This two-year, four semester program prepares students for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology. The program provides necessary training to diagnose, test, and repair modern cars and light trucks. Graduates are ready for positions as entry-level automotive technicians, service writers, and with experience, service managers and automotive repair business owners.
The Automotive Technology program at MATC is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certified program. Students in the program have the option to be certified by the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) in refrigerant recover/recycling.
MATC has an articulation agreement with Pittsburg State University, Kansas State University, and Fort Hays State University. Through these agreements, students may transfer their MATC credits towards a Bachelor's degree.
This program aligns with the Kansas Board of Regents Curriculum.
The graduate of the Automotive Technology program will:
- Possess skills for entry-level placement utilizing the laboratory/shop requirements identified by NATEF.
- Successfully complete the ASE certification examination.
- Develop skills in automotive diagnosis and repair.
- Develop effective communication and interpersonal skills and future continuing education.
Schedule a visit
Campus visits are available by appointment at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please call (785) 587-2800 to schedule your visit.
Submit an application
The earlier the better! Enrollment is limited, and applicants are admitted on a first-applied, first accepted basis for all programs except Nursing and Dental Hygiene.
Apply for financial aid
Once you are accepted, MATC will contact you to attend a new student orientation 2-3 months before classes begin.
- MATC Merit Scholarship
- Briggs Auto Group Scholarship
- Little Apple Toyota Honda Scholarship
- Burnett Automotive Scholarship
ASE Certification Areas:
- Automatic Transmission & Transaxle
- Electrical Electronic Systems
- Engine Performance
- Engine Repair
- Heating and Air Conditioning
- Manual Drive Train & Axles
- Suspension & Steering
- Automotive Electrical Specialist
- Brakes Specialist
- Engine Performance Specialist
- General Automotive Technician
- Automotive Machinist
- Automatic Transmission Specialist
The salary range for the Automotive Technology graduates was $8.00-$16.00 per hour. Wages and benefits vary depending on location of employment. The Automotive Technology program had a 100% placement rate for the 2014 graduates.
Outlook for Employment in Field in Kansas
The Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics occupations had an average annual employment of 6319 in 2006 and a projection of 6643 in 2016. That represents an increase of 324 (5.1%) jobs. In addition, there will be an additional 1267 employees needed to serve as replacements for those who leave the field.
Outlook for Employment in Field Nationwide
In addition to openings from growth, 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 automotive training programs and who earn ASE certification. Some employers report difficulty in finding workers with the right skills. People with good diagnostic and problem-solving abilities, training in electronics, and computer skills are expected to have the best opportunities. Those without formal automotive training are likely to face competition for entry-level jobs.
Most new job openings will be in automobile dealerships and independent repair shops where most automobile service technicians currently work. However, the large-scale restructuring and closing of many automobile dealerships will lead to fewer openings in dealer service centers for the initial part of the next decade.