Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Career Opportunities
Your career opportunities include working as an automotive service technician, mechanic, salesperson or estimator. In addition, our graduates frequently open their own businesses. The region’s leading employers are seeking out our graduates!
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The median annual wage for career opportunities for graduates of similar programs, according to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Award Types: AAS Degree, 2-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 68 (AAS), 62 (Diploma)


Southeast Tech's Automotive Technology Program Tops Nation's Best!

Do you find yourself in the garage working on your car just for fun? Are you looking for a career in the automotive trades with incredible growth and opportunity? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just two years with an Automotive Technology degree or diploma. As an Automotive Technician, you’ll work on many types of vehicles and perform various types of repairs ranging from transmission overhaul to computer systems diagnosis. You’ll learn a broad range of knowledge covering the manual drive train and axles, transmissions, brakes, suspension and steering, engine repair, electrical systems, engine performance and heating and air conditioning.

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Award Types: AAS Degree, 2-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 68 (AAS), 62 (Diploma)


Jason Merritt
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Jason has been an Automotive Service Technology instructor since 2000. His teaching career began at Riverland Community college in Albert Lea, Minn., where he taught courses in brakes, suspension, engine repair, fuel systems, basic and advanced electronics, general automotive, manual transmissions, clutches, HVAC and drivability.

In 2013, Jason began teaching at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls. Currently, he teaches Electrical/Electronics, Engine Performance, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning in the Automotive Technology program.

Jason began his career with a diploma in Auto Service Technology from North Dakota State College of Science. Later, he completed an associate of applied science at NDSCS. After graduation, Jason spent 10 years working in dealerships as an automotive technician, where he specialized in electronics and diagnostics. He is an ASE certified master technician and advanced drivability specialist. He is a member of the international automotive technician's network. Jason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Adult Career Education from Indiana state University in 2019.

As an instructor, Jason has been highly involved at the institutions, taking part in committees ranging from budgeting, marketing, to student success. He has been involved with the institute’s Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation process at two colleges. Jason currently serves on the HLC learning team as well as several other committees at Southeast Tech. He is also an advisor the SkillsUSA student club and a board member of SkillsUSA SD state.

Education: AAS Automotive Technology -NDSCS. BS Adult Career Education – Indiana State University. ASE: Master Automotive, Advanced Engine Performance.
Pat Amor
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Pat has taught five years in Automotive Technology. Prior to that he spent 25 years in industry as a service technician and a service manager at a local Ford Dealership. He also spent two years owning and operating his own independent automotive repair facility. Hobbies are custom cars and car shows, hunting and fishing.

Education: AAS, Automotive Technology, Southeast Tech; ASE Master Certification in Automotive
Terry Prouty
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Terry Prouty began working for Southeast Tech in August of 2010. After completing he worked full time for Jay Egge Automatic Service. In 2009 he went back to part-time so he could pursue a career in teaching. Terry is master certified in ASE and holds a post-secondary teaching certificate.

Terry owned and drove a racecar in the late model street stock class. He is also a third generation mechanic, which comes in handy for repairing his race car.

Education: AAS in Computer Networking and a Diploma in PC Support, Southeast Tech; AAS degree in Automotive Technology, Southeast Tech
David Heald
Lab Specialist
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David joined Southeast Tech July of 2016. After finishing his automotive degree at Hennepin County Vo-Tech he was employed by a Cadillac Dealer in the Twin Cities as a tech. There he experienced a great deal of hands-on training at the GM training facility. He moved to Sioux Falls in 1989 and worked at a local repair shop doing general repair for a few years and then left to start my own shop. David owned and ran a complete automotive shop over 20 years working on all makes and models and doing most any repair. His hobbies are classic cars, boating, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, and travel to the Caribbean Islands.

Education: Hennepin County Vo-Tech, GM factory training, Sun Electric scope and 4 gas operation. He has been a recertified ASE Master Tech, and served on the board of directors with South Dakota ASA.





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