Automotive Technology Program

Prepare for an Automotive Technician or Management Career.

Montana State University-Northern's Automotive Technology college programs are certified by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) and offer you comprehensive coursework in the fundamentals of modern vehicles. Automotive Technology program offerings include a Bachelor of Science degree, an Associate of Applied Science degree, a minor, and a certificate program.

  • Gain a comprehensive, quality education from the automotive technology school at MSU-Northern.
  • Attend a college that actively communicates with industry representatives to ensure that the automotive technology education program produces well-qualified graduates.
  • Establish pre-graduation relationships with potential employers by completing a practicum as part of the automotive technology school.

Bachelor's in Automotive Technology: Hands-on Instruction. In-Depth Training.

  • Enter the industry as mid-management positions with companies such as Ford, GM, General Electric, and Toyota after graduating from the MSU-Northern 4-year automotive technology program.
  • Work automotive technology school around your schedule, as the course content is designed to allow you to learn, begin a career, and return to expend your knowledge without losing credits or repeating classes.
  • Expand your automotive technology education with a minor in complementary areas of interest. Students looking forward to management and supervisory positions are encouraged to choose electives that will enhance their communication and organizational abilities.

Automotive Technology Faculty: Automotive Experts. Experienced Educators.

  • Prepare for successfully passing as many as eight Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests with the teaching faculty at MSU-Northern's automotive technology college.
  • Take the opportunity for one-on-one mentorship because of smaller class sizes and dedicated professors.
  • Learn from the educators at our automotive technology school, who are experienced professionals with solid backgrounds in the technology they teach.

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.

Vendor Specific Training – Participate in industry sponsored technician programs at MSU-N such as Ford Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR).

Automotive Technology Career Outlook

Many students pursue a Bachelor's in Automotive Technology at MSU-N to qualify for technical representative, 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 2024.


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