Automotive Technology2021-11-30T08:57:47-06:00

Automotive Technology

  • Auto Tech student looks at oil on a dipstick
  • Auto Tech student works on a vehicle

Cars have gotten complicated; we’ve kept up.

Salina Tech’s Automotive Technology Program is taught by ASE certified master technicians with more than 30 years of experience in the automotive service industry. 

Throughout the two-year program, students will learn the knowledge and skills needed 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 gain valuable hands-on experience with real-world automotive service jobs so that when they do graduate, they’re ready to go to work.

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.

What You Will Learn

Diagnose, service, and repair…

  • Electrical Systems

  • Suspension & Steering systems

  • Engines

  • Automatic transmissions and transaxles

  • Manual drive trains and axles.

  • Automotive HVAC systems.

  • Drum and disc brake systems.

  • Engine performance systems.


  • General Mechanic

  • Front End Specialist

  • Transmission Specialist

  • Brake Specialist

  • Tune-Up Specialist

  • Service Writer

  • Parts Representative

  • Self-Employed Mechanic (Shop Owner)


  • Contact the AUT Enrollment Specialist with any questions or information regarding admissions requirements.

Anna Kreighbaum



Tom Conway earned his Associates of Applied Science degree in Auto Mechanics from Southwest Community College.  He is certified as an A.S.E. Master Automobile Technician and Maintenance and Light Repair Technician. 

Mr. Conway was an automotive technician for 29 years and owned his own shop before coming to Salina Tech in 2000 to teach in the Automotive Technology program. | 785-309-3166

Vince Manship has A.S.E. certifications for Master Automobile Technician, Advanced Engine Performance, Light Vehicle Compressed Natural Gas, Service Consultant, Parts Specialist, and Light Duty Diesel Technician.

Mr. Manship has been an instructor for automotive technicians for over 21 years across the United States and abroad in Beijing, China and Dubai, UAE.  He previously taught at Salina Tech before returning in 2020 to teach in the Automotive Technology program. | 785-309-3165


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