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Automotive Technology Major

Are you a strong investigator and problem-solver? Through the automotive technology program at PSU, gain advanced diagnostic skills needed to service the complex vehicles of today.

7 Specialized Labs

Our students train on the newest tools and latest equipment found in the industry. Within the Department of Automotive Technology, there are 7 specialized lab spaces in auto technology, diesel vehicles, and collision repair.

Be Recruited by Leading Dealerships

Our graduates are recruited by leading dealerships and corporations. Through paid internship opportunities and networking events with national employers, you will easily find work as an auto technician, fleet equipment manager, auto shop owner, and more!

Nationally Accredited

Feel confident you are receiving the most current training. Unlike most mechanic trade schools, the Automotive Technology program is nationally accredited by the ASE foundation at its highest level, Master accreditation status.

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Hands-on Experience

Break down and reassemble an engine in your first year! The interactive curriculum is designed so you roll up your sleeves in the classroom and in the shop.

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Learn from the Best

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

Automotive Technology students work in Collision Body Lab Classroom at Pittsburg State University
$500 Scholarship

Take a campus tour paired with an Automotive Technology academic appointment and earn a deduction to your first-semester tuition. Plus, we award 40K in departmental scholarships annually.

Student Experiences with Cutting-Edge Facilities

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98% - 99%

pass rate of Automotive Service Excellence exam


donated vehicles ready to be worked on including cars, trucks, and SUVs.

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Universities in the U.S. to offer a 4-year Automotive Technology degree.

96% - 100%

job placement rate among surveyed graduates over several years.

"There are so many options here — diesel, automotive tech, collision repair — all in one degree... This is the only school with the best equipment, best teachers, best resources, the best facility."

Patrick Murtland, Automotive Technology undergrad.

Automotive Technology major Jobs

In addition to technical skills, the Automotive Technology program trains students to succeed as leaders. Graduates are prepared to hold positions like:

  • Auto Mechanic
  • Auto Repair Shop Owners
  • Field Service Engineers
  • District Sales Managers
  • Technical Specialists
  • Dealership Service Managers
  • Service Training Instructor
  • Fleet Equipment Manager
  • Technical Hotline
  • Aftermarket Sales
  • Writer/Literature Developer
  • Insurance Claims Representative
  • Automotive Part Store Manager and Sales Representative

Earning your bachelor's from PSU can provide more career opportunities than trade schools for mechanics. Four years of advanced training in a specialized emphasis will distinguish you from others and improve your employability.

Emphases available

Study the transportation manufacturing industry with a Manufacturing Management in the Transportation Industry program. Learn to manage the production process and improve efficiency.

Work with diesel and heavy equipment with a Diesel and Heavy Equipment program. Learn to maintain and repair large machinery, trucks, and buses.

Manage a dealership or corporate transportation with a Dealership and Corporate Transportation Management program. Learn the ins and outs of running a successful automotive business.

Make a career in the collision repair industry with a Collision Repair and Insurance Management program. Learn the latest repair techniques and insurance industry practices.

Get hands-on experience with an Automotive Technical program. Master the skills required to maintain, diagnose, and repair modern vehicles.

Design the future of vehicles with an Automotive Mechanical Design program. Learn the art of designing, prototyping, and testing cutting-edge automobiles.

Explore the cutting-edge world of advanced vehicle systems with an emphasis program. Learn about autonomous vehicles, electric cars, and more. Be at the forefront of the future of transportation.

Additional information
for the School of Automotive and Engineering Technology

Catalog – see program guides