2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Automotive Service Technology

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

Program Requirements

Automotive Service Technology, AAS Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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.

More Information

School of Automotive and Heavy Equipment
Automotive Engineering Technology Programs
708 Campus Drive, AUT 101
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2655

Ferris State University
College of Engineering Technology
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 200
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890

The Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Service at Ferris State University is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).  The next accreditation review is scheduled for 2020. http://www.natef.org/

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