Automotive Service Technology

Automotive Service Technology Automotive Service Technology

The importance of professional automobile repair in today's mobile society cannot be overstated. Vehicles have skyrocketed in cost and are kept in service longer. There is a shortage of trained, knowledgeable auto service technicians. Skilled technicians are needed to perform preventive maintenance, repairs and adjustments. Ferris State University has been educating automotive service students for more than 50 years.

The Automotive Service Technology major at Ferris features instruction in modern facilities with an emphasis on computer integration and Controller Area Networking. The AST degree is currently seeking re-accreditation by NATEF and students are trained in all ASE areas, including a solid overview of new emerging technologies. Students complete more than 1,080 hours of instruction on more than 100 late-model vehicles under the supervision of full-time automotive service faculty. With the associate degree, students who wish to build upon their education may easily pursue a bachelor's degree in Automotive Management, or Automotive Engineering Technology within the School of Automotive and Heavy Equipment.

  • The degree prepares you to:
  • Utilize specialized equipment and tools to diagnose and repair vehicle systems
  • Interpret data to decide on a course of action
  • Adjust, repair or replace equipment components
  • Perform preventive maintenance tasks

Employment opportunities exist in every community and in all parts of the country. The career path open to graduates is from service technician to shop foreman, to manager, or even to business owner. With experience and continued education, opportunities are unlimited.


  • Ferris has prepared technicians for industry since the early 1950s
  • 11 full-time A.S.E. master certified faculty members
  • Ferris is an ASE test site
  • Over 100 late-model vehicles onsite to complement instruction
  • Curriculum focuses on current technology; products 7 years old and newer
  • Excellent industry and alumni support
  • The degree feeds directly into multiple bachelor degree options for students wishing to continue their education


While enrolled in AST, students have the option of also obtaining two additional certificates, one in Performance Motorsports and a second in Performance Machining. These certificates provide added focus on engine machining/rebuilding, engine dynamometer and flow bench usage and engine testing and analysis.


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 major must have a high school diploma with a minimum 2.7 GPA and ACT math sub-score of 19 or better. Students not meeting entry requirement are encouraged to apply for acceptance into the University to prepare for entry into AST. Enrolled students need to furnish their own hand tools, protective eye devices, and appropriate lab attire.


Upon completion of the Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Service Technology, graduates pursue Bachelor of Science degrees in the following areas:

  • Automotive Engineering Technology
  • Automotive Management
  • Technical Education

Other graduates move right into the workplace as:

  • Dealership technicians
  • Independent shop technicians
  • Fleet technicians



Automotive Center
Ferris State University
708 Campus Drive, AUT 101
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 591-2655
Fax: (231) 591-5982