Do you have the drive to succeed as an automotive service technician? With M State’s training in state-of-the-art diagnostic and repair equipment, you’ll soon be on the road to success in an automotive career.
As a student in M State's Automotive Service Technology program, your training will focus on the diagnosis, repair and preventative maintenance of cars and light trucks. Program instructors are highly skilled with years of experience in private industry, and our graduates are recruited by businesses throughout the region.
An advisory board comprised of local and regional industry members reviews our curriculum, ensuring that students learn the skills needed by employers. The program and instructors are NATEF/ASE certified in all eight areas of automotive service.
July 5, 2018
Dylan Parsons' diligence and determination paid off with a 7th place finish in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference on June 25-29 in Louisville, Ky.
Parsons, 17, just completed his first year in the Automotive Technology program on the Moorhead campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College. He won the right to represent Minnesota in the national SkillsUSA competition by placing first in the high school category at the state Skills contest in March.
Parsons, who was a high school senior during his first year in college, enrolled at M State through the Postsecondary Enrollment Options program and graduated from Frazee High School in May. He took only one basic auto maintenance course in high school prior to enrolling at M State, but he's long been interested in working on vehicles.
"A lot of my family is big into working on cars," said Parsons, who never missed a day of classes despite having to drive 110 miles round trip from his home in Frazee to the Moorhead campus.
"So when students said they couldn't make it to class due to the weather, I'd point to Dylan," said automotive instructor Shannon Mohn, laughing.
Mohn accompanied Parsons to the SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, where an estimated 6,000 career and technical education students - all winners in their state competitions - competed in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields.
Parsons was competing against nearly 50 other students in the high school automotive category. In addition to hands-on demonstrations of their automotive skills, competitors took a written test and went through mock job interviews and resume writing.
After completing the second year of the Automotive Technology program next year, Parsons said he intends to work as an auto mechanic.
"I took him with me on a visit to a dealership in town, and he was offered a job before we left," said Mohn, adding that he and fellow Automotive Technology instructors Scott Ripplinger and Dennis Miller are "extremely proud" of Parsons' accomplishments.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in a trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Its state and national competitions are based on industry-driven occupational skills standards.
Automotive Service Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Automotive Service Technology Diploma
Automotive Master Mechanic regional wage
Graduates will find career opportunities as automotive technicians, automotive master mechanic, drive line technicians, drivability technicians, alignment and suspension specialists, service advisors and managers, and factory and dealer representatives.
Description: Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.
Typical education level:Vocational Certificate
For more information visit Career Coach.The wage & employment data displayed on this page is taken from Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics (SOC 49-3023).
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3,127 Employed in your area
138 Estimated annual job openings
510 Approaching retirement age
The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Automotive Master Mechanics in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.
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Snap-on welcomes M State students to its headquarters.
Stops on the Automotive Service Technology program's semi-annual auto trip in February 2016 included a visit to the headquarters of Snap-on, the international tool manufacturer located in Kenosha, Wis. For 18 students and instructor Dennis Miller, the week-long trip also included stops at the Milwaukee Auto Show, the Harley Davidson museum and engine plant and SkipperBud's marine business. Past auto trips have also included visits to the Detroit Auto Show, one of the world's largest auto industry showcases.
M State's Automotive Service Technology program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates from M State's program can transfer into MSUM's bachelor's degree programs in Operations Management and Construction Management.
Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities or colleges according to the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university or college they will be attending.
Last modified: July 5th, 2018 at 03:04pm