Automotive Technician

Automotive Technology

The Anoka Technical College Automotive Technician program offers two awards: an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and a diploma.

Both programs include technical and general education components. 

Automotive Technician graduates work in a variety of settings:
  • New or used car dealerships 
  • Government or private fleets
  • National auto service chains 
  • Local auto service shops
  • Owner operated repair shops

The Anoka Technical College Automotive Technician Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is intended for advanced individuals seeking additional possibilities in their automotive future. This is a 72-credit program not only provides an individual with entry level career in automotive service industry, and can increase future educational or career options. The general education credits contained within the AAS can lead to leadership positions in the industry as well as act as a stepping stone to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Engineering or Business Management.

The Anoka Technical College Automotive Technician diploma is a 60-credit program that prepares graduates for an entry-level career in the automotive service industry. Most entry-level automotive technicians start as tire or lube technicians. Within a few months they will be performing many routine service tasks and perform simple repairs. It usually takes two to five years of on-the-job training to become a journey-level technician. This means that the technician is skilled enough to perform difficult repairs. However, graduates of a college-level training program are often able to advance to that level in a shorter period of time.

Careers in the installation, maintenance and repair fields overall are projected to increase from 2014-2024 according to research by Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Here are sample careers, growth expected and salaries in the metropolitan area and throughout Minnesota.

 Job Title

Percent Change in Employment 2014-2024 Twin Cities Minnesota
Median Wage per hour (2016)
Automotive Service Technician and Mechanics 2.0% $20.78 $19.06
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations  1.9% $19.93 $20.05
Supervisor of Mechanic/Installer/Repairer
2.6% $30.39 $29.88
Outdoor Power Equipment/Small Engine Mechanic
6.1% $16.65 $14.67
Recreational Vehicle Service Technician 2.5% $17.31 $16.70
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic/Installer  2.8% $27.23 $26.42
 Logistician 0.7%
 Transportation/Distribution/Storage Manager

 Sources: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)


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Dave Larson

Dave Holmquist

John Johnson

“As a country, we are extremely reliant on our personal vehicles. Automotive Technicians are cultural heroes in a sense, coming to the rescue of people stranded by their vehicle. There will always be jobs in our country for people with good automotive repair skills.”