As skilled professionals, automotive technicians accurately diagnose mechanical problems related to engine, transmission, fuel injection, suspension, HVAC and electrical systems. Students learn to maintain and repair engine, chassis, drive train, front-wheel drive, fuel injection, hybrid/electric drive and electrical and emission systems. Instruction involves classroom theory, demonstrations, computer applications and hands-on car repair.
The curriculum follows the standards defined by the Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation which ensures all training meets the highest standards. Students who graduate from this program will be able to work for independent repair facilities and dealerships in maintenance and light repair.
Automotive Manufacturer Educational Partnerships
Dakota County Technical College provides all students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program access to the Mercedes-Benz Campus program. Through this program, students will have access to some of the same training taken by Mercedes-Benz Technicians. Students will have the opportunity to start the process of becoming a Mercedes-Benz Registered Technician. While in the program, students will receive basic to intermediate technical training from campus instructors. Students who are selected for employment by area Mercedes-Benz dealers will gain industry experience through an internship.
Subaru-U Partner School
Dakota County Technical College provides all students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program access to the Subaru Knowledge, Information & Learning program. By infusing Subaru's Web-Based Training (WBT) into the existing curriculum, students have the ability to take most of the entry-level training that is required of all Subaru technicians. Students at participating Subaru-U partner schools can gain valuable knowledge of Subaru vehicle systems that can better prepare them for possible employment in any one of approximately 600 Subaru retailers nationwide.
Mopar Cap Local Partner School
Dakota County Technical College provides all students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program access to the Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP) Local program. Mopar CAP LOCAL schools have a set curriculum designed and developed by FCA. The curriculum includes a variety of self-study web-based courses and the Mopar CAP LOCAL curriculum covers levels 0 and 1. Work study is a primary component of Mopar CAP LOCAL. You will alternate between attending classes and working at a nearby CJDR dealership. This gives you a chance to apply what you have learned in class in a real-world setting with experienced Technicians. Upon completion of the Mopar CAP LOCAL program, you will have the training, the on-the-job experience and the hands-on know-how that dealerships look for when hiring new Technicians.
Volkswagen Academy Public Access
Dakota County Technical College provides all students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program access to the Volkswagen Academy Certification Resource Center for non-dealer learners. Students will have access to Volkswagen web-based training. These courses are elective and intended for learners who desire to increase their knowledge and skills in additional areas of interest. Training that is completed on this site can be transferred to a hiring Volkswagen dealer.