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Earn your degree in Automotive Technology with an emphasis in Automotive Technical at Pittsburg State University.

Work in automotive corporate or dealer technical positions. The Automotive Technical program is for the student who wants to have the highest level of knowledge on how automobiles function and operate. Focus on the advanced automotive technical areas of the automotive industry.

Topics unique to the Automotive Technical emphasis track include:

  • Fundamentals of Collision Technology
  • Diesel Engine Fundamentals
  • Fluid Power
  • Failure Analysis
  • Service Techniques Laboratory
  • Advanced Engine performance
  • Dynamometer and Performance Testing
  • Introductory Electronics

Pittsburg State develops leaders in the field of Automotive Technical.

Emphasis track graduates can start their careers as:

  • Technical trainers
  • Corporate troubleshooters
  • Advanced diagnostic technicians
  • Corporate serviceability engineers
Managers within the automobile industry earn an annual median salary of $132,080.

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  • About the Automotive Technology Program:

Pittsburg State is one of only approximately 10 colleges and universities in the nation to offer a 4-year degree in automotive technology. In fact, this program is considered by industry to be one of the top 3 of its kind in the country.

Students learn in classes that are purposefully kept small (average size is 20); guaranteeing a “hands-on” experience with some of the nation’s most accomplished professors. Our automotive laboratories encompass 32,000 square-feet of space and are among the most advanced in the nation. Thanks to our partners in industry, students have the opportunity to work on more than 40 donated automobiles and use the same tools and technology currently being used in the workplace. In fact, students do not need to bring or purchase their own tools.

Employers actively seek out Pittsburg State Automotive graduates because they know the quality of our program. Our graduates can be found in some of the largest and most well-respected companies in the world including: AGCO, Allstate, American Honda, Bridgestone-Firestone, Caterpillar, CNH Industrial, FIAT Chrysler Automobiles,  Cummins,  Ford Motor Company, John Deere, General Motors, Mazda, NAPA, Nissan, State Farm, Toyota, and many more. (See expanded list)

Students are able to choose from a variety of emphasis areas. Each option consists of approximately 21 credit hours. In most cases, students will take 2 years of general education classes and 2 years of automotive technical classes concurrently. (BST courses - BAS courses)

About Automotive Technology Department

The Department of Automotive Technology, located within the Kansas Technology Center, is recognized by the industry as offering one of the best academic programs in the nation.


Through the Automotive Technology program at PSU, gain advanced diagnostic skills needed to service the complex vehicles of today. Learn more about our program through a  Virtual Automotive Department Tour.

With decades of experience teaching and working in the automotive industry, our faculty are world-renowned teachers and experts in their craft. 

Train on the newest tools and latest equipment found in the industry in 1 of our 7 specialized lab spaces: 

Automotive Technology - 2-Year Lab

Automotive Technology - Collision Lab

Automotive Technology - Diesel Lab

Automotive Technology - 4-Year Lab

Automotive Technology Homepage

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