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.
Students in the Automotive Technician program can attend full or part time.
Automotive Technician program classes may be offered at this Madison College campus:
- 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
- Automotive Tools and Equipment Sales
- Auto Repair
Earn Industry Certifications
EPA 609 Certification
You will be trained and test to receive the EPA 609 certification for Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning systems. This is required to service and repair automobile air conditioning systems.
Completing the Automotive Service Technician program gives you 1 of the 2 years of technical experience required for the ASE Certification.
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 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
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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.
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- Application completion deadline is January 15, 2024
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- Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024
All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.
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
Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:
- High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
- GED/HSED transcript
- College transcript(s) showing:
- Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
- At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
- The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
- Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum
All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.
Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
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.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
MATC Automotive Technician program graduates are prepared for:
- 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.
- 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.
- Explain and apply technical concepts and their interrelationships between various vehicular systems.
- Demonstrate applications of technical knowledge to other technologies and disciplines.
- Diagnose customer complaints accurately and demonstrate mechanical aptitude in the servicing of vehicles.
- Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate and solve problems.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 19 13 13 Number of Surveys Sent 18 13 13 Number of Surveys Returned 14 5 12 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 13 5 12 Percent Available for Employment 92.90% 100.00% 100.00% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 7.10% 0.00% 0.00% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 12 5 12 Percent of Graduates Employed 92.30% 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 11 4 10 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 91.70% 80.00% 83.30% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 1 2 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 8.30% 20.00% 16.70% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 1 0 0 Percent Seeking Employment 7.70% 0.00% 0.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 3.4 3.6 Number of Satisfaction Responses 14 5 12 Very Satisfied (4) 10 2 7 Percent Very Satisfied 71.40% 40.00% 58.30% Satisfied (3) 4 3 5 Percent Satisfied 28.60% 60.00% 41.70% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 14 5 12 Preparation for Getting a Job 6 0 5 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 42.90% 0.00% 41.70% Career Change 1 1 3 Percent Career Change 7.10% 20.00% 25.00% Improvement of Existing Skills 4 2 3 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 28.60% 40.00% 25.00% Preparation for Further Education 1 0 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 7.10% 0.00% 0.00% Personal Interest 2 2 1 Percent Personal Interest 14.30% 40.00% 8.30% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 11 5 12 Before Enrollment 5 2 2 Percent Before Enrollment 45.50% 40.00% 16.70% While Attending the College 3 0 4 Percent While Attending the College 27.30% 0.00% 33.30% After Training at the College 3 3 6 Percent After Training at the College 27.30% 60.00% 50.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 9 5 9 In College District 9 5 9 Percent In College District 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 11 3 10 Average Monthly Wage $2,912 $3,340 $3,079 Average Hourly Wage $16.93 $19.42 $17.90 Average Work Hours per Week 44.5 43.3 41.7 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $13.00 Average Work Hours per Week 30
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Agustin's Auto Services Owner/Technician Bergstrom Chevrolet-Cadillac-Oldsmobile Automotive Technician Bill Fritz Technician Byrider Madison Technician East Madison Toyota Technician Ewald Automotive Group Parts Oconomowoc Harold's Muffler & Auto Care Mechanic Fort Atkinson Jon Lancaster, Inc Express Technician Premier Cooperative Automotive Technician Mount Horeb Southside Automotive Automotive Technician Beaver Dam
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