Automotive Service Technician

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Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

The Automotive Service Technician degrees from SCTCC prepare students for entry-level positions in the automotive repair industry. The standard for today’s vehicles delivers high performance, fuel economy, navigations, video, and many more technologies. Because of this, today’s Automotive Service Technicians need to be well educated and well trained.  

Graduates are proficient in using the latest equipment for wheel alignment, engine performance, electrical and electronic diagnosis, brakes, air conditioning, engine service, and drivetrain repair. 

We have a spacious, well-equipped, clean, bright automotive lab. 

  • Our classrooms are large and clean, complete with multimedia information delivery systems and state-of-the-art, interactive automotive systems simulators.  
  • Our program utilizes an environmental chamber where we can place a vehicle on a wheel dynamometer and vary the temperature inside the chamber from 85F to -20F, as well as regulate the humidity. With this equipment, we are able to study the effects of climate on vehicle performance and also to help diagnose problem vehicles.  
  • Due to the popularity of pick-ups with diesel engines, we have developed a course titled Light Duty Diesel.  
  • We use late-model vehicles for training, including a hybrid which we drive and maintain.  
  • Our lab is operated as an actual automotive repair facility, and 75% of the repairs our students learn to do in the lab are on “live” vehicles with genuine customer concerns.  
  • Our instructors are all Master Certified by ASE and have many years of experience in the field.  
  • Our Automotive Service Technician Program is NATEF certified, but our curriculum goes above and beyond that standard to help you achieve the higher level of understanding and practice a successful Automotive Service Technician needs today.
Emily Then
1st-year Automotive Service Technician Student
Originally form Sartell, MN
Automotive Service Technician
James Miller
2nd-year Automotive Service Technician Student
Originally from Pierz, MN
Automotive Service Technician

Skills Acquired

  • Demonstrate technical competence and entry level skills to become an auto service technician
  • Diagnose, maintain, adjust and repair automotive systems and equipment
  • Demonstrate effective and efficient use of available resources
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of test equipment and be in compliance with all environmental regulations 
3-year Placement Rate
Central MN hourly salary range

Career Choices

  • Service Technician 
  • Diagnostic Technician 
  • Aftermarket Parts specialist 
  • Service Advisor 
  • Service Manager 
  • Automotive Business owner 
  • Gateway to Automotive Engineering 
  •  Accessory Installation Specialist  

Potential Employeers

  • New automotive dealers, domestic or import 
  • independent repair shops.  
  • Motivated individuals could even open their own shop and be their own boss. 

Accreditations & Credentials

The Automotive Service Technician program is accredited by:

The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF)
101 Blue Seal Drive, Suite 101
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 669-6650


Discovery Academy students enrolled in the Discovery Academy AYES Automotive program, can transfer up to 16 credits to SCTCC. 

Students Enrolled in Discovery Academy AYES Automotive program are generating a SCTCC transcript and the credits are at low or no cost to the student.


Info Sessions

3:00 PM


Contact Us

James Allex
(320) 308-6528 

Byron Byker
(320) 308-1593 

Thomas Hansen
(320) 308-5901

Dwayne Hickman
(320) 308-5549

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect to pay $4015-4275 for books and materials.

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