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Automotive Service Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Why Choose Automotive Service Technology?

This program features instruction in modern facilities with an emphasis on automotive diagnosis, inspection, adjustments and service. In addition, students are taught to test, diagnose, service and replace electronic controls, fuel injection components and accessories, air conditioning units, power windows and seats, lighting circuits, and safety and warning devices.

Students complete more than 550 hours of repair and adjustment on vehicles under the supervision of automotive service faculty. Students who wish to continue their education may pursue a bachelor's degree in Automotive Management, Automotive Engineering Technology or nearly 20 other degree programs.

Career Opportunities

The importance of competent automobile repair in today's mobile society cannot be overstated. Because vehicles have skyrocketed in cost and are kept in service longer, there is a shortage of trained, knowledgeable technicians.

Skilled technicians are needed to perform preventive maintenance, repairs and adjustments. Challenges in this field include servicing electrical systems, brakes, wheel alignments, fuel injection systems, transmissions and driveline repairs, among many others.

Employment opportunities exist in every community and in all parts of the country. Advancement in the field is available, from service person to manager to shop owner. The opportunities are limitless.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the College of Engineering Technology is open to high school graduates who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of studies. Among first-time students in our technical programs, the average high school GPA is 2.8, and the average ACT composite score is 20.

Students entering the Automotive Service Technology program must have a high school diploma and have a 2.75 cumulative GPA along with an 18 ACT composite and a math sub-score of 19 or 950 SAT16 Total and a SAT16 math sub-score of 500.  Students close to the requirements are encouraged to apply and will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Enrolled students need to furnish their own hand tools, protective eye devices and work uniforms. 

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives. 

 Consult the Required Course above or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The Automotive Service Technology program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree.

Students must

  • maintain a 2.00 cumulative FSU GPA
  • have 15 credits of Ferris classes (FSU Residency requirement)
  • have a minimum 60 total credits to earn an associate degree
  • complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

Automotive Program Office
708 Campus Drive, AUT 101
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2281
Phone: 231-591-2655

College of Engineering Technology
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890

The College of Engineering Technology Automotive Service Technology, AAS program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) through December 2020.

The next accreditation review is scheduled for 2019-2020

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Required Courses

Manual Transmission-Drivelines
Automotive Brake Systems
Auto Electricity - Electronics
Automotive Engines
Suspen-Steering-Alignment Serv
Electronic Fuel Mgmt Systems
Service Area 1
Automatic Transmission
Chassis Electrical-Electronics
Automotive HVAC
Second Service Floor Options
Service Area 1
Cooperative Work Experience
1 TO 6