Automotive Technology

Aaron, Marquette Senior High School Student “Every single day I come in, I learn something and this is the highlight of my day!”
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Career Focus

Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education.

The MARESA/NMU CTE Automotive program offers a half step toward the college atmosphere applicable to most any post-secondary context, curriculum in alignment with an affordable college degree - available locally, skills training targeted toward entry level employment, hands-on experience with modern technology and industry specific equipment, and a chance to try something new!

Who Can Attend

This class is typically available to students in grades 11 - 12.

Students attend class made up of other Marquette and Alger County high school & homeschool students at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex from 12:21 - 2:21.

Prerequisites: Helpful attributes and abilities to have are good math skills and excellent attendance

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Course Details

Knowledge & Skills

  • Workplace safety
  • Employability practices
  • Logical problem solving
  • Precision measurement
  • Electrical diagnostics

Diagnosis & Engine Repair Skills

  • Steering
  • Suspension and alignment
  • Brakes
  • Manual drivelines and axles
  • Electrical and electronic systems
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Automatic transmissions/transaxles
  • Proper engine performance


Other Applications

  • Mining operations
  • Heavy (diesel) equipment
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • Auto parts sales
  • Performance racing industries

Job Opportunities

  • Manufacturer specific dealerships
  • Independent repair facilities
  • Specialty service providers
  • Fleet maintenance and repair facilities

Michigan and National Employment and Wage Data

Bachelor's Degree or Higher

  • Career/Technical Education Teachers
  • General and Operations Managers

Associate's Degree, Long-Term Training & Apprenticeships

  • Automotive Body and Related Repairers
  • Automotive Glass Installers  and Repairers
  • Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
  • Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians 
  • Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians 
  • Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians

Certificate or Moderate-Term Training

  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 
  • Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers 
  • Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • Motor Vehicles, Electronic Installers
  • Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics
  • Tire Builders

High School Diploma or Equivalent & Short-Term Training

  • Automotive and Watercraft Service 
  • Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers 
  • Motorcycle Mechanics
  • Supervisors of Mechanics
  • Tire Repairers and Changer

Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a CTE class, as this is determined individually by school district.

College credit(s) possible

  • Students can earn up to 12 college credits from NMU
  • Students must earn a grade of 90% or better and be recommended by the instructor
  • Each college reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy
  • Contact your college(s) to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score

NMU courses satisfied

  • AUT 100 - Automotive Safety - NMU Credits Granted 1
  • AUT 110 - Powertrain Fundamentals - NMU Credits Granted 3
  • AUT 140 - Steering & Suspension Fundamentals - NMU Credits Granted 2
  • AUT 150 - Auto Brake Fundamentals - NMU Credits Granted 2
  • AUT 170 - Electrical & Electrical Systems I - NMU Credits Granted 4

Industry-recognized Certification

*Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliant

*Certificates from the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3):

*Credentials are nationally recognized, portable and stackable, which means students have the option of attaining more advanced credentials in the future.

NMU Automotive ranked #10 in nation and receives ASE Accreditation

NMU Automotive ranks #10 for Best Auto Mechanic Schools in the nation and recently earned the Automotive Service Excellence Blue Seal of Excellence!

The Technology and Occupational Sciences Department at NMU works closely in partnership with industry professionals and businesses to provide internships and employment opportunities for students, giving them knowledge, experience, and connections.

The curriculum centers on Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification standards. The hands-on technical courses are taught with small class sizes in specialized labs in a state-of the-art facility, the Jacobetti Complex.

The degree programs offered through the Technology and Occupational Sciences Department are designed to “ladder” so that the credits of a certificate or 2-year degree can be applied toward a more extensive degree, such as a B.S. in a related field, without having to make up for missing credits. To aid in this, NMU offers numerous scholarship opportunities.

ASE accreditation news story


NMU's Jacobetti Complex
2296 Sugar Loaf Ave
Marquette, MI 49855


Randy Klitzke

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Purpose of Automotive Program

The fundamental purpose of the MARESA/NMU CTE Automotive program is to provide students an opportunity they cannot otherwise gain elsewhere, to support the sustainability of our communities by introducing youth to career pathways, to provide a rigorous educational offering that facilitates students in being career and college ready, and to positively impact students’ lives now and in the future.


The automotive technology instructor is ASE Master Technician certified (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) and the program is ASE accredited.