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Automotive Technology

MTI automotive students

About the Program

The Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare students for a challenging and rewarding career in the ever-changing automotive industry.

Our instructors are ASE master certified and have the know-how to provide a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning.

The Automotive Technology field is changing constantly. Automotive Technology becomes more challenging every year as vehicles are installed with more sophisticated equipment.

Minuteman Technical Institute's Automotive instructors constantly upgrade their skills by attending seminars sponsored by General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and Nissan.

This program is designed in modules for students to study the general areas of ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). Each module consists of related theory in a classroom setting and hands-on, practical application using live vehicles or “mock-ups” to support completion of the NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) task requirements for each module.

At the end of the program, students will have the opportunity to receive industry recognized ASE Certifications for each NATEF module taught. Students will also receive their OSHA 10-hour certification (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and a CPR, AED, and First Aid Certification.

Course Content

  • Advanced Automotive Technology Safety
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Safety
  • American Red Cross First Aid/CPR AED
  • Introduction to Automotive
  • Engine Block Assembly Diagnosis and Repair
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • Transmission and Transaxle Maintenance and Adjustment
  • In-Vehicle Transmission and Transaxle Repair
  • Friction and Reaction Units
  • Employability Skills
  • Transmission/Transaxle Diagnosis and Repair
  • Drive Shaft and Half Shaft Universal Coolant Velocity (CV) Joint Diagnosis and Repair
  • Four-wheel Drive/All-wheel Drive Component Diagnosis and Repair
  • General Suspension and Steering
  • Suspension System Diagnosis and Repair
  • Front Suspension
  • Rear Suspension
  • Miscellaneous Services
  • Wheel and Tire Diagnosis and Repair
  • Drum Brakes Diagnosis and Repair
  • Disk Brake Diagnosis and Repair
  • Power Assist Units Diagnosis and Repair
  • General Electrical System Diagnosis
  • Lighting Systems Diagnosis and Repair
  • Gauges, Warning Devices and Driver Information Diagnosis and Repair
  • Hours and Wiper/Washer Diagnosis and Repair
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • A/C System Diagnosis and Repair
  • Refrigeration System Component Diagnosis and Repair
  • Compressor and Clutch
  • Evaporator, Condenser, and Related Components
  • Refrigerant Recovery, Recycling, and Handling
  • Ignition System Diagnosis and Repair
  • Fuel, Air Induction, and Exhaust Systems Diagnosis and Repair
     

Career Prospects

The number of vehicles in use continues to rise, and more entry-level service technicians will be needed to perform basic maintenance and repair, such as replacing brake pads and changing oil. New technologies, however, such as electric vehicles, may limit future demand for automotive service technicians and mechanics because they will be more reliable and thus require less maintenance and repair.

Industry Certifications

  • MTI Automotive Technology Certificate
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Safety
  • Up to 8 ASE Certifications
  • Hotwork Certification

Career Pathways

  • Automotive Machinist  Automotive Technician
  • Dealership Technician
  • Field Engineer
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Independent Repair Technician
  • Parts Specialist
  • Service Support & Management
  • System Specialist Technician

Career Salaries

  • Entry Level: $25,000-$35,000
  • Potential: $100,000+
  • 2017 Mean Salary: $43,680
  • Job Growth Rate: 6%

*Salary information provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics and Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Tuition

Schedule

  • August 22, 2022 - June 30, 2023
  • 900 Hour Evening Program
  • Monday through Thursday from 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Days and times subject to adjustment.

In addition to classroom time, students are required to participate in online course work.