Service Technician, Lube Technician, Auto Service Writer and Automotive Parts Technician
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This is the program you’re looking at.

Technical Diploma
54 Credits / Two Years Full Time
Potential Careers
Brake Technician, Air Conditioning Technician, Auto Transmission Technician, Automotive Electrical Technician, Service Writer, Drive Train Technician, Suspension and Alignment Technician, Drivability Technician, Automotive Technician
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Continue your education to earn a bachelor's degree.

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships. 

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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2024-25*

Automotive Technician

54 Credits | 2 Years


$3,750 for Tools, Supplies and Uniforms  (Tools are available for students to use while in the lab)

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*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Automotive Technician Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn technical diplomas in Automotive Technician, Automotive Service Technician, and Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technician.

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Transfer Center

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Automotive Technician is accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation. 

ASE evaluates each program's structure, resources and quality of automotive service training. They review this against standards established by industry experts and offer ASE accreditation to programs that meet high quality requirements. 

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Automotive Technician is nationally certified through the ASE Education Foundation and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3). NC3 is a value-driven organization and the future model for Career and Technical Education, creating highly-skilled, job-ready professionals through a growing network of educational partners and global industry leaders.


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