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Frequently Asked Questions

Automotive Technology Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Automotive Technician and the Automotive Technology programs?
When can I start the program?
When can I apply, and how can I apply?
What are the admissions requirements?
Does this program have a waitlist and how long is it?
What is the cost of tuition?
How long is the program and what kind of diploma/degree will I receive?
What is a typical schedule?
Can I start working towards graduation requirements before I am accepted into the program?
Can I just take one or two of the Automotive classes without applying to the program?
Who do I ask if I have additional questions?

What is the difference between Automotive Technician and Automotive Technology?

  • In both programs you’ll learn the same auto mechanics skill content. Graduates of both programs typically start out as technicians.

  • The Auto Technology associate degree program has more general studies course in the curriculum such as Math, Physics, etc. These general courses may help prepare you for mid-management positions or completing a four year degree. 

  • The technical diploma program (Automotive Technician) has fewer general studies in the curriculum.  Because of this, you do spend some additional time in the lab working on automotive skills. 

When can I start the program?

  • You can only start the Automotive programs in the fall semester.
  • A waitlist can form for these two programs so the year you start depends on when you applied and the status of the waitlist. (See “Do the Automotive programs have a waitlist?”)

When can I apply, and how can I apply?

  • The Automotive Technician and Automotive Technology programs accept students for fall semesters only.  You can apply as early as August 1 for the next year’s fall admittance.
  • Given that a waitlist typically forms for these two programs, we recommend you apply early.
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What are the admission requirements?

  • Both programs require at least a 2.0 high school GPA (if you have a GED or HSED, you are waived from this requirement.), or at least 12 credits of college coursework with a GPA of a 2.0.
  • If you do not have the 2.0 high school or college GPA, you will be admitted on probation into the 3-year Auto Technician program.  In the 3-year program you will take only general studies courses and metals courses for the first year.  If you complete the required classes with a 2.0 or higher, you will be admitted to take the core Automotive courses.
  • If you have special circumstances, you may appeal this decision to the lead automotive instructor.

What is the cost of tuition?

How long is the program and what kind of diploma/degree will I receive?

  • The Auto Technology program awards an associate degree, and the Auto Technician program awards a two year technical diploma.
  • Both programs will take two years to complete if you take all the classes each semester and in sequence.

What is a typical schedule?

  • Students typically go full-time during the day.  We currently do not offer evening sections.
  • All classes are held at the Madison Truax campus.

Does this program have a waitlist?

  • A waitlist always forms for both programs so the earlier you apply the better.

  • Even if you are initially placed on a waitlist, you may be able to take the spot of someone who decides not to attend. 

  • If you have already completed an application and want to know what number you are on the waitlist, contact academic advisising at 608-246-6076 or advising@madisoncollege.edu

Can I start working towards graduation requirements before I am accepted into the program?

Can I just take one or two of the program automotive classes without applying to the program?

  • No. Because this program has a waitlist Automotive classes are full to capacity with program students.  As a result you cannot register for our program classes before being admitted into the program.