Automotive Technology

Program Guide

Fall 2018 Schedule

Spring 2019 Schedule

Tool List

Gainful Employment

The Program

Are you a gear head or car junkie who dreams of one day opening your own auto shop or pursuing a rewarding career in the automotive service industry?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the market for auto mechanics and service technicians will grow by about 10 percent over the next 8 years – making the job opportunities for qualified professionals entering into this field rather plentiful.

Salina Tech’s Automotive Technology Program is taught by ASE certified master technicians with over 30 years of combined experience in the automotive service industry. Our shop facilities are equipped with the latest equipment being used in auto shops today and each of our students receives their own personal tablet computer so that every piece of information they require is in the palm of their hand.

Throughout the two-year program, students will obtain the knowledge and skills they need to properly maintain, repair and troubleshoot various automotive components including, steering, transmission, suspension, drive trains, brakes, and electrical systems, among many others. In addition to class time, students will have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience with real-world automotive service jobs so that when they do graduate, their transition into an entry-level position is seamless.  

This program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) -- a division of the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). All high school students who enroll must start the program as juniors.

Institutional Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically.
2.  Demonstrate proficiency in technical program learning outcomes.
3.  Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication.
4.  Develop positive work habits and interpersonal skills needed for employment.





Program Outcomes

1. Diagnose, service, and repair electrical systems.
2.  Diagnose, service, and repair suspension and steering systems.
3.  Diagnose, service, and repair engines.
4.  Diagnose, service, and repair automatic transmissions and transaxles.
5. Diagnose, service and repair manual drive trains and axles.
6. Diagnose, service, and repair automotive HVAC systems.
7. Diagnose, service, and repair drum and disc brake systems.
8. Diagnose, service, and repair engine performance systems.








Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a student to successfully perform the essential functions of working in this field. Reasonable accomodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this program, the student is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The student frequently is required to sit and use hands to handle or feel. The student is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The student must work in various weather conditions such as excessive heat or cold. The student must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this field include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Program Length

Two Years


Thomas Conway, Master ASE Service Technician

Mike McKain, Master ASE Service Technician

Expected Starting Salary

$25,000 - $35,000

Career Opportunities

General Mechanic

Front End Specialist

Transmission Specialist

Brake Specialist

Tune-up Specialist

Service Writer

Parts Representative

Self-Employed Mechanic (Shop Owner)

Salina Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, or any other non-merit based factor in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, ADA, Title IX, Section 504, Title II, GINA, is directed to contact the Human Resources Specialist, 2562 Centennial Rd, Salina, KS 67401, 785-309-3100.


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