Automotive Technician

Automotive Technician

Major Description

As skilled professionals, automotive technicians accurately diagnose mechanical problems related to engine, transmission, fuel injection, suspension and electrical systems. Students learn to maintain and repair engine, chassis, drive train, front-wheel drive, fuel injection, and electrical and emission systems. Instruction involves classroom theory, demonstrations, computer applications and hands-on car repair.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the CPL page to learn more.

Automotive Technician Advisor & Instructors
Kerry Lurken
Kerry Lurken
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
Jeffrey Copeland
Jeffrey Copeland
Matt Boudinot
Matt Boudinot
Mark Brantner
Mark Brantner
Robert Engberg
Robert Engberg
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Program Costs*

Automotive Technician
  Automotive Technician
A.A.S. Degree – 72 credits
Automotive Technician
Diploma – 66 credits
Certificate – 18 credits
Tuition $168.95/cr. $168.95/cr. $168.95/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Tools/Equipment $3,500 $3,500 $3,500
Textbooks $275 $250 $125
Personal Property Fee $100 $100 $0
Grand Total $17.583.80 $16,416.40 $7,052.20
  Engines & Transmission
Certificate – 18 credits
Electrical, Electronics and HVAC
Certificate – 18 credits
Brakes, Suspension and Driveline
Certificate – 18 credits
Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair
Certificate – 16 credits
Tuition $168.95/cr. $168.95/cr. $168.95/cr. $168.95/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Tools/Equipment $3,500 $3,500 $3,500 $3,500
Textbooks $125 $125 $125 $125
Personal Property Fee $0 $100 $0 $0
Grand Total $7,052.20 $7,152.20 $7,052.20 $6,671.14

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

Financial Aid Inforgraphic
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Automotive Technician

Work Environment

Automotive technicians land jobs at dealerships, independent shops and specialty shops. They generally work indoors with good ventilation and lighting as well as strong safety precautions.

Job Outlook

According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow 12.4 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020, which is above the statewide average. ISEEK: "There will be a need for about 3,840 new Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics to meet market demand between 2010-2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth."

Salary Data

Potential Job Titles

  • Automobile Technician
  • Automobile Service Advisor
  • Automotive Repair Technician
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Service Manager
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Transfer Options

Automotive Technician

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Minnesota State University Moorhead BS Operations Management View
Minnesota State University Mankato BS Automotive Engineering Technology View

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

Automotive Technician

The Automotive Technician program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student and alumni success as well as the accomplishments of our instructors.

Automotive Technician Events

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Clubs & Organizations

Automotive Technician

As a student in DCTC's Automotive Technician program, you can advance your professional development by networking with industry leaders and fellow technicians as well as through involvement in student organizations on campus.

Student Involvement on Campus

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.

In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in Real Magazine, a DCTC publication.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.