Automotive Technology

Be ready to hit the ground running. When employers advertise for auto repair technicians, they’re looking for someone with a solid technical background who has experience using the latest diagnostic equipment. That can be you! LATI’s Automotive Technology program is tailored to meet those industry demands. Because of that, our graduates are highly successful in obtaining top-notch jobs.

As a student in the 18-month auto program, you’ll spend about 75 percent of your time working in the program’s 27,900 square foot auto repair shop, gaining valuable real-life work experience. During your time here, you’ll run diagnostic tests and make repairs on cars, light trucks, vans, and sports utility vehicles using up-to-date equipment in the spacious automotive shop. Another plus is that our auto shop has its own parts department!

Staying current with industry standards is a priority. All of the instructors are master-certified by ASE and the program is NATEF certified, so as a student, you can be confident your training at Lake Area Tech is second to none.

To complement our academic excellence, the program invests significant resources in obtaining and maintaining the latest in automotive diagnostic equipment. Recently, our auto program – which has been NATEF-certified since 2010 – added new training aids including five Ford Fusion cars, a Hunter Alignment System, Premium Scissor Long-Deck Rack, RoadForce Touch 4th Generation Wheel Balancer, and an Ergonomic Center Clamping Tire Changer. This new equipment ensures students are training on the industry’s most up-to-date automotive gear.

After graduating with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology, our students secure jobs as service technicians, shop managers/owners, and transmission specialists. Let us help you begin your journey in the automotive industry!

NEW! Light Duty Diesel Technology Option

If you’re a soon-to-be Automotive or Diesel Technology graduate, we’ve got great news for you! Lake Area Tech is now offering an exciting new option for LATI Automotive and Diesel Technology graduates.  This new option will expand on the skillsets graduates have gained in their respective programs and offer an even higher level of workforce marketability.

The new Light Duty Diesel Technology option provides two choices: a comprehensive summer program during which students can earn ASE certifications (upon successful completion) in Automobile and Light Truck (A1, A2, A3, A4, A7 & A8); or a third-year (9-month) option for enrolled students to earn the certifications plus an additional AAS degree! The Light Duty Diesel Tech third-year option offers the students comprehensive theory and hands-on skills to successfully master light-duty consumer truck and diesel engines. During the nine-month option, students will work with various manufacturers’ engines and learn how diesel power and performance is achieved. After completion, the graduate will earn an additional Associate of Applied Science degree.

Automotive or Diesel Tech grads who are interested in applying for either the summer session (certifications only) or the third-year option (AAS degree) must re-apply to Lake Area Tech. The re-application forms are available in the Student Center. (The re-application is not the same as the new student application process that is available online). To view either option’s course outline, please scroll down and click on the Light Duty Diesel Option course outline tabs. The summer session begins May 16.

Corporate Ed Option for Currently Employed Technicians

Technicians who are currently working in the automotive or diesel industry can also take advantage of our new option! Consider enrolling in our Light Duty Diesel Tech summer session option to earn certifications and expand your knowledge. To learn more or to apply for the new Light Duty Diesel Technology option, please contact Lake Area Tech Corporate Education Director Steve Hauck at 605-882-5284 ext. 260.

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This program has been awarded ASE Master Certification. This is the highest level of achievement recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.