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Automotive Technology Contact

Department Chair:

Dr. John Thompson

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Contact Person:
Heather Thomas

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Phone: 620-235-6189
Fax: 620-235-6190

N120 Kansas Technology Center Pittsburg State University 1701 S. Broadway St. Pittsburg, KS 66762

Two-Year Automotive Service

About the Program

NATEF-accredited program prepares automotive service diagnostic technicians to work in service centers and dealerships. The training includes material vital for preparation for taking Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) tests. Students are urged to take each of the eight (8) ASE major certification area test upon completion of the applicable Automotive Service course.

The AAS program has a core of 50 credit hours of course work in automotive service technology, including seven credit hours on transmissions in the summer. The remaining 14 credit hours of the AAS degree are in general education (i.e., English, Speech, etc.). There are 64 credit hours total.

Who Should Apply?

Interest in automobiles; good work ethic; good mechanical aptitude; competence in academic subjects- basic math, science, speech, and English; willingness to learn technical subjects and exhibit a strong work ethic in the lab. Enjoys working on cars.

Program Facts

  • Approximate number of majors: 42-48
  • Approximate class sizes: Lecture, 20-24; Lab 20-24
  • Facilities: Total Automotive Area indoor spaces comprise approximately 32,000 square feet Automotive Service Technology's principal labs include: Main Automotive Service Two-Year Lab; Customer/Service Manager's Area; Individualized Tasks Room; and Parts Room.
  • Key equipment: Over 40 corporate-donated vehicles in automotive area, 1992-2002 (20 are 1996 or newer); engines, etc. from major automotive manufacturers; dynamometer for performance testing; state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment; brake servicing equipment; over $100,000 in training aids (e.g., electrical chassis); and latest automotive service-related software applications.
  • Professional affiliations: NATEF;  SkillsUSA.
  • Student organizations: SkillsUSA, Christian Automotive Majors, Society of Automotive Engineers, Baja SAE, Automotive Mentor Program.
  • Key corporate supporters: Bridgestone-Firestone; Cornwell Tools; Chrysler; Ford; General Motors; Snap-on Tools and Toyota.
  • Fast facts and highlights: Near 100% placement of successful grads over the last 10 years. Programs are NATEF-accredited. Received national recognition in 2000 by winning the prestigious National ASE Award of Excellence in Automotive Service Training. Faculty are award winning, certified master technicians, with national reputations for expertise. PSU has dominated state and national skills competitions and have won three gold and two silver medals in national SkillsUSA competition in the last five years. 

Two Year Automotive Program Sponsors

Firestone Complete Auto Care

Snap-on tools