Get your mechanic training at Ranken, and learn the latest in automotive maintenance.

Does a career in the automotive maintenance industry sound right for you?

You’re a hands-on problem solver, and you like to face new challenges every day.

You can see the big picture and the details, and you like the idea of working with new technology and electronics.

You like to help people and take pride in doing valuable work – getting the job done right.

Does this sound like you? If so, auto mechanics school could be the path to a successful and rewarding career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many job openings will be created by the need to replace retiring technicians.

Job opportunities are expected to be very good for those who complete postsecondary mechanic training programs and who earn ASE certification.

Why choose Ranken for automation maintenance training?

Wondering how to become a mechanic? An auto mechanics school, like Ranken, is the best way to get the mechanic training you need.

The average vehicle today has 30 microprocessors on board, and as technology and electronics continue to influence the automotive industry, many automobile dealerships and independent repair shops are in need of skilled technicians capable of solving new and complex problems.

To meet this need, Ranken offers an Automotive Maintenance Technology (AMT) program that provides students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required by leading automotive manufacturers and service facilities today.

Our students regularly compete in SkillsUSA and win top honors at the local, state and national levels. The program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), which is a branch of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and an industry benchmark of automotive certification.

Ranken’s award-winning Automotive Maintenance Technology program is also offered at our Wentzville location. Students will attend classes loaded with hands-on activities for four days each week while completing the four-semester program.

If you’re trying to figure out how to become a mechanic while holding down your day job, don’t worry. Classes can also be taken in the evening; making it easier to find employment during the day.

Brand Specific Programs

For students interested in employment with the region’s leading auto manufacturers, Ranken currently offers three Certified Dealership Technician tracks:

  • Automotive Import Technology, which combines:
    • Toyota’s Technical Education Network (T-TEN)
    • Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT)
  • Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET)
  • General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (GM ASEP)

In addition to on-campus instruction and training, students enrolled in these programs complete a professional internship in a dealership or repair shop during their final semester.

Professional Technician Program

Students in Ranken’s Professional Technician Program have the opportunity to earn while they learn with a unique program featuring paid internships at specifically selected work sites.

Entry into this program is open to students enrolled in the first semester of Ranken’s Automotive Maintenance Technology program, and is based on student applications and available openings with participating employers. Learn more.

High Performance Racing Technology

Students who wish to pursue a high performance option may do so at the end of their third semester.

Alan J. Townsend

Instructor, Full Time

Thomas G. Moors

Instructor, Full Time

Daniel P. Yates

Instructor, Full Time

Gregory R. Tervort

Workforce Development Specialist and Instructor, Full Time

Kevin W. Webb

Instructor, Full Time

Christopher L. Webb

Instructor, Full Time

Robert M. Turner

Instructor, Full Time

William F. Stewart

Instructor, Full Time

John J. Springmeyer

Instructor, Full Time

John W. Shoffner

Instructor, Full Time

Ronald L. Raines

Department Chair & Instructor, Full Time

D. Craig Poe

Instructor, Full Time

Alan L. Osborne

Instructor, Full Time

Timothy F. Michel

Department Chair & Instructor, Full Time

Christopher L. McNealy

Instructor, Full Time

Kyle M. Lympus

Instructor, Full Time

Donald B. Hopkins

Instructor, Full Time

Steven J. Davenport

Instructor, Full Time

Robert L. Callanan

Department Chair & Instructor, Full Time

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Ranken’s AMT program provides students with four semesters of hands-on training and instruction in diagnosing and repairing automotive problems and malfunctions.

The program develops student proficiencies in the following areas:

  • Engine repair
  • Automatic transmission/transaxle
  • Manual drivetrain and axles
  • Suspension and steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Engine performance

During the last 40 days of the program, students will gain real-world experience as they participate in an on-site automotive practicum in which they will service and repair customer vehicles.

For students who wish to specialize in a particular brand or area of Automotive Maintenance Technology, the major offers several different tracks: brand specific programs, professional technician programs and high performance racing technology.