Friday – January 18, 2019

Automotive Maintenance Technician (2017-2018)


Technical Diploma
School of Technology and Applied Sciences / Transportation, Distribution &
     Logistics Career Cluster

Oak Creek Campus
Program Code: 31-404-3

For Information: 414-297-6315
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500

Overview — This one-year program trains you to service and repair the drivetrain, electrical and mechanical systems of automobiles.

When employment opportunities arise, and with the employer’s and instructor’s consent, portions of this program may be taken off campus for co-op credit. The program is accredited by National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

To be successful in the program, you will need a high degree of manual dexterity and the ability to interpret drawings found in service manuals. After admission to the program, you will need to have an automotive repair tool set.

Career Pathway — You can earn the Automotive Express Lube Technician certificate on the way to completing this technical diploma. Contact an MATC advisor for information.


Career Outlook — Automobile service technicians are needed to repair and maintain passenger cars and light trucks. Program graduates typically locate employment with automobile dealerships, service stations, specialized shops, general repair garages and franchise repair garages.

Duties often entail new car predelivery inspection, car cleanup, lubrication, wheel alignment and balancing, electrical systems repair, engine repair and tuneup, automatic and manual transmission repair.

View gainful employment data about this program


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect graduates to:

  • Use hand and power tools, and shop equipment, properly and safely
  • Locate technical data and service repair information
  • Look up specifications in shop manuals
  • Service and repair the following systems: brake; steering and suspension; heating, cooling, and air conditioning; and exhaust, emission control, fuel delivery, and ignition systems
  • Provide minor service and repair on manual and automatic transmissions and transaxles, differentials, driveshafts and axle half shafts, and engines
  • Service and repair (with an exposure to overhaul techniques) manual and automatic transmissions and transaxles, differentials, driveshafts and axle half shafts, engines, and electrical components
  • Perform routine service, such as lubrication, oil and filter change, tire balance and rotation, engine tuneup, and accessory service
  • Develop a working rapport with other employees
  • Exhibit the desire to remain current in the field


Admission Requirements— The following is required for admission to the program:

  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment

A high school diploma or GED is recommended.


Possible Careers
Automobile Servicing Technician
Engine Repair
Powertrain Maintenance


Related Programs
Auto Collision Repair and Finish Technician
Automotive Technology
Diesel and Powertrain Servicing


Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students





(1)  AUTO1-302

Powertrain Maintenance and Light Repair Fundamentals




(1)  AUTO1-304

Powertrain Maintenance and Light Repair Lab ‡




(1)  AUTO1-306

Heating and Air Conditioning Fundamentals




(1)  AUTO1-300

Express Lube Technician ^




(1)  AUTO1-308

Brakes, Steering, Suspension Fundamentals ^



(1)  AUTO1-310

Brakes, Steering, Suspension Lab 1 ‡ ^




(1)  AUTO1-312

Brakes, Steering, Suspension Lab 2 ‡ ^




(2)  AUTO1-314

Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals




(2)  AUTO1-316

Electrical and Electronic Lab ‡




(2)  AUTO1-318

Auto Instrumentation and Accessories ‡




(2)  ENG-340

Workplace Communications




(2)  AUTO1-322

Engine Control System 1 Fundamentals ‡




(2)  AUTO1-324

Engine Control Systems 1 Lab ‡




(2)  AUTO1-326

Engine Control Systems 2 Fundamentals/Lab ‡








‡ Prerequisite required.

^ Counts toward earning the Automotive Express Lube Technician certificate.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated March 2017.