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Automotive Technology

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Automotive Technology program overview

Looking for the key to success as an automotive professional? Start at HTC where you will become highly skilled in using sophisticated diagnostic and repair equipment. It is all part of your training in the diagnosis, repair, and preventive maintenance of automobiles and light trucks. You will learn from highly qualified instructors and be ready to diagnose, determine condition, and repair or replace various components in engines, transmissions, differentials, air conditioners, fuel systems, emission controls, ignition and electrical systems, and brakes and suspensions. You will gain the skills employers are looking for in an automotive technician. That is why great training at HTC puts you on the road to success.

Program information

  • Class Time: Day and Evening
  • Semester: Fall or Spring Semester
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park Campus and Eden Prairie Campus
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Tools required

A tool list will be provided on the first day of class and instructors will work with students to help them create an individualized tool purchasing plan. Various suppliers provide tools at a discounted price to students enrolled in the program and range between $500 - $5000. 

Skills required

If you're ready to Get Started, you can begin the admissions process now. If you have questions, contact Enrollment Services for helpful information.

job Outlook

As the population grows, so will the number of motor vehicles. All those new cars and trucks, as well as the old ones, will require maintenance and service. While maintenance can be put off for a short period, car owners are more likely to keep this up even when the economy is poor. This is because most people rely on their vehicles.

Most jobs for mechanics are at repair shops and auto dealerships. The number of jobs at these locations will continue to grow. Faster growth may occur at shops that specialize in oil changes, brake repair, and other minor repairs. The number of jobs for mechanics at fuel stations will continue to decline.

Employment Outlook Disclosures:

Industry partners

The purpose of advisory committees is to promote partnerships between career and technical education, business, labor and the communities they serve. Advisory committee members provide input on program structure, curriculum, technology, and student preparation.

Accreditation and Affiliations

NATEF-National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
NATEF was founded as an independent, non-profit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommend qualifying programs for certification (accreditation) by ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
Hennepin Technical College is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2003, HTC became a member of the HLC Academic Quality Improvement Program.
MACS - Mobile Air Conditioning Society
IATN - International Automotive Technician Network
ASE - Automotive Service Excellence
MTTIA - Minnesota Teachers of Transportation and Industrial Areas
NACAT - North American Council of Automotive Teachers


If you choose to continue your education, visit the Minnesota Transfer website to see all current agreements.

Last updated by kohalloran : 2019-11-19 02:57:22