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Automotive Technology (A.A.S.)

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This program has an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified instructor who prepares students to become ASE certified. The test is offered each spring on the College campus at the conclusion of the program. ASE certification is often a requirement for new hires in major auto dealerships.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology will provide students with the skills necessary to open his or her own automotive repair business or for employment in the field of auto mechanics. Repair, service, maintenance, and retail/wholesale parts businesses comprise the automotive industry, which has a projected higher than average growth market in Montana.

What You Will Learn

At the conclusion of this program students will be able to:
  • Test parts and systems to ensure that they are working properly
  • Identify mechanical problems, often by using computerized diagnostic equipment
  • Follow checklists to ensure that all critical parts are examined
  • Test and lubricate the vehicle’s engine and other major components
  • Perform basic care and maintenance, including oil changes, tune-ups, and tire rotations
  • Disassemble and reassemble parts
  • Repair or replace worn parts, such as brake pads and wheel bearings
  • Use testing equipment to ensure that repairs and maintenance are effective
  • Explain to clients their automotive problems and the repairs done on their vehicles
  • Rebuild an engine in its entirety
  • Demonstrate basic welding skills
  • Modify high-performance engines
  • Complete the ASE Certification examinations

Additional Information

Program Spotlight

Watch the video below for an exclusive look inside the Automotive Technology Program at Miles Community College.

Something For Everyone

Brian Lynnes, a non-traditional student at MCC, talks about why the Automotive Program is useful to anybody.

Miles Community College subscribes to the philosophy of a comprehensive community college, including an “open door” admissions policy designed to encourage all adults to continue their education.

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