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  • Semester: Fall Semester
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie Campus
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Looking for the key to success as an automotive professional? Start at HTC where you will become highly skilled in using sophisticated diagnostic and repair equipment. It is all part of your training in the diagnosis, repair, and preventive maintenance of automobiles and light trucks. You will learn from highly qualified instructors and be ready to diagnose, determine condition, and repair or replace various components in engines, transmissions, differentials, air conditioners, fuel systems, emission controls, ignition and electrical systems, and brakes and suspensions. You will gain the skills employers are looking for in an automotive technician. That is why great training at HTC puts you on the road to success.


Labs and Classrooms

Our classrooms and labs are equipped with state-of-the-art computer stations and automotive shop equipment.  Current shop equipment include:  scan tools, alignment and tire machines, diagnostic equipment, and shop hoists.

Supplies / Tools

Students are required to provide their own hand tools.  Average first year costs are $1,500-$5,000. Please see an advisor or a faculty memeber for a complete list. HTC also hosts tool days so students can meet with vendors.

Entry Requirements

Work Environment

  • May work indoors or outdoors and be exposed to dust, fumes, and chemicals.
  • Must wear personal protective eyewear.
  • Daily exposure to chemical contaminants.
  • A valid drivers license with a clean driving record is often required by employers
  • The ability to pass a drug screening test is often required by employers

Job Outlook / Gainful Employment

As the population grows, so will the number of motor vehicles. All those new cars and trucks, as well as the old ones, will require maintenance and service. While maintenance can be put off for a short period, car owners are more likely to keep this up even when the economy is poor. This is because most people rely on their vehicles.

Most jobs for mechanics are at repair shops and auto dealerships. The number of jobs at these locations will continue to grow. Faster growth may occur at shops that specialize in oil changes, brake repair, and other minor repairs. The number of jobs for mechanics at fuel stations will continue to decline.

Gainful Employment Disclosure:


Above the statewide median: $18.21per hour for a Master Tech

Potential Job Titles

Automotive Technician


  • NATEF-National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
  • NATEF was founded as an independent, non-profit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommend qualifying programs for certification (accreditation) by ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
  • Hennepin Technical College is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2003, HTC became a member of the HLC Academic Quality Improvement Program.

  • MACS - Mobile Air Conditioning Society
  • IATN - International Automotive Technician Network
  • ASE - Automotive Service Excellence
  • MTTIA - Minnesota Teachers of Transportation and Industrial Areas
  • NACAT - North American Council of Automotive Teachers


If you choose to continue your education, visit the Minnesota Transfer website to see all cuurent agreements.


The purpose of advisory committees is to promote partnerships between career and technical education, business, labor and the communities they serve. Advisory committee members provide input on program structure, curriculum, technology, and student preparation.

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