Develop the skills that keep the world moving.

Automotive services offer great opportunities.

Automotive Service Technicians use their mechanical, technical, and troubleshooting skills to inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. They work on engines, transmissions, suspensions, brakes, belts, and hoses, and other mechanical components, as well as the electronic systems that control brakes, transmissions, steering systems, and other vehicle systems.

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  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Automotive Services Technology program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Automotive Services Technology program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Automotive Services Technology program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: *
    • Private education loans: *
    • Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will this Certificate of Automotive Services Technology program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $11,670
    Books and supplies: $2,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $3,600.

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Automotive Services Technology Certificate from Baker College

Automotive Services TechnologyCertificate

Develop the skills that keep the world moving.

Automotive services offer great opportunities.

Automotive Service Technicians use their mechanical, technical, and troubleshooting skills to inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. They work on engines, transmissions, suspensions, brakes, belts, and hoses, and other mechanical components, as well as the electronic systems that control brakes, transmissions, steering systems, and other vehicle systems.

Discover Your Automotive Services Technology Career

Career Facts

$36,610

Median salary for Automotive Service Technicians

9%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$60,250

Median salary for Supervisors of Mechanics

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Overview

The Baker College Automotive Service Technicians program teaches you basic theory and operating principles through classwork, hands-on training, and shop experience. Classes are held in labs and service bays outfitted with state-of-the-art tools and equipment, taught by master mechanics who have decades of real-world experience. In addition to your core classes in vehicle systems and functions, you can choose specific areas you want to specialize in, such as air conditioning or transmissions. 

Upon graduation, you’ll be fully prepared to take the certification exams Michigan requires, and ready for an entry-level position.

Course Information
Requirements51 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
AST 100A
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6 Quarter Hours

See Technical Electives List - Automotive Services Technology Electives.

Automotive Services Technology Elective6
AST 100B
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6 Quarter Hours

See Technical Electives List - Automotive Services Technology Electives.

Automotive Services Technology Elective6
AST 100D
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4 Quarter Hours

See Technical Electives List - Automotive Services Technology Electives.

Automotive Services Technology Elective4
AST 106
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4 Quarter Hours

Orients students to the Baker College Automotive Service Technology environment. Students will receive comprehensive instruction on laboratory procedures, policies, shop safety, and proper tool usage. Students are also introduced to the major automotive systems, computer usage, the automotive service industry, and state and industry certifications. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Automotive Service Technology.

Introduction to Automotive Service4
AST 111A
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5 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the introduction to automotive electrical/electronic systems which includes basic theories, electrical/electronic components, wiring and circuit diagrams, circuit protection, switches, relays solenoids and automotive battery fundamentals. This course also focuses on the use of test equipment such as digital multimeters, test lights, jumper wires and logic probes used to diagnose basic electrical/electronic faults. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Automotive Service Technology.

Corequisite(s):
AST 106.
Introduction to Automotive Electrical5
AST 112B
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5 Quarter Hours

Continues the study of electrical systems in the automobile. Topics include, but are not limited to, the fundamentals, diagnostics, and service of the following areas: conventional automotive batteries, advanced battery design, starting systems, starter motors, charging systems, and lighting circuits, as well as, the proper tools and equipment used to perform diagnostics and service. 15 hours of lecture and 70 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Automotive Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in AST 106, C or better in AST 111A.
Electrical/Electronic Systems I5
AST 113
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5 Quarter Hours

Continues the study of the electrical systems of the automobile. Topics include, but are not limited to, the fundamentals, diagnostics, and service of the following areas: body computers, computer inputs, communication networks, advanced lighting circuits, instrumentation and warning lamps, accessories, passive restraints, and alternative power sources, as well as, the proper tools, equipment, and safety procedures required to diagnose and service these areas. 15 hours of lecture and 70 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Automotive Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in AST 112B.
Electrical/Electronic Systems II5
AST 121
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4 Quarter Hours

Reviews the procedures for failure analysis of the internal combustion engine. Disassembly and assembly, part inspection, use of manuals, and repair/replacement procedures will be applied to upper and lower engine components. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Automotive Service Technology.

Corequisite(s):
AST 106.
Engine Repair I4
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
WRK 271A
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4 Quarter Hours

Consists of a 140-hour minimum paid/unpaid, hands-on experience, working in an automotive repair facility. This work experience will focus on the State of Michigan certification areas and is intended to supplement the hours spent in courses on campus for the purpose of attaining at least minimum competency.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degree), ENG 101 (Certificate), minimum GPA 2.00, Program Director/Dean approval.
Automotive Work Experience4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 51

Program Description

Automotive Service Technicians use specialized tools and equipment to diagnosis and repair automobiles and light trucks. Work is performed inside the vehicle, under the hood, and under the vehicle. While physical dexterity is required, there are some procedures that can be performed at a work bench. This program will prepare students for entry-level positions and will help prepare them to perform successfully on the certification and licensure exams required in this career path.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), 13505 Dulles Technology Drive, Herndon, VA 20171-3421. For a current list of National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certified programs, please view their website.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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FAQ's

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Automotive Services Technology program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Automotive Services Technology program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Automotive Services Technology program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: *
    • Private education loans: *
    • Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will this Certificate of Automotive Services Technology program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $11,670
    Books and supplies: $2,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $3,600.