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Automotive technology programs help prepare graduates to work as auto service technicians in auto service facilities, maintenance departments, or the service centers of auto dealerships. Auto technicians in these and similar facilities are responsible for identifying problems with cars and light trucks, as well as repairing and maintaining the major systems of a range of modern vehicles. While not all jobs in the field require a college degree, many employers prefer to hire candidates with this type of formal training.

Kansas Auto Mechanic Schools

There are numerous options for students interested in pursuing auto mechanic training programs in Kansas. Here are a list of schools that offer education in the field:

  • Washburn Tech: The automotive technology program at Washburn Tech awards graduates a technical certificate and helps prepare them for further study, if desired, to obtain an associate degree in auto tech.

  • Kansas City Kansas Community College: The program at KCKCC offers three technical certificate options. The certificate programs are incremental, so students can choose to complete one, two, or all three.

  • Barton Community College: BCC offers three certificate programs and two associate degree programs. The Automotive Technology and Technology Management option works in collaboration with Kansas State University to provide a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management.

  • Metropolitan Community College: MCC offers three certificate programs and four AAS options, two of which are manufacturer-specific programs in collaboration with General Motors and Ford.

  • Pittsburg State University: Pittsburg State offers both a two-year AAS in Automotive Service and a four-year program in Automotive Technology. The four-year program culminates in a bachelor's degree and includes general education courses.

  • Manhattan Area Technical College: MATC's automotive technology program awards graduates an AAS degree, and graduates are able to transfer to Pittsburg State, Kansas State, or Fort Hays State to pursue a four-year degree.

  • Johnson County Community College: The program at JCCC includes a four-semester curriculum that gives students an AAS degree.

  • Salina Area Technical College: SATC offers a four-semester technical certificate program and a five-semester AAS degree program.

What to Expect from Kansas Auto Mechanic Programs

Students in automotive technology programs should expect to get classroom and hands-on education in all major automotive systems, including:

  • Engines and drive trains
  • Brakes
  • Suspension and steering
  • Electrical systems and electronics
  • Fuel and emissions systems
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Safety systems

Hands-on training may take place at a school workshop or actual auto repair center, giving students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the program and gain experience working with a variety of vehicles.

Kansas Auto Mechanic Certification

Automotive technicians in Kansas do not need a license to work in the field. However, some employers may only consider job candidates who hold a certificate or degree from an accredited school.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence awards an ASE Certification to experienced auto technicians who pass the ASE certification exam. To qualify to take the test, techs must have at least two years of on-the-job experience, or a combination of one year of job experience and a two-year degree from an accredited automotive tech program.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Kansas

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More Kansas Auto Mechanic Schools

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Great Bend
Associate
3,900
El Dorado
Associate
8,096
Coffeyville
Associate
1,572
Arkansas City
Associate
4,469
Dodge City
Associate
1,812
Emporia
Associate
481
Garden City
Associate
1,996
Hutchinson
Associate
4,570
Overland Park
Associate
18,897
Manhattan
Associate
451
McPherson
Bachelor
544
Beloit
Associate
522
Goodland
Associate
252
Pittsburg
Masters
7,087
Pratt
Associate
1,538
Liberal
Associate
1,656
Wichita
Associate
924

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Kansas. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Automotive Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Automotive Mechanics relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Lawrence 170 $25,240
Manhattan 180 $26,780
Topeka 430 $37,460
Wichita 1240 $39,210

Sources:

  1. Automotive Technology, Washburn Tech, http://www.washburntech.edu/career-programs/transportation/auto-mechanic.html
  2. Automotive Technology, Kansas City Kansas Community College, http://www.kckcc.edu/programs/degrees-certificates/technical-certificates/automotive-technology
  3. Automotive Technology, Barton Community College, http://www.bartonccc.edu/careerprograms/autotech
  4. Automotive Technology, Metropolitan Community College, http://www.mcckc.edu/programs/automotive/
  5. Automotive Technology, Pittsburg State University, http://www.pittstate.edu/department/auto/about-the-department/
  6. Automotive Technology, Manhattan Area Technical College, http://www.manhattantech.edu/transportation/automotive-technology
  7. Automotive Tech, Johnson County Community College, http://www.jccc.edu/academics/transportation/automotive/
  8. Automotive Technology, Salina Area Technical College, http://www.salinatech.edu/auto-tech.html

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