Automotive Technology

Automotive Shop


What type of job can I get?

Automotive Technician

Automotive Mechanic


Job outlook & wages

Median Wage in MT*:  $33,400

Median Wage in US*:  $35,790

Expected Growth in MT*:  13.2%

Expected Growth in US*:  4.7%

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau



Associate of Applied Science – Automotive Technology


What you’ll learn

The Automotive Technology curriculum consists of eight areas of study as defined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).  This nonprofit corporation is dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair as well as assisting in training and program development throughout the nation.  The eight content areas of study, along with the College’s general education requirements, are structured into four groups with all eight areas of study being offered during a two-year period.  Successful completion of this program will enable students to enter the automotive job market.

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe shop practices and hazardous material handling
  • ​Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems to NATEF Standard
  • ​Diagnose and repair automotive engine performance, fuel, and emission control systems to NATEF Standard
  • Diagnose and repair automotive brakes suspension, and steering systems to NATEF Standard
  • ​Diagnose and repair automotive internal combustion engine systems to NATEF Standard.
  • ​Diagnose and repair automotive powertrain systems (manual and automatic transmission/transaxles and drive axles) to NATEF Standard
  • Diagnose and repair automotive heating and air conditioning systems as to NATEF Standard

Program cost

$8,000 - $8,500 (Includes cost for tools, coveralls, and red rags as requirement of program)


Potential employers

Major dealerships, Independent and specialty shops, Transmission shops, Government motor pools, and Fleet maintenance

We Support ....

ASE NATEFInstructors

Dave Jones

Joe Zimmerman

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