Automotive Technology

Students work in the automotive shop at United Tribes Technical College

For More Information Contact:

Dale Pletan, Department Chair
Phone: 701.221.1422

Automotive technicians face a challenging future in the automotive field due to the increased complexity of the electronic controlled components. Government sources say the United States will need 32,000 new technicians every year just to keep up with the demand. The qualified automotive technician is assured full-time work and a favorable income.

The Automotive Technology (AUT) program provides theory plus the technical skills needed to enter the automotive repair job market. Upon completion, the graduate can continue a course of study in the field or pursue a career such as: Auto Specialist Line Technician, Service Manager, Shop Foreman, Service Consultant At The Apprentice/ Entry Level Position or as an owner of an independent repair facility.

Upon completion of the hours of each course, the graduate is qualified to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification test, a nationally recognized technician certification. UTTC automotive training facility is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment used in major dealerships and repair facilities.

The summer training session is required to allow the students to meet the minimum hours of training required by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF).

The Automotive Technology Program, working in conjunction with the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, qualifies students to take the nationally Approved Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.

Industry Expectations
Due to the stringent safety requirements and rigorous physical demands of operating specific tools, equipment, and machinery, students participating in the UTTC Heavy Equipment Operations, Welding, and Automotive Technology programs must meet certain physical requirements. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by any employee in specific industries to successfully perform the essential functions of the training and industry jobs. Reasonable accommodations may be requested by individuals with disabilities. The Disabilities Services Coordinator will determine, on a case-by-case basis, if the accommodation requested is reasonable.

  1. The employee is regularly required to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble large and very small objects or controls
  2. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, and crouch, or crawl.
  3. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100+ pounds with assistance.

 UTTC students learn to work with Electric Boards Automotive Technology

Automotive Service Technology Diploma


Automotive Service Technology Diploma Plan

Automotive Service Technology AAS Degree

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Automotive Technology program will:

  1. Utilize automotive software systems
  2. Use strategy based diagnostics
  3. Safely use proper tools and equipment
  4. Apply automotive language

Job Projections

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Automotive Service Technology AAS Degree Plan

Course Offerings

Course Code Course Description Credits
Fall Offerings
AUT 101 Intro to Automotive Technology 1
AUT 102 Engine Rebuild and Service 4
AUT 105 Automotive Brakes 4
AUT 201 Engine Performance 8
Spring Offerings
AUT 101 Intro to Automotive Technology 1
AUT 203 Automatic Transmission 4
AUT 202 Steering & Suspension 4
AUT 106 Automotive Electrical 8
Summer Offerings
AUT 104 Manual Trans & Differentials 4
AUT 204 Heating and Air Conditioning 4