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Automotive Maintenance Technology

Ranken student working on a carThe average vehicle today has 30 microprocessors on board, and as technology and electronics continue to influence the automotive industry, many automobile dealerships and independent repair shops are in need of skilled technicians capable of solving new and complex problems. To meet this need, Ranken offers an Automotive Maintenance Technology program that provides students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required by leading automotive manufacturers and service facilities today.

Our students regularly compete in SkillsUSA and win top honors at the local, state and national levels. The program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), which is a branch of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and an industry benchmark of automotive certification.

Click here to view current projected salary information for Automotive Maintenance Technology graduates.

Associate of Technology, Associate of Science or Certificate of Technology

Automotive Maintenance Students work on a Chevrolet SilveradoRanken’s Automotive Maintenance Technology program provides students with four semesters of hands-on training and instruction in diagnosing and repairing automotive problems and malfunctions. The program develops student proficiencies in the following areas:

  • Engine repair
  • Automatic transmission/transaxle
  • Manual drivetrain and axles
  • Suspension and steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Engine performance

During the last 40 days of the program, students will gain real-world experience as they participate in an on-site automotive practicum in which they will service and repair customer vehicles.


Companies with large fleets of vehicles need qualified automotive experts to manage those fleets. Our National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA)-approved training classes are now available for Automotive Maintenance Technology students who wish to minor in Fleet Management.

All major technical and general education coursework must be completed with the same requirements as the Associate of Technology or Associate of Science degrees, respectively, in Automotive Maintenance Technology. An additional four courses, three credit hours each, in fleet management are required for the minor completion. All Fleet Management courses are presented online, and the total credits required
to complete the minor are 12 credit hours beyond the major.


The Certified Dealership Technician Program offers students the opportunity to receive both a degree from Ranken and certifications from one of the four major automotive manufacturers.

For students who have a passion for a specific brand, Ranken currently offers several options; the General Motors (GM) Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP), the Toyota/ Lexus Technical Education Network (T-TEN), the Honda/Acura Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT), and the Ford Automotive Student Service Education Training Program (ASSET) programs. All programs train on late model vehicles and incorporate a paid professional internship in a dealership.


The Professional Technician Program offers students the opportunity to gain real-world experience through structured internships that alternate with their class schedules. Students who are successfully attending their first semester automotive foundation class may apply for enrollment into the program. Enrollment is contingent on gaining employment at one of our approved employer training sites. Students in the program will attend classes for eight weeks, alternating with working in an internship for eight weeks at the qualifying training site.


Ranken’s award-winning Automotive Maintenance program is also offered at our Wentzville location. Students will attend classes loaded with hands-on activities for four days each week while completing the four-semester program. Classes can also be taken in the evening; making it easier to find employment during the day.

Evening Program Certificate in Automotive Maintenance Technology

Automotive Maintenance Technology at Ranken WentzvilleThis curriculum emphasizes the most modern diagnostic equipment in the automotive maintenance field. Upon completion of the instruction and hands-on experience in diagnosing and repairing automotive problems and malfunctions, students are prepared to enter the job market as entry-level technicians.

The program develops student proficiencies in the following areas:

  • Engine repair
  • Automatic transmission/transaxle
  • Manual drivetrain and axles
  • Suspension. steering and brakes
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Engine performance

Successful completion of all four semesters is necessary to qualify for a certificate. These classes meet on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

For students interested in furthering their education, these courses can be credited toward the Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM) degree.

Associate of Applied Science

Ranken offers an Associate of Applied Science degree as a part of the evening program curriculum. You can earn your associate degree with a combination of Ranken’s standard evening school courses as well as our new online courses. You can also transfer credit from other accredited technical training programs, or have your technical work experience evaluated for possible transfer credit. (30 technical credit hours required for graduation.)