Automotive Technology
Area of Study

Automotive Technology

The Master Automobile Service Technology (MAST) is an accredited program designed to train students in engine performance, engine repair, automatic transmissions and transaxles, manual drive trains, brakes, steering and suspension systems, electrical, electronic systems and HVAC.



Northeastern's Automotive Technology program prepares students for rewarding professional careers in the automotive and light-duty diesel repair industry. Students experience a hands-on learning environment in a modern shop environment.

Students perform diagnostics and repairs on cars and light-duty trucks to master repair skills that conform to ASE Education Alliance standards. Students perform repair and maintenance on the full spectrum of vehicle systems including electrical, heating and air conditioning, suspension and steering, braking, drive trains and axles, fuel and exhaust, transmissions, gas and diesel engine performance, engine repair and machining. Students are exposed to a large variety of makes and models including small imports to large diesel pickups. We expect that by the end of the program, a student to be able to work on any make and model that they may encounter in their career.

The Automotive Technology facility employs modern diagnostic tools used in repair facilities and service centers. The facility stocks a full line of specialty tools and equipment for students to use while in the program.

Graduates find careers in a large variety of repair facilities across the United States. Graduating students are recruited by employers from across Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas. These companies offer competitive wages, benefits, and incentives.

Junior and senior high school students can complete the Maintenance & Inspection Certificate in one semester by passing three automotive courses that are offered in the fall and spring semesters. See "Articulations" below for more information.

Northeastern students have the option to complete the Auto-Diesel Master Technician (ADMT) Certificate upon successful completion of requirements in either the Automotive Technology or Diesel Technology programs and an additional 26 credits of course work in a third year.

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Prospective students must first complete the admissions application with Northeastern Junior College.

Students are accepted on a first-come basis until all available spots are filled. If the program is full, a student can request to be placed on a waiting list for the following year after completion of the automotive program application.

Please contact Instructors Layton Peterman  or Duane Duncan if you have any questions or would like more information.  

The Automotive Technology shop is a 9,200 square foot facility with eleven lifts

The Dyno bay is used to test drivability issues inside the shop.

The Engine Machine shop give students the ability to perform all aspects of engine repair minus crank grinding.

The Tool room has specialty tools for any make or model that may be worked on during the auto program.

NJC Automotive students have access to Mitchel1's ProDemand and Identifix online service information on their electronic devices. Students have access to complete OEM repair and diagnostic information such as color wiring diagrams and mobile friendly information for any vehicle.

The auto tech program has two classrooms with state of the art instructional technology available to students in the program.

Students experience an actual shop environment. You will be expected to work safely with vehicles, repair equipment, and hoists. You will need to be able to stand for extended periods of time, maneuver in tight spots, and manipulate tools in various settings.

You are not required to have previous experience with vehicle repair. We expect you to bring a strong work ethic and willingness to learn.

Customer service is a major aspect of being in the automotive service industry. Students are taught and expected to work in a professional manner with customers, other students and their instructors. The program encourages working in jobs at the college and in the community.

Vehicle repairs: Northeastern students get real-world experience in their studies by working on troubled vehicles. Anyone interested in having repairs done can make a request of the program by submitting a completed Request for Repairs form.


Automotive service technicians and mechanics keep records of diagnostic tests and repairs. Service technicians stand for most of the day, and they typically work in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops. Although technicians often identify and fix automotive problems with computers, they commonly work with greasy parts and tools, sometimes in uncomfortable positions.

Automotive service technicians and mechanics held about 749,900 jobs in 2016. The largest employers of automotive service technicians and mechanics were as follows:

  • Automobile dealers 31%
  • Automotive mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance 27%
  • Self-employed workers 13%
  • Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores 9%

Work Schedules: Most service technicians work full time, and many work evenings or weekends. Overtime is common.

Injuries and Illnesses: Automotive service technicians and mechanics have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations. Service technicians must frequently work with heavy parts and tools. As a result, workplace injuries, such as small cuts, sprains, and bruises are common.

Auto Tech Club – Students in the auto club perform activities such as:

  • Valve Cover races
  • Thanksgiving Vehicle Inspection – free to students! Before you go home for the break, make sure your car will make it! Students from the NJC Automotive program will have a look under the hood to make sure your vacation is trouble free.
  • Auto Show in Spring – Hot Rods as far as the eye can see!

In your first year, we provide all tools needed to perform shop assignments. You will be responsible for keeping track of these tools during the course of the year.

Second year students are required to supply their own tools so they are ready to start their career after completing the program. These tools must be available the 1st day of class, fall (3rd) semester.

There will be vendors (Snap-On, S/K, NAPA, MAC) presenting their tools at substantial discounts to the students of the Auto Tech program. The tool’s listed below may be purchased from these vendors or the student is welcomed to purchase these on their own.  The tools purchased must be a life-time warranty quality tool.

Many times this list of tools may be purchased in a complete starter set or set’s offered by manufacturers with large discounts offered also.

The following list was chosen as a guide only from the Snap-On tool website

Storage Unit
Locking Roll Cabinet, storage unit
Minimum-3000 square inches storage space
Minimum-10,000 cubic inches storage space

1/4” Drive socket set
Set, Socket, Deep, 6-Point (10 pcs.) (3/16" to 9/16") Stock #: 110STMY
Set, Socket, Metric, Deep, 6-Point (12 pcs.) (5 to 15 mm) Stock #: 112STMMY
Set, Socket, Shallow, 12-Point (10 pcs.) (3/16" to 9/16") Stock #: 110TMDY
Set, Socket, Metric, Shallow, 12-Point (11 pcs.) (5 to 14 mm) Stock #: 111TMMDY
Set, Extension, Knurled (6 pcs.) (1 1/4" to 11") Stock #: 106BTMX
Driver, Standard Shank, 1/4" female square drive in handle, 6" Stock #: TM4CSA
Speeder, 16" long  (Optional) Stock #: TMS4E
Universal Joint, Friction Ball, 1 1/8" Stock #: TMU8B
Adaptor, 1/4" Internal drive x 3/8" External drive, 15/16" Stock #: TA3
Ratchet, Sealed Head (High Strength), Standard Handle, 4 7/16" Stock #: T72
Set, Socket Driver, Hex, Standard, 1/16" to 1/4" (10 pcs.) (Optional) Stock #: 110ETMAY
Set, Socket Driver, Metric, Hex, Standard, 2 to 6 mm (6 pcs.) (Optional) Stock #: 106ETMAMY

3/8” Drive socket set
Breaker Bar, 9 9/16" Stock #: F10LC
Ratchet, Sealed Head, Dual 80 Technology, Standard Handle, 3/8" drive, 7 11/32" Stock #: F80
Ratchet, Sealed Head, Dual 80 Technology, Long, Flex-Head, 3/8" drive Stock #: FLF80
Speeder, 17 27/32" Stock #: F4LB
Universal Joint, Friction Ball, 1 11/16" Stock #: FU80B
Adaptor, 3/8" Internal drive x 1/2" External drive, 1 5/16" Stock #: A2A
Adaptor, 3/8" Internal drive x 1/4" External drive, 1 1/4" Stock #: GFAT1E
Set, Extension, Friction Ball (6 pcs.) (1 1/2" to 11") Stock #: 206AFX
Set, Socket, Deep, 6-Point (11 pcs.) (1/4" to 7/8") Stock #: 211SFSY
Set, Socket, Metric, Deep, 6-Point (12 pcs.) (8 to 19 mm) Stock #: 212SFSMY
Set, Socket, Shallow, 12-Point (11 pcs.) (1/4" to 7/8") Stock #: 211FY
Set, Socket, Metric, Shallow, 12-Point (12 pcs.) (8 to 19 mm) Stock #: 212FMY
Socket, Spark Plug, Shallow, 13/16", 6-Point Stock #: S9704KA
Socket, Spark Plug, Shallow, 5/8", 6-Point Stock #: S9706K
Set, Socket, Universal, Shallow, 12-Point (6 pcs.) (7/16" to 3/4") Stock #: 206FUA
Set, Socket, Metric, Universal, Shallow, 12-Point (9 pcs.) (10 to 19 mm) Stock #: 209FUMY
Set, Socket Driver, Torx Plus, Tamper Resistant, 1/4"-3/8" Drive, 8IPR to 55IPR (11 pcs.) (Optional) Stock #: 211EFTXRTPY
Set, Socket Driver, Hex, Standard, 5/16" to 3/4" (7 pcs.) (Optional) Stock #: 307ESAY
Set, Socket Driver, Metric, Hex, Standard, 6 to 19 mm (7 pcs.) (Optional) Stock #: 307ESAMY

1/2” Drive socket set
Breaker Bar, 24" Stock #: SN24C
Ratchet, Dual 80, Standard Handle, 1/2" drive, 10 5/16" Stock #: S80A
Speeder, 18 7/8" Stock #: S4
Adaptor, 1/2" Internal drive x 3/4" External drive, 1 7/8" Stock #: GLA12B
Adaptor, Industrial Finish, 1/2" Internal drive x 3/8" External drive, 1 1/2" Stock #: GSAF1E
Universal Joint, Friction Ball, 2 11/16" Stock #: S8
Set, Extension (5 pcs.) (2" to 11" lengths) Stock #: 305ASX
Set, Socket, Shallow, 12-Point (13 pcs.) (3/8" to 1 1/8") Stock #: 313SWYA
Set, Socket, Metric, Shallow, 12-Point (13 pcs.) (12 to 24 mm) Stock #: 313SWMYA
Set, Socket, Deep, 12-Point (13 pcs.) (3/8" to 1 1/8") Stock #: 313SYA
Set, Socket, Metric, Deep, 12-Point (13 pcs.) (12 to 24 mm) Stock #: 313SMYA

Wrench Sets
Set, Wrench, Combination, 12-Point (14 pcs.) (3/8" to 1 1/4") Stock #: OEX714K
Wrench, Combination, Standard Length, 1/4", 12-Point Stock #: OEX8B
Wrench, Combination, Standard Length, 5/16", 12-Point Stock #: GOEX10B
Set, Wrench, Metric, Combination, 12-Point (13 pcs. in tray) (10 to 22 mm) Stock #: OEXM713B
Wrench, Metric, Combination, Standard Length, 8 mm, 12-Point Stock #: OEXM80B
Wrench, Metric, Combination, Standard Length, 7mm, 6-Point Stock #: OSHM70B  
Set, Wrench, Flare Nut Double End, 6-Point (5 pcs.) (1/4"-5/16" to 3/4"-13/16") Stock #: RXFS605B
Set, Wrench, Metric, Flare Nut Double End, 6-Point (6 pcs.) (9 to 21 mm) Stock #: RXFMS606B
Set, Wrench, Hex, L-Shape, Natural Finish, 13 pcs. Stock #: AWS13
Set, Wrench, Metric, Hex, L-Shape, Gold Finish, 9 pcs. Stock #: AWMG9
Set, Wrench, Adjustable, Snap-on (6" to 12’) (4 pcs.) Stock #: AD704A
Set, Wrench, Torx, Tamperproof, L-Shape, Natural Finish, 8 pcs. Stock #: AWTR8

Screwdriver sets
Set, Screwdriver, Combination, Instinct Hard Handle, Red, 8 pcs. Stock #: SHDX80R
Set, Nut Driver, Ergonomic Handle (7 pcs.) (1/4" to 1/2" in plastic tray) (Optional) Stock #: NDD1070A
Set, Nut Driver, Metric, Ergonomic Handle (7 pcs.) (6 mm to 12 mm in plastic tray) (Optional) Stock #: NDDM1070
Carbon Scraper, Rigid, Red, 1" Blade Width, 12 7/8" Stock #: CSA12CR
Set, Miniature Pick, Instinct Soft Grip, Red, 4 pcs. Stock #: SGASA204A

Set, Cutters/Pliers, 4 pcs. Stock #: PL400B
Set, Locking Pliers, Standard Grip, 4 pcs. Stock #: BLP404
Pliers, Retaining Ring, Fixed Tip, Convertible, 18°/.038" tips Stock #: PRH12
Pliers, Retaining Ring, Fixed Tip, Convertible, 18°/.047" tips Stock #: PRH32
Pliers, Snap Ring (3/32" wide straight tip, 1/16" thick end) Stock #: SRP3A
Wire Stripper/Cutter/Crimper/Bolt Cutter, (AWG 10 to 22), 8 1/4" Stock #: PWCS8 

Hammer, Ball Peen, 8 oz. Stock #: BPN8B
Hammer, Ball Peen, 16 oz. Stock #: BPN16B
Hammer, Ball Peen, 32 oz. Stock #: BPN32B
Hammer, Dead Blow, Slimline, 30 oz. Stock #: HBSE30

Pry bars: 1 set of your choice required
Set, Striking Prybars, Red, 4 pcs. Stock #: SPBS704R
Set, Prybar, 4 pcs. Stock #: PBS704

Punch & Chisels
Set, Punch and Chisel, 11 pcs. (Center/Pin/Starter/Flat) Stock #: PPC710BK
Punch, Drift, Bronze, 13/16" point, 12" Stock #: PPB1226A

Measuring & Misc:
Gauge, Feeler, U.S./Metric, 25 blades (.0015" thru .025") Stock #: FB325A
Gauge, Gap for Electronic Ignition Systems Stock #: FB360C
Rule, Steel, 6" Stock #: RULER600
Tape Rule, Inches/Stud Markings, 12 ft. Stock #: TPMA12
Caliper, Dial Type, U.S./Metric, 0 - 6" Stock #: PMF147A
Mirror, Rectangular, 15 1/4" extension (Mirror: 2 1/8" x 3 1/2") Stock #: GA294
Pick Up Tool, Magnetic, Telescopic Stock #: PHT5
Hacksaw, Professional Stock #: HSG325
Blow Gun, Bent Tube, 4" Stock #: AT4101
Flashlight, Spot, LED, Compact Stock #: ECF925BX
Wrench, Oil Filter, Band w/handles (2 7/8" to 3 1/4" filter diameter) Stock #: GA333C
Wrench, Oil Filter, Band w/handles (3 1/2" to 3 7/8" filter diameter) Stock #: GA340A 

Tester, Circuit, for 6 and 12V Systems, Red Stock #: EECT300HR
Set, Coiled Jump Leads, 4 pcs. Stock #: MTTL311
Multimeter, Digital, Automotive, Auto Ranging, True RMS Stock #: EEDM525D

Torque Wrenches
Torque Wrench, Adj. Click Type, U.S., Flex-Ratchet, 5-75 ft. lb., 3/8" drive (Optional) Stock #: QD2FR75
Torque Wrench, Adj. Click Type, U.S., Fixed-Ratchet, 50-250 ft. lb., 1/2" drive Stock #: QD3R250

The following tools will increase productivity when first employed.
Ratchet, Air, Super Duty, 3/8" Drive (5-70 ft. lb.) Stock #: FAR7200
Impact Wrench, Heavy Duty, Composite Rear Housing, 1/2" drive Stock #: ATC500
Set, Socket, Impact, Deep, 6-Point (13 pcs.) (1/2" to 1 1/4")  Stock #: 313SIMA
Set, Socket, Metric, Impact, Deep, 6-Point (15 pcs.) (10 to 24 mm) Stock #: 315SIMMYA
Set, Metric, Impact Swivel Socket, Shallow, 6 pt., 7 pcs. Stock #: 307IPLMY
Set, Air Hammer, Super Duty Stock #: PH3050BCH4
Drill, Air, Reversible, 3/8" capacity Stock #: AT3000
Drill, Air, Reversible, 1/2" capacity Stock #: AT5000
Drill Kit, Cordless, 14.4 volt, 1/2" capacity Stock #: CDR4450
General Service Set, Brakes, 5 pcs. Stock #: BTK5
Set, Puller, Bolt Grip, 1 1/4" to 3 13/16" (includes storage case) Stock #: CJ2001P
Set, Pliers, Needle Nose, 3 pcs. Stock #: PL6711A
Set, Socket, Deep, 6-Point (13 pcs.) (3/8" to 1 1/8") Stock #: 313TSYA
Set, Socket, Metric, Deep, 12-Point (13 pcs.) (12 to 24 mm) Stock #: 313SMYA
Creeper, Standard, Adjustable, Red Stock #: JCW65AR

There are many more tools that will assist with your work, but can be purchased as you find they would be useful.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

The number of vehicles in use is expected to continue to rise. More entry-level service technicians will be needed to perform basic maintenance and repair, such as replacing brake pads and changing oil, on these vehicles. New technologies, however, such as electric vehicles, may limit future demand for automotive service technicians and mechanics because these vehicles will be more reliable and thus require less frequent maintenance and repair.

Automotive Technician, Automotive Electronics Technician, Auto Service Technician, Automotive Mechanic, Engine Technician, Service Technician

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $40,710 in May 2018.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: ADMT Auto Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 30 weeks.

This program will cost $6,450 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.

  1. Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: N/A
  2. Program does not meet licensure requirements in the following States: N/A
  3. Program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in the following States: N/A
  4. Program does not qualify students to sit for licensure exam in the following States: N/A
  5. The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Colorado

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: College Scorecards


Stamp of approval comes from respected national organization

In 1967 when the automotive technology program was started at Northeastern Junior College in the old Jamison Hall building located on Second Street, it was enough for a student to have a love of cars, a passion for engines and the ability to turn a wrench. Most automotive repair involved taking things out and putting things back in. Times have certainly changed. Today’s automotive and diesel technicians have to be computer savvy, be good at math and know electronics pretty well plus understand aerodynamics and they have to know how to turn a wrench, but with far greater precision. For NJC, staying up on automotive technology has been one of the great challenges of the program and also one of the biggest demands of the industry. 

Being recognized by the ASE Education Foundation  for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a huge stamp of approval on any automotive training program. Northeastern recently received designation on not one, but two of its automotive programs. The automotive technology program was renewed for ASE certification and the diesel program received this recognition for the first time this year.

The purpose of the accreditation process for automotive technician training program is to improve the quality of training offered at secondary and post-secondary, public and proprietary schools.

To get this accreditation, both of the college’s programs were closely evaluated by NATEF  in all areas from its facilities to the number of instructional hours. NJC clearly demonstrated that it has skilled instructors and the latest tools and equipment to engage and teach students well in these areas.

“We are proud of this coveted recognition and our ability to produce competent technicians and employable students so desperately needed by the automotive industry,” says Stanton Gartin, Vice President of Academics at the college.

The motor vehicle repair industry has taken on a new sophistication. It requires advanced technical training and computer literacy and expects the top training programs across the nation to train technicians that have thorough knowledge of automotive systems and components, good computer skills, excellent communication skills, above average mechanical aptitude, good reasoning ability; ability to read and follow instructions; and manual dexterity

NATEF examines the structure and resources of training programs and evaluates them against nationally accepted standards of quality. The evaluation process ensures that accredited training programs meet or exceed industry-recognized, uniform standards of excellence.

Accreditation of an automotive training program brings with it program credibility, prestige, recognition, and overall program improvement. The accreditation process benefits everyone: schools, students, future employers, and the automotive service industry.

To achieve this accreditation and associated certification, the NJC program had to undergo a program self-evaluation followed by a NATEF review of these self-evaluation materials. This was followed with an onsite evaluation where several key individuals recognized by NATEF did a visit to the NJC site. When industry requirements are met, the program being evaluation will become accredited for a period of five years.

Playing a huge role in the ASE Accreditation for NJC was the automotive program advisory committee at NJC. Program advisory committees are organized to provide advice and assistance to the teachers and administrators of specific programs. These advisory committees assist with ongoing curriculum development and program evaluation.

Serving on the automotive advisory program committee at NJC is Wally Beardsley representing Re-1 Valley School District, Tim Richie, NAPA Auto and Truck Parts, Arlin Dressel of ALD Automotive (Yuma, CO) Mike Schadegg of Wolf Auto, Rob Ahlbrandt of MHC Kenworth (Greeley, CO) Cherie Brungardt of NJC, Cindy Carey of NJC, Mike Fracchinello of Korf (Yuma, CO) Mike Gillespie of Charlie’s Diesel Service, Diana Haas of RE-1 Valley School District, Jeff Osuch of Erlich Toyota East (Fort Morgan, CO) and Eric Weber of Korf Continental. These advisory committee members should be especially proud of helping guide the NJC programs to this ASE credentialing. 

Junior and senior high school students can complete the Maintenance & Inspection Certificate in one semester by passing three automotive courses that are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Students can start in the fall or spring semester.

The training gives students basic vehicle maintenance skills to allow them to work in their hometown while still in high school. Students will also learn how to take care of their own vehicles even if they don't plan on pursuing advanced training or employment.

Interested students should talk to their high school counselor to include it in their ICAP and make sure they have the high school requirements completed so it will fit into their schedules. Students and parents can also contact the NJC Student Success Center to talk with an advisor.

Daniel Knight
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Daniel Knight

Seeing how the NJC shop compared to his high school shop was mind blowing.

Taner Brandner
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Taner Brandner

The teachers make it feel less like a school and more like a group of friends hanging out, while still learning.

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