Associate Degree in Applied Science
The Automotive Technology program at Madison college is a two-year associate degree in automotive mechanical systems. Graduates may choose to go on to earn a bachelor's degree at a four-year institution.
As an Automotive Technology-Comprehensive student, you will:
- Develop hands-on skills in automotive and light truck technology, diagnosis and repair, focusing on electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems.
- Learn about engine breathing, ignition systems, computer control and sensors, fuel and air management, and emission systems.
- Develop the skills needed to diagnose, service, repair automatic transmission/transaxles, and overhaul procedures.
- Test equipment and troubleshoot circuits, such as lighting, windshield wipers, power windows, instruments and sound systems.
- Cover in detail service department operation and depth, from large to small organizations.
- Receive hands-on experience, including inspecting, troubleshooting, and repairing and replacing defective or worn parts of the complete brake system.
- Gain skills needed to diagnose, service and repair clutches, manual transmissions/transaxle, differentials, four-wheel drive/all-wheel drive and drive axles.
We strongly recommend that you work in the automobile repair industry while in this program to gain additional real-world experience.
The Automotive Technology-Comprehensive program is accredited through the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
Students in the Automotive Technology-Comprehensive program can attend full or part time.
Automotive Technology-Comprehensive program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
Madison - Truax
Explore financial aid eligibility for Automotive Technology-Comprehensive.
All courses for this program are offered only in person.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.
- Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
- Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience, including campus tours and program open houses.
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 EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 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.10-602-1025 credits10-602-1252 credits10-602-1272 credits10-602-1562 credits10-602-1665 credits10-804-1343 credits10-442-1262 credits10-602-1575 credits10-602-1581 credits10-602-1635 credits10-801-1953 credits10-809-1993 credits10-602-1534 credits10-602-1545 credits10-602-1622 credits10-806-1393 credits10-809-1953 credits10-602-1152 credits10-602-1505 credits10-602-1525 credits10-801-1973 credits
MATC Automotive Technology-Comprehensive 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.
Earning your associate degree in the Automotive Technology-Comprehensive program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:
- Service Technician
- Service Writer
- Auto Parts Salesperson
- Diagnostic Specialist
- Service Manager
- Specialized Technician
- Equipment Salesperson
- Equipment Service and Training Technician
- Service Director
- Lab Technician
- Shop Owner
- Fleet Manager
- Service Writer
- Parts and Ssales Specialist
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
Estimated Program Cost
# of Credits for Completion70Tuition$9555.00Materials/Supplemental Costs$2585.79Other Costs$0.00Total Estimated Program Costs:
(book costs not included)$12140.79
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2016 2017 2018 Number of Program Graduates 7 9 4 Number of Surveys Sent 7 9 4 Number of Surveys Returned 5 5 3 Percent of Surveys Returned 71.40% 55.60% 75.00% Available for Employment 4 5 3 Percent Available for Employment 80.00% 100.00% 100.00% Not in Labor Market 1 0 0 Percent Not in Labor Market 20.00% 0.00% 0.00% Available for Employment
2016 2017 2018 Graduates Employed 4 5 3 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 4 4 3 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 80.00% 100.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 1 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 20.00% 0.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 0 0 0 Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.2 3.8 3.3 Number of Satisfaction Responses 5 5 3 Very Satisfied 1 4 2 Percent Very Satisfied 20.00% 80.00% 66.70% Satisfied 4 1 0 Percent Satisfied 80.00% 20.00% 0.00% Unsatisfied 0 0 1 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 33.30% Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Number of Primary Reason Responses 5 5 3 Preparation for Getting a Job 2 1 0 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 40.00% 20.00% 0.00% Career Change 1 1 0 Percent Career Change 20.00% 20.00% 0.00% Improvement of Existing Skills 1 2 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 20.00% 40.00% 0.00% Preparation for Further Education 0 0 1 Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 0.00% 33.30% Personal Interest 1 1 1 Percent Personal Interest 20.00% 20.00% 33.30% Other 0 0 1 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 33.30% When Employment was Obtained
2016 2017 2018 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 4 5 3 Before Enrollment 2 1 1 Percent Before Enrollment 50.00% 20.00% 33.30% While Attending the College 1 2 1 Percent While Attending the College 25.00% 40.00% 33.30% After Training at the College 1 2 1 Percent After Training at the College 25.00% 40.00% 33.30% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2016 2017 2018 Number of Employment Location Responses 4 5 3 In College District 3 5 3 Percent In College District 75.00% 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 1 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 25.00% 0.00% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3 4 3 Average Monthly Wage $2,660 $2,786 $3,866 Average Hourly Wage $15.46 $16.20 $22.48 Average Work Hours per Week 52.5 41.3 43.3 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week
Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018 Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison Number of Full Time Positions Open 64 92 Number of Part Time Positions Open 20 8 Total Jobs 84 100 Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018 Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions Applegate Auto Auto Mechanic Madison Area Technical College Instructor Topels Towing And Repair Auto Technician Lake Mills
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