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Automotive Technician


Video: Automotive Technician

Program Number: 32-404-2
School Year: 2018-2019
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

  • $30,417

Approximate Costs

  • $134.20 per credit (resident)
  • $201.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Fees shown are 2017-2018 fees; 2018-2019 fees will be available as soon as they are approved.
  • 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.   

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


Number Title Crs
Semester 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
602-104 Brake Systems 3
602-107 Auto Service Fundamentals 2
602-124 Steering and Suspension Systems 3
602-125 Electrical and Electronic Systems 1 2
804-107 College Mathematics 3
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 16
Semester 2
602-103 Engine Repair 1 2
602-127 Electrical and Electronic Systems 2 3
602-128 Electrical and Electronic Systems 3 3
602-133 Shop Simulation/Internship 1 2
602-197 Engine Performance 1 3
801-310 Occupational Communication 2
 - OR - 
801-136 English Composition 1 3
806-376 Applied Physics 2
 - OR - 
806-143 College Physics 1 3
Total 17
Semester 3
602-123 Engine Repair 2 3
602-134 Shop Simulation/Internship 2 2
602-196 Climate Control Systems 3
602-198 Engine Performance 2 4
809-300 Occupational Success Strategies 2
 - OR - 
801-136 English Composition 1 3
Total 14
Semester 4
602-109 Auto Transmission/Transaxle 4
602-132 Light Duty Diesel Engine Operation 2
 - OR - 
602-137 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Systems 2
602-135 Shop Simulation/Internship 3 2
602-149 Manual Drive Train and Axles 4
602-195 Advanced Chassis Systems 2
Total 14
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 61

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.

Program Guide

For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

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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