Automotive Technology Program

Prepare here for Automotive Repair and Diagnostics, Mid-Management, or Field Service Engineer positions.

Montana State University-Northern's Automotive Technology programs are accredited by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) and offer you comprehensive coursework in today's modern vehicles. Automotive Technology program offerings include a Bachelor of Science degree, two different Associate of Applied Science degrees, and a minor option.

  • Learn from our professors who are Master ASE certified technicians.
  • Average class sizes between 15 and 20; which allow more one-on-one interaction.
  • Gain foundational understanding of all 8 major areas of an automotive vehicle.
  • Our graduates have 100% job placement upon graduation.

ASE Certified NATEF

Automotive Technology Courses: Comprehensive Subject Coverage.

System Basics – Understand all mechanical, fuel, and electronic systems found on today's vehicles including gasoline, diesels and hybrids.

Diagnostics and Technology – Learn to diagnose issues using standard mechanical processes as well as technologically advanced computer systems.

Cooperative Learning – Emphasis is placed on hands-on learning in the laboratory and through cooperative education experiences, where you have the opportunity to earn money, university credit, and on the job training as part of your automotive technology education.

Manufacturer Specific Training – Participate in industry sponsored technician programs and earn industry training credentials while enrolled at MSUN from Ford and Subaru which improves your base-line pay as an Automotive Technician.

Ford | Lincoln Maintenance & Light Repair
SU - Subaru University

Unique 4 Year Bachelor's degree in Automotive Technology.

  • Our 4 year program is ranked 2nd out of 14 Automotive Technology Bachelor degree programs offered in the United States. Check it out!
  • Many students who pursue a Bachelor's in Automotive Technology at MSU-N qualify for careers such as corporate technical representatives, service manager, specialized diagnostician, or similar mid-management positions right out of college.
  • Expand your automotive technology education with a minor in complementary areas of interest. Students seeking management and supervisory positions are encouraged to choose electives that will enhance their communication and organizational abilities.

Automotive Technology Associate Degree Options.

Traditional Associate Degree in Automotive Technology:

  • Learn how to work in repair shops through cooperative education and gain valuable, on-the-job experience.
  • These degrees focus heavy on a career as an automotive technician at a dealership or independent shop.
  • Take advantage of many benefits as an MSU-Northern Fast Track student and receive 50% discount packages from Snap-On and Mac Tools. 
Mac Tools STP - Student Tech Program

Fast Track Automotive Technology Degree: Streamlined.

When you choose the Automotive Technology Fast Track program at Montana State University-Northern, you'll be graduating with an accredited AAS degree in 3 academic semesters.

Beyond Automotive Technician Training – General education instruction is embedded in coursework so you get a well-rounded education in a reduced timeframe.

Comprehensive Auto Education – Complete vehicle systems are covered ranging from diagnostics and tune-ups to in-depth electronic control systems, heating and air conditioning, braking, powertrain, steering, suspension, and engines.

Customizable Degree – Choose what you want to add to your degree with six elective credits.

Automotive Technology Career Outlook

Many students pursue a Bachelor's in Automotive Technology at MSU-N to qualify for careers such as corporate technical representatives, service manager, specialized diagnostician, or similar mid-management positions right out of college. The automotive technology college at MSU-Northern consistently places students in stable, long-term career paths. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects solid growth for automotive technology careers through 2026.


Wane Boysun - Professor
   Office: Electronics Building 204 
   Phone: (406) 399-0020

Joshua Meyer - Assistant Professor
   Office: Brockmann Center 210Q
   Phone: (406) 265-4162

Kevin Ruby - Assistant Professor
   Office: Brockmann Center 210N
   Phone: (406) 265-4179

Kevin Holzworth - Assistant Professor
   Office: Brockmann Center 210U
   Phone: (406) 265-4151