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Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $34,944.
Automotive Technician
Program Number: 324042
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
58 Credits | Finish training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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$8,178.00 Tuition
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  • Program Overview

    The Automotive Technician program at Madison College is a two-year diploma that covers a wide range of mechanical systems found in automobiles. We strongly recommend that you work in the auto repair industry while in this program in order to gain additional hands-on experience. 

    As an Automotive Technician student, you will: 

    • Learn electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems technology.
    • Diagnose and repair automotive and light truck equipment. 
    • Understand engine breathing, ignition systems, computer control and sensors, fuel and air management, and emission systems.
    • Gain skills on heating and air conditioning systems, including vacuum and electrical controls, and automatic temperature control systems using modern tools and diagnostic equipment.
    • Test equipment and troubleshoot circuits, such as lighting, windshield wipers, power windows, instruments and sound systems.
    • Diagnose and rebuild electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems in modern automatic transmissions and transaxles.
    • Rebuild clutches, standard transmissions, manual transaxles, drivelines and differentials.

    Students who complete the Automotive Technician program earn a two-year technical diploma. Graduates may also attain an associate degree in Automotive Technology by completing the General Education classes for the Automotive Technology-Comprehensive program. 

    The Automotive Technician program is accredited through the ASE Education Foundation.

    Program Details

    Students in the Automotive Technician program can attend full or part time.  

    Automotive Technician program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax


    Earning your two-year Technical Diploma in the Automotive Technician program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:  

    • Automotive Service Technician
    • Auto Electronics Specialist
    • Transmission and Drive Train Specialist
    • Alignment Specialist
    • Automotive Machine Specialist
    • Service Manager or Assistant Service Manager
    • Service Writer
    • Parts and Sales Specialists

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Shop Foreman
    • Specialty Technician
    • Fleet Dispatcher
    • Specialty/Repair Shop Owner
    • Service Manager

    You also will be prepared for employment in other industries, including;

    • Forklift Service
    • Small Engine
    • Industrial Equipment Repair
    • Manufacturing
    • Engineering
    • Automotive Tools and Equipment Sales
    • Auto Repair
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    5 credits
    Second Semester
    5 credits
    5 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    5 credits
    1 credit
    4 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    5 credits
    5 credits
    2 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022

    Spring 2023 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2023

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirement
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for these programs. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.
    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Career Outcomes

    MATC Automotive Technician program graduates are prepared for:   

    Lifelong Learning

    • Assume responsibility for continuing education in order to maintain skills and enhance professional growth.
    • Exhibit self-management and study skills necessary to succeed in increasingly challenging academic environments.


    • Demonstrate work ethics and reliable behavior, including but not limited to assuming responsibility for decisions and actions, utilizing time and stress management skills, and displaying initiative.


    • Demonstrate pride in profession through motivation and initiative, positive attitude, and flexibility.


    • Demonstrate professional ethics, honesty and respect when dealing with customers, co-workers and supervisors.

    Working Cooperatively

    • Work as a team member by demonstrating good communication and listening skills, cooperating, and providing a supportive environment.


    • Communicate clearly and professionally in both written and verbal communications to customers, co-workers and supervisors, using positive interpersonal skills, including but not limited to empathy, active listening and flexibility.

    Technical Knowledge

    • Explain and apply technical concepts and their interrelationships between various vehicular systems.
    • Demonstrate applications of technical knowledge to other technologies and disciplines.

    Technical Skills

    • Diagnose customer complaints accurately and demonstrate mechanical aptitude in the servicing of vehicles.
    • Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate and solve problems.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 28 21 19
      Number of Surveys Sent 28 21 18
      Number of Surveys Returned 16 11 14
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 16 11 13
      Percent Available for Employment 100.0% 100.0% 92.9%
      Not in Labor Market 0 0 1
      Percent Not in Labor Market 0.0% 0.0% 7.1%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 16 10 12
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 90.9% 92.3%
      Employed in Related Occupation 14 8 11
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 87.5% 80.0% 91.7%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 1 1
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 12.5% 10.0% 8.3%
      Employed - No Response 0 1 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 10.0% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 0 1 1
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 9.1% 7.7%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.5 3.7
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 16 11 14
      Very Satisfied (4) 13 6 10
      Percent Very Satisfied 81.3% 54.5% 71.4%
      Satisfied (3) 1 5 4
      Percent Satisfied 6.3% 45.5% 28.6%
      Unsatisfied (2) 1 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 6.3% 0.0% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 1 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 6.3% 0.0% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 16 11 14
      Preparation for Getting a Job 6 3 6
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 37.5% 27.3% 42.9%
      Career Change 0 2 1
      Percent Career Change 0.0% 18.2% 7.1%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 7 2 4
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 43.8% 18.2% 28.6%
      Preparation for Further Education 1 1 1
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 6.3% 9.1% 7.1%
      Personal Interest 2 3 2
      Percent Personal Interest 12.5% 27.3% 14.3%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 9 9 11
      Before Enrollment 1 2 5
      Percent Before Enrollment 11.1% 22.2% 45.5%
      While Attending the College 3 3 3
      Percent While Attending the College 33.3% 33.3% 27.3%
      After Training at the College 5 4 3
      Percent After Training at the College 55.6% 44.4% 27.3%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 16 10 12
      In College District 16 8 9
      Percent In College District 100.0% 80.0% 75.0%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 3
      Percent of In Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 25.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 2 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 20.0% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 11 8 11
      Average Monthly Wage $2,429 $2,934 $2,912
      Average Hourly Wage $14.12 $17.06 $16.93
      Average Work Hours per Week 42.5 40.4 44.5
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 0
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week 18.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Alkar Rapid Pack Inc Assembler Lodi
      Dahl Automotive Automotive Technician La Crosse
      Gagne Ford Auto Mechanic Princeton
      JDH Auto Repair Technician Prairie du Sac
      Skyline Services Manager Middleton
      Smart Motors Automotive Technician
      Trecek Automotive Automotive Technician Portage
      Wilde East Towne Honda Automotive Technician
      Zimbrick Inc Certified Automotive Technician
      Zimbrick Inc Automotive Technician
      Zimbrick Inc Technician

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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