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.

New students will no longer be accepted into the Automotive Service Technology Associate Degree program after Fall 2018.  Students desiring to pursue a degree can pursue 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.  Jackson College offers courses that lead to Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification that will make the student immediately employable in the industry and can also be applied toward and Associate of General Studies degree.  Classroom activities provide students an opportunity to learn theory and test-taking skills to successfully pass the Michigan and/or ASE certification examinations.  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.