Automotive Technology A.A.S.

  • An automotive student using diagnostic equipment

    Automotive Technology A.A.S.

    Join a nationally rated, ASE Education Foundation-accredited automotive technology program that gives you hands-on industry experience working with top automotive professionals.

Explore the automotive technology associate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Led by Master ASE Certified instructors, UAA’s automotive technology program offers state-of-the-art facilities, on-the-job-training and opportunities to obtain certifications and build your professional network. It’s the only program of its kind in Alaska that is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation at the Master Automobile Service Technology (MAST) level – the highest accreditation that can be obtained by automotive technology programs.

Automotive technology program options
  • General Motors (GM) ASEP: The GM ASEP training program is a joint effort between GM and UAA that provides GM-focused automotive training courses. The program combines state-of-the-art automotive technical training, academic coursework and real-world internship experiences and includes more than 90 GM STC training courses.
  • General Program: The general automotive technology program is a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automotive that offers National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) online training for students. As a National Leadership Member of NC3 and a model facility, UAA provides automotive students industry-recognized technical training and certification as a Mopar Level 1 Technician.
Hands-on learning in the automotive technology program
At UAA, you’ll get extensive hands-on experience working in our state-of-the-art training facility. You’ll also get on-the-job experience through a required practicum. We have numerous partnerships with Alaska car dealerships and repair facilities that donate cutting-edge equipment and often hire our alumni. We also provide registered apprenticeship opportunities through a local new car dealership that allow you to specialize as technicians for Honda, Acura, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda and Volvo.

Automotive technology scholarships and financial aid
Get help with tuition and other education expenses. We offer a variety of scholarships specifically for automotive students as well as other types of financial assistance. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Automotive Technology A.A.S.

Degree Type:

  • Associate

Concentration: General Motors ASEP Program, General Automotive Program

Program Length: Two years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: The ASE Education Foundation

Other program options: Undergraduate certificate in automotive technology

Did you know..

UAA’s automotive technology program is the only post-secondary automotive technical training program in Alaska that is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation at the Master Automobile Service Technology (MAST) level. This is the highest accreditation that can be obtained by automotive technology programs.

What can you do with an associate degree in automotive technology from UAA?

Our associate degree gives you the advanced technological training you’ll need for today’s automotive technician careers. The skills you learn can also be applied to a variety of job opportunities and automobile manufacturers. Many of our students are recruited from the program before they even graduate.

Automotive technology careers
Alumni from UAA’s automotive technology associate degree program have gone on to many different kinds of careers, from starting their own businesses to working with companies such as:
  • New and used car dealerships
  • Independent repair facilities
  • Large service and fleet repair facilities
  • Mass merchandisers
  • Aviation ground support equipment

By the numbers..

Ranked in the 20 Best Automotive Mechanic Schools in the United States

Automotive technology associate degree program highlights

Get the training and hands-on experience to excel in today’s most in-demand automotive careers by majoring in automotive technology at UAA.
  • Get hands-on experience in the automotive industry. The program includes a supervised practicum that can be completed by earning 12 credits of automotive credits (usually over the summer). Practicums vary depending on your career path and include working as service technicians at new car dealerships, fleet service centers, independent repair facilities and more.
  • Receive industry training using the latest technology found in today’s vehicles. Our program integrates specific industry training and certifications into the courses from FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat). We also offer potential certifications through Subaru and AC Delco training sites. Students in the GM ASEP program receive certifications directly from General Motors that are integrated into the program’s curriculum.
  • Get your ASE certification. We include training for ASE certifications and waive internal examinations for students who successfully pass specific certifications related to various courses. Many of our students are ASE certified by the time they graduate and hold several manufacturer-specific certifications.
  • Work closely with expert faculty. All of our instructors are Master ASE Certified and have numerous years of experience working with diverse manufacturers. Classes are small with plenty of one-on-one instruction, and faculty have close connections with a wide network of local industry professionals.
  • Earn credits you can apply toward further education. 100 percent of the credits from the program will transfer into the Bachelor of Science in applied technologies leadership at UAA.

Amazing stories from automotive technology majors

I’m thankful for the guidance of my automotive technology instructors at UAA. I am now a certified automotive technician in large part due to it. I look forward to chasing their accolades in the automotive industry, with their help of course and many technically challenging conversations and lots of problem-solving along the way.

Timothy Grosdidier
A.A.S. in Automotive Technology (GM ASEP)
Automotive students working on an engine.

Through a new partnership between Fiat Chrysler Automotive and UAA, automotive students and current technicians now have greater access to the company’s wide fleet of vehicles without leaving the state. Learn more.

Automotive dealers bring Chrysler training to UAA
An instructor demonstraiting for students

With more than 700 General Motors Certifications, our GM ASEP instructor is World Class Certified by General Motors and performs all of the technician technical training for the Alaska GM dealerships throughout Alaska.

Automotive technology associate degree program curriculum

The automotive technology program curriculum is modeled after a variety of successful corporate training programs. You’ll learn to diagnose and repair a full range of mechanical and electrical automotive components, including engines, transmissions, brake systems, heating and air conditioning systems and much more. The program incorporates several supervised internships and includes in-depth training in the latest technology and diagnostic strategies.

Top classes for automotive technology majors

  • Earn credit for working in the automotive field in the Automotive Technology Practicum. This course reinforces the technical knowledge learned in class while providing valuable work experience and establishing important connections in the field.