School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

Truax A2105
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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Automotive Technology-Comprehensive

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 106026


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).

Program Details​

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.

Automotive Technology


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 2018-2019 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.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

3 credits

Fourth Semester


MATC Automotive Technology-Comprehensive 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 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
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Automotive Tools and Equipment Sales
  • Auto Repair 

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