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Madison WI 53704

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Automotive Technology-Comprehensive

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 106026

Overview

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


Admission

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. 

Questions?

Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

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.

First Semester

10-602-102

5 credits




10-602-156

2 credits


10-602-166

5 credits


10-804-134

3 credits


Second Semester

10-442-126

2 credits


10-602-157

5 credits


10-602-158

1 credits


10-602-163

5 credits


10-801-195

3 credits


10-809-199

3 credits


Third Semester

10-602-153

4 credits


10-602-154

5 credits


10-602-162

2 credits


10-806-139

3 credits


10-809-195

3 credits


Fourth Semester

10-602-150

4 credits


10-602-152

4 credits


10-801-197

3 credits


Outcomes

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.

Employability

  • 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.

Professionalism

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

Ethics/Respect/Integrity

  • 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.

Communication

  • 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.

 

Careers

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 

Find open jobs in this industry on Wisconsin TechConnecttm. Registration Required.

  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    68
    Tuition
    $9125.60
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $1850.00
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Program Costs:
    $10975.60
  • Graduate Summary
    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
  • Graduate Employers
    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

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - 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 techconnect@madisoncollege.edu