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auto maintenance technician


    Program Number: 31-602-3
    School Year: 2017-2018
    Technical Diploma (1 year)
    Campus: Fond du Lac

    Program Description

    The automotive industry is changing due to vehicles that deliver improved fuel economy, complex safety systems, higher performance, and added comfort features. Moraine Park Technical College’s one-year Auto Maintenance Technician program will give students a great start to an automotive career. Students will develop skills to obtain employment to diagnose, service, and repair automobiles and light trucks.

    If students decide to continue their education, all credits transfer to the two-year Automotive Technology associate of applied science degree.

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $28,077

    Approximate Costs

    • $132.20 per credit (resident)
    • $198.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Program Outcomes

    • Demonstrate professionalism appropriate for the auto service industry.
    • 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/electronic systems.
    • Perform engine parts identification and mechanical test procedures.
    • Perform ignition and fuel system tests and repairs.
    • Prepare for ASE certification testing.

    Career Opportunities

    • Light Maintenance Technician
    • Entry Level Automotive Repair Technician
    • Under-Car Technician
    • Parts Specialist
    • Service Writer/Consultant

    Admission Process

    • Submit the college admission application.   
    • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
    • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
    • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
    • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

    Gainful Employment

    The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

    Gainful Employment Data

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    Program Admission Requirement

    • 998-171 Auto New Student Orientation


    Term 1
    103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    602-104Brake Systems3
    602-107Auto Service Fundamentals2
    602-124Steering and Suspension Systems3
    602-125Electrical and Electronic Systems 12
    623-105Metals for Technicians1
    801-136English Composition 13
    804-107College Mathematics3
    890-101**College 1012
    Term 2
    442-101Welding for Automotive Technicians1
    602-103Engine Repair 12
    602-127Electrical and Electronic Systems 23
    602-128Electrical and Electronic Systems 33
    602-197Engine Performance 13
    806-137Comprehensive Technical Physics4
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements36

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Academic Planner

    Current students, please see your Advisor for your academic planner.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.