Got the Drive For Success? Automotive Technology program at LRSC merges science and technology for today’s industry


At Lake Region State College, the science and technology of automotive mechanics blends with hands-on learning. Students implement all new technologies from classroom to lab to enhance learning.


The Automotive Technology program at Lake Region State College is nationally certified by the NATEF (National Automotive Education Foundation), which ensures that instruction is provided by qualified faculty, with proper tools and equipment and up-to-date curriculum. Technicians are trained in the latest testing equipment and special tools needed to repair all types of automobiles.

The Automotive Technology program at Lake Region State College is student-centered with both classroom lectures and hands-on experiences.

“Our graduates leave as highly qualified and motivated individuals that work in a variety of fields in the automotive industry including automotive dealerships, independent shops and service centers,” said Rick McAllister, LRSC Automotive Technology instructor.

The certificate and diploma are offered under a competency-based career and technical education format which provides self-paced, individualized instruction.

Curriculum is structured to include training in the eight areas of skills as stated by the National Institution for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Voluntary certification testing with ASE upon completion of the program is strongly encouraged.

“I wanted to attend a program that was close to home and focus on a career that complemented the family farming operation, so I chose the automotive technology program because of its reputation and closeness to home. The instructors (Rick McAllister and Randy Olson) were great! They give students one-on-one attention and always are willing to go the extra mile to assist students,” said Kirby Kallenbach of Maddock.
Students have a variety of certification levels to choose when going into the Automotive Technology program, and can earn a certificate, diploma, or degree.

The associate in applied science degree has a total of 84 total credit hours, with 20 credits of general education required. A diploma in automotive technology has a total of 70 total credit hours, with a 2.0 GPA required to successfully complete diploma requirements. Finally, a certificate has a total of 38 total credit hours completed in two semesters.

The program is offered at the LRSC campus in Devils Lake.

For more information contact or call (800) 443-1313 or (701) 662-1514.

—-Taken from the Devils Lake Journal