• Automotive Service Technology

    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.

Automotive Service Technology

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Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Understand vehicle operating system theories
  • Diagnose vehicle operating system problems
  • Repair vehicle operating systems
  • Interpret service information

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Why M State

  • Exceptional education value
  • Small class sizes and personalized instruction
  • Service and diagnostic procedures taught using state-of-the-art equipment
  • Emphasis on hands-on learning
  • Opportunity to work with local dealerships and independent shops while enrolled in program
  • High placement rates for graduates


Automotive student wins gold in Minnesota SkillsUSA

Congratulations to Automotive student Ryan Poppen of Moorhead, who was the first-place winner in the Automotive Service Technology category in the recent 2016 Minnesota SkillsUSA competition in Bloomington. He now advances to compete in the organization's national contest in Louisville, Ky., in June.

Poppen is a second-year student in the Automotive Technology program at M State's Moorhead campus. Also representing M State in the Minnesota SkillsUSA competition was Automotive Technology student Sean Helgeson of Moorhead.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. Its state and national competitions are based on industry-driven occupational skills standards.

Automotive instructors Shannon Mohn, Dennis Miller and Scott Ripplinger are the SkillsUSA advisors for automotive students on the Moorhead campus.


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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Automotive Service Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Moorhead

Automotive Service Technology Diploma
Locations: Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Dennis Miller

Automotive Technology Instructor
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Shannon Mohn

Automotive Technology Instructor
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Scott Ripplinger

Automotive Technology Instructor
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Automotive Master Mechanic regional wage

Automotive Master Mechanic regional wage


Career opportunities

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

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The wage & employment data displayed on this page is taken from Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics (SOC 49-3023).

All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 60 miles away


Automotive Master Mechanic employment

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.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 452 14%
25-34 758 24%
35-44 634 20%
45-54 773 25%
55-64 383 12%
65+ 127 4%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

Snap-on welcomes M State students to its headquarters.

Snap-on welcomes M State students to its headquarters.


Industry Opportunities

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.


Required Automotive Service Technology courses

  • Alignment and Suspension I and II
  • Brakes I and II
  • Starting and Charging
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Engines I and II
  • Drive Trains I and II
  • Body Electrical/Mechanical I and II
  • Exhaust Analysis Fuel Systems
  • Electronic Powertrain Control I and II
  • Ignition Systems
  • Automatic Transmissions I and II
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Introduction to Transportation

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Automotive Service Technology

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.



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: June 15th, 2018 at 02:52pm