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In most cases, automotive technology programs help prepare students for work as automotive technicians who maintain and repair cars and trucks. These programs typically include instruction in how to diagnose problems with vehicles and use the latest tools to fix those problems, as well as training covering all of a vehicle's basic systems. Automotive technicians often work in automotive repair facilities, but they may also maintain vehicle fleets in corporate or governmental settings.

Minnesota Auto Mechanic Schools

Several schools in Minnesota offer formal training in the field of automotive technology. Here is a list of institutions with education options for prospective auto mechanics:

  • Dunwoody College of Technology: This college, which is located in Minneapolis, offers programs in both automotive service and collision repair. The program works in collaboration with manufacturers such as Honda, Mopar, Toyota, and Subaru to provide brand-specific training.

  • Hennepin Technical College: Minneapolis' Hennepin Technical College offers training in diagnostics, maintenance, and repair of cars and light trucks. Its aim is to prepare students for a career as an automotive technician, and the curriculum includes coverage of power train, electrical, emissions, and all other primary systems.

  • Lake Superior College: Duluth's Lake Superior College offers a basic program in automotive maintenance that positions students for careers as automotive technicians. The program focuses on diagnostics, repair, and maintenance, as well as tools and environmental procedures.

  • Minnesota State College Southeast: This campus of MSC, located in Winona, offers a program in automotive technology, as well as a focused underbody specialist certificate. The programs are housed in a new facility which includes a state-of-the-art lab.

  • Newgate School: Located in Saint Paul, the Newgate School offers a 12-month-long program in basic auto mechanics. Curriculum includes training in basics of auto construction, tool usage, and diagnostic systems, along with basic instruction in the maintenance of all major vehicle systems.

What to Expect from Minnesota Auto Mechanic Programs

The goal of most automotive technology programs is to train students to diagnose, repair, and maintain all aspects of modern vehicular systems. Coursework typically covers the following areas:

  • Engine and power-generation systems
  • Transmission and drivetrain systems
  • Brake and suspension systems
  • Electrical and electronic systems
  • Emissions systems
  • Safety systems

In addition to classroom-based lessons, most programs contain a hands-on training component, giving students the opportunity to work on actual vehicles and automotive systems. These exercises may be completed at a school garage or even a local auto body shop. Some colleges also have internship programs with local service facilities, allowing students to gain valuable job experience while they finish their studies.

Minnesota Auto Mechanic Licensing and Certification

Auto mechanics do not need a license to work in Minnesota. However, some employers may prefer to hire candidates who possess a degree in the field or have passed a certification exam.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence offers a certification credential, known simply as ASE Certification, that testifies to a mechanic's experience and skills in the field. Candidates for ASE Certification must have two years of on-the-job experience or a combination of one year field experience and a two-year degree from an automotive technology program. Many of Minnesota's automotive technology programs are geared toward preparing students to qualify for and be successful at the ASE Certification exams.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Minnesota

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More Minnesota Auto Mechanic Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Anoka
Associate
2,141
Brainerd
Associate
3,343
White Bear Lake
Associate
8,968
Rosemount
Associate
2,864
Minneapolis
Bachelor
1,571
Brooklyn Park
Associate
5,582
Hibbing
Associate
1,412
Duluth
Associate
4,990
Virginia
Associate
1,411
Winona
Associate
2,010
Fergus Falls
Associate
6,164
Mankato
Doctorate
14,515
Granite Falls
Associate
2,943
Thief River Falls
Associate
4,027
Bemidji
Associate
1,226
Pine City
Associate
783
Willmar
Associate
4,177
Austin
Associate
3,687
Rochester
Associate
5,898
Saint Cloud
Associate
3,909
Saint Paul
Associate
4,990
North Mankato
Associate
3,639

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Minnesota. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Automotive Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Automotive Mechanics relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 640 $32,810
Mankato 250 $42,550
North Mankato 250 $42,550
Rochester 460 $36,080

Sources:

  1. Automotive, Dunwoody College of Technology, http://www.dunwoody.edu/automotive/
  2. Automotive Technology, Hennepin Technical College, https://www.hennepintech.edu/programs/overview/Automotive_Technology
  3. Auto Mechanic, Lake Superior College, https://degrees.lsc.edu/auto-mechanic/
  4. Automotive Technology, Minnesota State College Southeast, http://www.southeastmn.edu/academic_programs/_program/Default.aspx?pid=3
  5. Auto Mechanics Training, Newgate School, http://www.newgateschool.org/our-programs/auto-mechanics-training

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