Today’s automotive technicians are high-tech problem solvers, as cars and trucks become more complex. Learn to diagnose, maintain and repair vehicles with a career in automotive service technology. Technicians must also be able to read and understand a repair manual, communicate well with customers, and be well-versed in basic computer skills.

Based on input from employers and following national trends in the industry, Jackson College offers courses that prepare students to sit for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.  The ASE certification is an industry-recognized credential that makes the student immediately employable in the industry.  Coursework can be applied toward an Associate of General Studies degree.

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Jackson College Offers the following program options:

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A high school diploma is the minimum requirement; however, high school graduates often need further training to be fully qualified.  The coursework at Jackson College is a combination of theory, hands-on application, and test-taking skills that will prepare the student to sit for the State of Michigan and/or ASE certification exams.  Opportunities for internships and externships are available.


Wages start about $20,000 per year, with median annual wages for automotive service technicians and mechanics is about $36,500.

Career Outlook

Employment is projected to grow about 9 percent in the coming years, about as fast as average.