Automotive Service Technology


Application Dates:  February 1-May 31 (Fall enrollment), August 1-November 1 (Spring enrollment).  This program requires all applicants with a completed file to go through an interview process.  Letters and emails will be sent to students with further instruction.

Semester Start Date(s):  Fall and Spring 

To provide students with the appropriate training to obtain a quality entry-level position in the automotive field


  1. To provide students with a basic knowledge of automotive tools and equipment

  2. To instruct students in proper troubleshooting techniques

  3. To introduce students to the daily duties in the automotive shop

  4. To provide students with a basic knowledge of ASE automotive areas

  5. To introduce students to the scientific principles involved in the automotive systems

Program Information
The Automotive Service Technology program is designed to prepare students to enter the automotive field at an entry level with a basic knowledge of automotive repair and diagnostic skills.  The program holds a current certification from the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).  Classes will cover Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification areas.

Automotive Service Technology classes are offered on a consecutive schedule.  The basic program covers 1,199 hours in two sixteen-week terms and a five-week summer term.  The five-week summer term includes a three-week internship program where students apply program knowledge in a real workforce setting.

  • Length of program:  2 semesters and 1 summer term

  • Estimated cost of program including in-state tuition, fees, books, and supplies $5,043.

  • An entry level toolset is required to be purchased by the student.  Prices on tools vary by manufacturer.

Academic Requirements
Students must maintain a 2.0 or greater cumulative grade point average.  Students with a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 may be placed on academic probation. 

Dress Code
The objective of the AST Department is to help students develop the skills and attitudes that are necessary to succeed in the auto service environment.  Every effort is made to inform students of what will be expected of them once they enter the workforce.  Therefore, reasonable dress and appearance are required of all students in the AST Department.  Specific guidelines will be distributed during the first week of each semester.

Attendance Policy
AST has an attendance policy that states:  any student who misses 10% of the training hours for a course has failed that course.  There are no excused absences.  A form to be used for a professional development absence is available.  This form can cover your attendance for job interviews, school activities, and other professional reasons if the form is completed and submitted before the absence.  Any special circumstances will be reviewed by AST faculty.

Job Possibilities
An NWTI Automotive Service Technology graduate is qualified for a variety of job positions, including:

  • Automotive Technician

  • Brake Specialist

  • Service Advisor

  • Parts Counter Specialist

  • Engine Performance Specialist