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    automotive technician


      Video: Automotive Technician

      Program Number: 32-404-2
      School Year: 2019-2020
      Technical Diploma (2 year)
      Campus: Fond du Lac
      This program is eligible for financial aid

      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

      • $29,403

      Approximate Costs

      • $134.20 per credit (resident)
      • $201.30 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

      Visit the Admissions Page for details

      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

      Program Admission Requirement

      • 998-171 Auto New Student Orientation


      Semester 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
      804-107College Mathematics3
      890-101**College 1012
      Semester 2
      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
      806-1xxScience Course3
      Semester 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
      Semester 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.

      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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