Automotive Technician



80% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.


Student Satisfaction

99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.


Annual Salary

Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $35,208.

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 324042

Credits: 58

Area of Study: Transportation

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $8,056.20
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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

To Apply

After Acceptance

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


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


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 program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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.



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

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates212821
    Number of Surveys Sent212821
    Number of Surveys Returned161611
    Percent of Surveys Returned76.20%57.10%52.40%
    Available for Employment161611
    Percent Available for Employment100.00%100.00%100.00%
    Not in Labor Market000
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed161610
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%90.90%
    Employed in Related Occupation13148
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation81.30%87.50%80.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation321
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation18.80%12.50%10.00%
    Employed - No Response001
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%10.00%
    Seeking Employment001
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%9.10%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses161611
    Very Satisfied (4)12136
    Percent Very Satisfied75.00%81.30%54.50%
    Satisfied (3)415
    Percent Satisfied25.00%6.30%45.50%
    Unsatisfied (2)010
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%6.30%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)010
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%6.30%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses161611
    Preparation for Getting a Job863
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job50.00%37.50%27.30%
    Career Change202
    Percent Career Change12.50%0.00%18.20%
    Improvement of Existing Skills372
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills18.80%43.80%18.20%
    Preparation for Further Education011
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%6.30%9.10%
    Personal Interest323
    Percent Personal Interest18.80%12.50%27.30%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses1699
    Before Enrollment312
    Percent Before Enrollment18.80%11.10%22.20%
    While Attending the College733
    Percent While Attending the College43.80%33.30%33.30%
    After Training at the College654
    Percent After Training at the College37.50%55.60%44.40%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses161610
    In College District14168
    Percent In College District87.50%100.00%80.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District200
    Percent of In Wisconsin12.50%0.00%0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin002
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%20.00%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count11118
    Average Monthly Wage$2,557 $2,429 $2,934
    Average Hourly Wage$14.86 $14.12 $17.06
    Average Work Hours per Week46.442.540.4
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count10
    Average Hourly Wage$12.00
    Average Work Hours per Week3018
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    ADESA Salt Lake Vehicle Inspector Salt Lake City UT
    American Auto Madison LLC Automotive Technician
    Dells Auto Center Automotive Technician Wisconsin Dells
    Jon Lancaster, Inc Express Technician
    Metro Ford Of Madison Automotive Technician
    South Street Motors Auto Mechanic Sun Prairie
    Zimbrick Inc Service Technician
    Zimbrick Inc Technician

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    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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