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Automotive Technology

MCTI automotive technology student

Program Description

This program prepares student for entry-level career in seven areas of specialization. 
Students work to become certified by the State of Michigan or through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). 
There are also two 5-week course that focus on oil change and tire services. Additionally, there is a Parts Specialist program for retail automotive parts personnel; this program includes a 5-week internship and has an ASE related certification that can be earned. manager.
Depending on skills, abilities, and interests, students can participate up to 6 terms
All courses incorporate the National Automotive Technician's Education Foundation (NATEF) industry standards.

Job Options 

  • General maintenance technician
  • Auto parts specialist
  • Brake technician
  • Automotive electrical technician
  • Engine performance technician
  • Suspension/steering technician
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technician

Job Outlook 

Students that complete our program find a job easily. Starting pay may range from the current minimum wage to a higher amount depending on the location of the job. Experienced students with leadership skills can apply for shop foreman or service manager.


  • Writing & verbal Communication
  • Handle physically demanding work
  • Get into awkward positions
  • Spatial reasoning
  • Motor coordination
  • Manual dexterity


  • A valid, unrestricted Michigan Driver's license.
  • Pass the interview process with trade instructor.
Students who most closely match the U.S. Department of Labor occupational profile for an Automotive Service Technician are accepted for enrollment.
Please review the 2020 - 2021 Automotive Technology Curriculum Guide for more detailed information.