• Program: Automotive Technology
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 72
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The Automotive Technology degree prepares the student in all areas of the automobile and light truck for service, diagnosis and repair at an entry level. An Automotive Technician will diagnose, determine condition, estimate cost of repair and replace or repair various components in engines, powertrains, suspensions, brakes, electrical systems, fuel systems, emission controls and computer controlled systems.

Career Opportunities

Due to increased vehicle ownership, longer useful life of vehicles and increased maintenance requirements of new and complicated automotive systems, the demand for trained automotive technicians is at an extremely high level and is increasing annually. A wide range of employment opportunities exist in dealerships, fleets, mass merchandisers, independent garages and service stations. The degree program also provides opportunities for advancement into shop management positions such as shop foreman, service manager and shop owner.

Award Outcomes:

  • Evaluate scan tool readings.
  • Evaluate vehicle suspension systems.
  • Evaluate engine condition using precision instruments.
  • Interpret wiring diagrams.
  • Perform digital multimeter (DMM) measurements.
  • Use transmission test equipment.
  • Analyze heating ventilation/air conditioning systems.
  • Interpret electronic service information.
  • Diagnose hydraulic system components.
  • Analyze driveline components.
  • Determine customer vehicle repair needs.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 57 Credits
General Education Requirements 12 Credits
  • ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
  • ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
  • PHYS2001 Introductory Physics 3
  • Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 5 3
  • Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 7 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 3 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College‚Äôs 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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