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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! Lake Area Tech’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. After your first year of gaining a solid foundation, you’ll decide upon entering the Automotive Gas option or the Light Duty Diesel option, allowing you to specialize in the area you’re most interested in.  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!

Electric Vehicles Option for Automotive Technology Grads

Graduates of an ASE Education Foundation Master Level accredited automotive technician program may enroll in the new one-year Electric Vehicle option! As the transportation industry continues to evolve toward electric and hybrid vehicles, there is a growing demand for skilled service technicians who are trained to troubleshoot and repair them. Upon completion of this option, graduates will be able to develop diagnosis and repair procedures for electric and hybrid vehicles; demonstrate electric vehicle and hybrid safety and service procedures; describe electric vehicle and hybrid batteries and service as well as electric vehicle and hybrid electric motors, generators, and controls; and describe regenerative braking systems as well as electric vehicle and hybrid powertrains and power steering. Students enrolled in the new option will build on the automotive skillsets learned during their Automotive Technology coursework, and gain another highly marketable skill.

Light Duty Diesel Technology Option for Diesel Grads

If you’re a soon-to-be Diesel Technology graduate, we’ve got great news for you! Lake Area Tech is now offering the new Light Duty Diesel Technology option for Lake Area Tech Diesel Technology graduates.  This new option will expand on the skillsets graduates have gained in their program and offer an even higher level of workforce marketability. Upon completion of the Light Duty Diesel Technology option, students will be eligible to test for A2, A3, A4, A7, and A9 ASE Certifications in Automobile and Light Truck.

To view this option’s course outline, please scroll down and click on the Light Duty Diesel Certificate Option for Diesel Graduates course outline link.

Diesel Option for Automotive Technology Grads

Lake Area Tech Auto graduates who are interested in earning an AAS in Diesel Technology are eligible to transfer some previously completed courses. During the 18-month program, students will choose between the Diesel Truck or Tractor option. Please see the Diesel Technology Option for Automotive grads course outline link below to view the program coursework.

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

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