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automotive technician


    Video: Automotive Technician

    Program Number: 32-404-2
    School Year: 2017-2018
    Technical Diploma (2 year)
    Campus: Fond du Lac

    Program Description

    The Automotive Technician program is offered as a four-semester technical diploma. Students learn to diagnose, service and repair all eight major systems of the automobile, which includes engine mechanical, engine performance, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train, brakes, steering and suspension, climate control, and electrical and electronic systems. Mechanical aptitude, communication skills and an interest in the automotive industry are important to a successful automotive technician career. Graduates of the program may find employment as technicians in dealerships or other automotive repair facilities, service specialists, parts specialists, or as service writers/consultants. This program prepares students for ASE certification.

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $28,753

    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 internal combustion engines.
    • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of automotive automatic transmission/transaxles systems.
    • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of automotive manual drive train and axles systems.
    • 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.
    • Acquire certification for Federal EPA and State of Wisconsin in mobile refrigerant recovery and recycling.
    • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of automotive heating and air conditioning systems.
    • Perform diagnosis, service and repair of automotive engine performance systems.
    • Prepare for ASE certification testing.

    Career Opportunities

    • Automotive Technician
    • Automotive Specialist
    • Parts Specialist
    • Service Advisor/Writer

    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
    804-360Occupational Mathematics 12
     - OR - 
    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
    602-133Shop Simulation/Internship 12
    602-197Engine Performance 13
    801-310Occupational Communication2
     - OR - 
    801-136English Composition 13
    806-376Applied Physics2
     - OR - 
    806-137Comprehensive Technical Physics4
    Term 3
    602-123Engine Repair 23
    602-134Shop Simulation/Internship 22
    602-196Climate Control Systems3
    602-198Engine Performance 24
    809-300Occupational Success Strategies2
     - OR - 
    801-136English Composition 13
    Term 4
    602-109Auto Transmission/Transaxle4
    602-132Light Duty Diesel Engine Operation2
     - OR - 
    602-137Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Systems2
    602-135Shop Simulation/Internship 32
    602-149Manual Drive Train and Axles4
    602-195Advanced Chassis Systems2
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements62

    Institutional Requirements

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

    Additional Program Requirements

    Students must wear Moraine Park approved program uniform. Tool kit recommended for purchase for this program.

    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.

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