Automotive Tech


Aaron, MARESA Automotive Service Technology 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


Students enrolled in the automotive service technology associates degree or certificate program at NMU will learn how to develop a variety of knowledge and skills related to:

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

The diagnosis and repair of engine mechanical components such as:

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

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

Skills Learned

Skills learned may be applied to:

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

Job Opportunities

Job opportunities in automotive service:

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

Michigan and National Employment & 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 Changers


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

Students earn direct college credits from NMU at no cost.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification (Test required)

  • ASE and State certification tests are offered at the end of each semester

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's automotive programs are dedicated to preparing students for, and helping them secure, stable, long-term careers in the automotive service industry.

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.

Northern Michigan University’s automotive service technology program renews accreditation