Automotive Service Technician
28 Credits | 1 Year
Career Cluster: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
The Automotive Service Technician program will prepare you with the needed skills to service and repair today's high-tech vehicles. The automotive industry has many career options for automotive technicians including working at automotive dealerships, independent repair shops, fleet services and more.
The nine-month program is designed to provide you with skills necessary for entry-level automotive industry positions. You will learn automotive maintenance, repair and diagnosis. As an Automotive Service Technician, you may work on a variety of cars and light trucks or specialize in specific automobile brands or types, depending on your place of employment. A career in automotive service and repair offers a variety in day-to-day work, along with the sense of a job well done when returning a repaired vehicle to its owner.
Automotive Service Technician graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate professionalism appropriate for the auto service industry
- Perform maintenance and light repair of automotive brake systems
- Perform maintenance and light repair of automotive electrical and electronic systems
- Perform maintenance and light repair of automotive steering and suspension systems
Northwood Tech's automotive programs are nationally certified through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).
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Nationally certified program.
The Automotive Service Technician program is offered at the Superior campus.
This program is nationally 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.
As an Automotive Service Technician student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way. Graduates of this program also earn a technical diploma in Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technician.
You can join the Automotive Club. The club helps to provide a deeper interest in the art and science of automotive by assisting you through activities and experiences that develop your professional skills.
Complete the Wisconsin Section 609 Air Conditioning test to earn the Automotive Service Excellence certification.
The Automotive Service Technician program includes studies in automotive fundamentals, electrical systems, engine mechanical systems, brakes, steering and suspension, body electrical systems and engine performance.
Automotive Service Technician is Part of a Career Pathway
As an Automotive Service Technician student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way.
This technical diploma is embedded in the Automotive Service Technician program.
Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technician
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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.
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.
Tools are available for Automotive Service Technician students to use while in the lab.
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.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2023-24*
Automotive Service Technician
28 Credits | 1 Year
$3,750 for Tools, Supplies, and Uniforms (Tools are available for students to use while in the lab)
*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 Service Technician Program
Upon completion of the program, you will earn Automotive Service Technician and Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technician technical diplomas. Continue your education at Northwood Tech in the Automotive Technician technical diploma program.
Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond.
Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.
Automotive Service Technician is accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation.
ASE Education Foundation 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.
Learn more at www.aseeducationfoundation.org
Automotive Service 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.