Get your mechanic training at Ranken, and learn the latest in automotive maintenance.

Today’s best mechanics are technicians who need to know a lot more than they ever did before.  Hands-on experience in a real shop environment, using industry-standard equipment and tools will help you become a technician who is adept in repairing more sophisticated and technology based automobiles.

Does a career in the automotive maintenance industry sound right for you?

Ranken student working on auto headlightYou’re a hands-on problem solver, and you like to face new challenges every day.

You can see the big picture and the details, and you like the idea of working with new technology and electronics.

You like to help people and take pride in doing valuable work – getting the job done right.

Does this sound like you? If so, auto mechanics school could be the path to a successful and rewarding career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many job openings will be created by the need to replace retiring technicians.

Job opportunities are expected to be very good for those who complete postsecondary mechanic training programs and who earn ASE certification.

Why choose Ranken for automation maintenance training?

Automotive Maintenance TechnologyWondering how to become a mechanic? An auto mechanics school, like Ranken, is the best way to get the mechanic training you need.

The 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 (AMT) 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 Ranken St. Louis and Ranken-West(Wentzville, MO) programs are accredited by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation (formerly NATEF).

Ranken’s award-winning Automotive Maintenance Technology program is also offered at our Ranken-West(Wentzville, MO) location. Students will attend classes loaded with hands-on activities for four days each week while completing the four-semester program.

If you’re trying to figure out how to become a mechanic while holding down your day job, don’t worry. Classes can also be taken in the evening; making it easier to find employment during the day.

Interested in seeing more of our Automotive facilities? Take an interactive 360° virtual tour of all our AUTOMOTIVE departments.

Brand Specific Programs

For students interested in employment with the region’s leading auto manufacturers, Ranken currently offers three Certified Dealership Technician tracks:

  • Automotive Import Technology, which combines:
    • Toyota’s Technical Education Network (T-TEN)
    • Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT)
  • Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET)
  • General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (GM ASEP)
  • Nissan Technician Training Academy (NTTA)

Professional Technician Program

Students in Ranken’s Professional Technician Program have the opportunity to earn while they learn with a unique program featuring paid internships at specifically selected work sites.

Entry into this program is open to students enrolled in the first semester of Ranken’s Automotive Maintenance Technology program, and is based on student applications and available openings with participating employers. Learn more.

High Performance Racing Technology

Students who wish to pursue a high performance option may do so at the end of their third semester.

Christopher L. White

Instructor & Fleet Coordinator, Full Time

Jennifer L. Hicks

Instructor, Adjunct

Ryan M. Hickerson

Instructor, Adjunct

Robert H. Gibbons

Instructor, Full Time

Lloyd C. Miller

Instructor, Full Time

J. Matthew Turner

Workforce Development Specialist and Instructor, Full Time

Christopher M. Loftus

Instructor, Full Time

Ricky D. Heaton

Instructor, Full Time

Robert S. Gaskill

Instructor, Full Time

James Woods

Instructor, Full Time

Automotive Technology Certificate, St. Louis Community College
ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician
ASE G1, L1, L3 Advanced Level Specialist Certification
Honda Gold Level Master Technician

Steven Cartwright

Instructor, Full Time

Automotive Maintenance Technology

AAS in Automotive Technology,
Linn Technical College
ASE Triple Master Certified in 32 areas, World
Class Certified
ASE Master Automobile Technician
ASE Master Collision Repair Technician
ASE Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician
ASE Parts Specialist
ASE School Bus Technician
ASE Transit Bus Technician
ASE Undercar Specialist
MACS-CFC Certified

Robert L. Bailey

Adjunct Instructor, Evening School

Toyota Factory Service Training
ASE Certifications A1 – A8

Timothy F. Michel

Department Chair & Instructor, Full Time

Automotive Maintenance Technology - Wentzville

BS in Business Management, National-Louis University
AT in Diesel Maintenance Tech, Ranken Technical College
ASE Master Certified Technician
GM & Toyota Certified

Ronald L. Raines

Department Chair & Instructor, Full Time


Automotive Maintenance Technology

BS in Workforce Education and Development, Southern Illinois University
AT in Automotive Maintenance, Ranken Technical College
ASE Certified Master Automobile Tech
ASE Certified Master Medium/Heavy Duty
Truck Technician
ASE Certified Advanced Engine Performance L1
ASE Certified Alternative Fuels F1
ASE Certified Preventative Maintenance G1
GM and T-TEN Certified
NATEF Evaluation Team Leader

Gregory R. Tervort

Workforce Development Specialist and Instructor, Full Time

Automotive Maintenance Technology

BS in Occupational Education, University of Central Missouri
AS in Automotive Technology, St. Louis Community College
Master ASE Certified A1-A8
Maintenance Light Repair G1

Alan J. Townsend

Instructor, Full Time

Automotive Maintenance Technology - Wentzville

Certificate in Automotive Maintenance Technology, Ranken Technical College
Missouri Inspector Mechanic’s Licenses (Safety and Emissions certified)
ASE Master Certified

Ranken’s AMT 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.

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