Automotive Technology at NMU

The automotive service technician works in an exciting and technologically advanced industry. In this program, you are trained in a hands-on laboratory setting equipped with modern diagnostic and service equipment to perform the diagnostic, repair, and maintenance procedures necessary to keep today's vehicles operating properly. You will develop the knowledge and skills related to workplace safety, employability practices, and the diagnosis and repair of engine mechanical components, steering, suspension and alignment, brakes, manual drive lines and axles, electrical and electronic systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, automatic transmissions/trans axles and proper engine performance. 

Students entering this program benefit from having a mechanical aptitude and the ability to comprehend written service manual literature. 

Skills learned in the automotive technology program may also be applied to a variety of career opportunities beyond automotive service including employment in the mining, heavy (diesel) equipment, automotive manufacturing, auto parts sales, and the performance racing industries. 

Graduates are employed locally and regionally at dealerships, independent garages, service stations, automotive stores, and more.  Students are encouraged to take the state certification exam at the end of each semester in order to remain qualified for employment.

Median Earnings

$20/hr. 

Projected Job Growth

to 2029
+6% (Michigan)

Education Levels

of current workers
43% high school diploma
23% some college
12% associate degree
4% bachelor's degree


Earnings, job growth and education levels noted are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (National), and CareerOneStop/U.S. Department of Labor (Michigan).

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Automotive Service Technology

Students enrolled in the associate degree program complete the same technical courses as the automotive service certificate program plus liberal studies courses which further prepare them for employment as service technicians and may increase the opportunity to advance their career. 

For students interested in pursuing a degree beyond the associate, the credits earned in the Automotive Service Technology program are transferable to a baccalaureate degree program in industrial technology or technology and applied sciences with no loss of credit.

Automotive Maintenance Certificate

The automotive maintenance certificate program prepares graduates for employment in the automotive repair industry as maintenance and service technicians by providing skills training in all the major areas of automotive diagnosis and repair. Upon graduation, you will have several options relative to job placement including: specializing in a single area of automotive repair, focusing on the diagnosis and repair of specific automotive car lines at a dealership, or servicing a wide range of vehicles in most or all areas of repair in the independent sector.

Automotive Service Certificate

The automotive service certificate program prepares graduates for employment in the automotive repair industry as maintenance and service technicians by providing skills training in all the major areas of automotive diagnosis and repair. Upon graduation, you will have several options relative to job placement including: specializing in a single area of automotive repair, focusing on the diagnosis and repair of specific automotive car lines at a dealership, or servicing a wide range of vehicles in most or all areas of repair in the independent sector.

Professional Automotive Service Technology Program A.A.S. Degree – 65 Credit Hours 

Liberal Studies 15
EN 111 College Composition I 4
EN 211D Technical and Report Writing 4
Electives from Division I - Division VI 7

 

Health Promotion 1
HP 200 Physical Well Being 1

 

Technical Concentration* 49
AUT 100 Automotive Lab/Industry Safety 1
AUT 105 Automotive Mathematics or 4
MA 100 Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 4
AUT 162 Steering, Suspension and Alignment 4
AUT 164 Engine Repair 4
AUT 166 Manual Drive Trains and Axles 4
AUT 170 Electrical/Electronic Systems I 4
AUT 230 Heating and Air Conditioning 4
AUT 262 Engine Performance I 4
AUT 264 Engine Performance II 4
AUT 291 Automotive Service Repair SOEs 4
AUT 272 Electrical/Electronic Systems II 4

*Students must have a minimum grade of “C” and a grade point average of 2.25 for all technical concentration courses. 

Contact Us

Professional Automotive Service Technology Program
Randal Klitzke, Assistant Professor
raklitzk@nmu.edu
(906) 227-1539

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