Certificate — Automotive Service

This 16-credit certificate prepares graduates for immediate employment as an automotive service technician, offering the necessary education and hands-on training to cultivate a successful career in the industry.

Coursework toward this certificate will focus on powertrain systems, steering and suspension, automotive transmissions, automotive electrical, and motorsports fabrication.


Demand for automotive service technicians and mechanics is considered very high, with projections stating that upwards of 3,700 new automotive service technicians will be needed to meet market demand between 2012 and 2022. The median pay, statewide, is slightly above $17 an hour, and here in northwest Minnesota it is about $16 an hour.

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Next Steps

All credits earned through this certificate may be applied toward the Automotive Service Technology diploma program or the Automotive Service Technician (AAS) degree program at NTC.

College Readiness

A student may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Degree Requirements

Course #Course NameCredit
AMST 1002Introduction to Automotive Electrical/Electronics4.00
AMST 1105Steering and Suspension4.00
AMST 1130Automotive Electrical II4.00
MOTO 2225Motorsports Fabrication I2.00
MOTO 2231Motorsports Fabrication II2.00
Total Credits: 16