High School Automotive Technology at NMU's Jacobetti Complex

Open to all 11th & 12th graders in Marquette & Alger Counties

Class location

NMU's Jacobetti Complex
2296 Sugar Loaf Ave
Marquette, MI 49855

Instructors: Randy Klitzke

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Career Focus

Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education


Students will develop a variety of knowledge and skills related to:

  • Workplace safety
  • Employability practices
  • Logical problem solving
  • Precision measurement
  • Electrical diagnostics

The diagnosis and repair of engine mechanical components such as:

  • Steering
  • Suspension and alignment
  • Brakes
  • Manual drivelines and axles
  • Electrical and electronic systems
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Automatic transmissions/transaxles
  • Proper engine performance

The fundamental purpose of the MARESA/NMU CTE Automotive program is to provide students an opportunity they cannot otherwise gain elsewhere, to support the sustainability of our communities by introducing youth to career pathways, to provide a rigorous educational offering that facilitates students in being career and college ready, and to positively impact students’ lives now and in the future.

The MARESA/NMU CTE Automotive program offers a half step toward the college atmosphere applicable to most any post-secondary context, curriculum in alignment with an affordable college degree - available locally, skills training targeted toward entry level employment, hands-on experience with modern technology and industry specific equipment, and a chance to try something new!

Skills learned in the automotive technology program may also be applied to:

  • Mining operations
  • Heavy (diesel) equipment
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • Auto parts sales
  • Performance racing industries

Job opportunities in automotive service exist in:

  • Manufacturer specific dealerships
  • Independent repair facilities
  • Specialty service providers
  • Fleet maintenance and repair facilities

The automotive technology instructor is ASE Master Technician certified (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) and the program is ASE accredited. 

This class is typically available to students in grades 11 - 12.

Students attend class made up of other Marquette and Alger County high school & homeschool students at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex from 12:30 - 2:30.

Prerequisites: Helpful attributes and abilities to have are good math skills and excellent attendance


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“Every single day I come in I learn something and this is the highlight of my day!”

Aaron, MARESA Automotive Service Technology Student
Marquette Senior High School Student

How to Get Started

High School Credit

Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a CTE class, as this is determined individually by school district.

College Credit

College credit(s) possible

  • Students can earn up to 12 college credits from NMU
  • Students must earn a grade of 90% or better and be recommended by the instructor
  • Each college reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy
  • Contact your college(s) to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score

NMU courses satisfied:

AUT 100 - Automotive Safety - NMU Credits Granted 1

AUT 110 - Powertrain Fundamentals - NMU Credits Granted 3

AUT 140 - Steering & Suspension Fundamentals - NMU Credits Granted 2

AUT 150 - Auto Brake Fundamentals - NMU Credits Granted 2

AUT 170 - Electrical & Electrical Systems I - NMU Credits Granted 4

Industry Certification

Industry-recognized Certification

*The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification (Test required)

*Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliant

*Certificates from the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3):

*Credentials are nationally recognized, portable and stackable, which means students have the option of attaining more advanced credentials in the future.

Success Story

Photo Gallery

Teacher shows students engine
Teacher showing students an engine
Students check underside of car
Students removing tire from car

What to do next?

Instructors: Randy Klitzke

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