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Automotive technology programs in Wisconsin help prepare students for jobs in the auto repair and maintenance field. Automotive technicians typically work for independent auto repair and maintenance shops, auto dealership service departments, or commercial fleet maintenance facilities. Their job responsibilities include the diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of light trucks and cars. In some cases, auto techs may be required to interact with customers and perform administrative tasks. Graduates of automotive technology programs may also work as service advisors, sales representatives, supervisors, or maintenance facility managers.

Wisconsin Auto Mechanic Schools

Students interested in pursuing a formal education in automotive technology will find options available from Wisconsin schools. Here are six institutions that offer training in the field:

  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College: The automotive technology program at NWTC offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in automotive technology, a two-year Automotive Technician technical diploma option, and a one-year Automotive Maintenance Technician technical diploma option.

  • Madison Area Technical College: The program at MATC offers both AAS and technical diploma tracks. The two-year AAS option is a comprehensive automotive technology program, while the technical diploma is a two-year program that focuses on automotive mechanical systems.

  • Northcentral Technical College: The automotive technology program at NTC also offers two choices of tracks, including an entry-level technical diploma option and an AAS option that has general education courses in its curriculum.

  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College: WITC offers an Automotive Maintenance Technician certificate program at its Rice Lake and Superior campuses.

  • Gateway Technical College: The GTC automotive technology program, like most other Wisconsin schools on the list, offers a basic Automotive Maintenance Technician option and a comprehensive AAS degree program.

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College: The AAS program at Milwaukee Area Technical College offers students the chance to earn manufacturer credentials from Ford and Chrysler. The program also has an Automotive Maintenance Technician technical diploma option.

What to Expect from Wisconsin Auto Mechanic Programs

Comprehensive automotive technology programs instruct students in the repair and maintenance of all major automotive systems, including:

  • Engines
  • Transmissions
  • Brakes
  • Suspension
  • Steering
  • Electronics/electrical systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Emissions control systems
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Safety equipment

Along with classroom-based lessons, most programs include a hands-on training component, giving students the opportunity to work on actual vehicles or automotive systems. This training may take place at a campus garage or workshop, or even a local auto repair facility.

Wisconsin Auto Mechanic Licensing and Certification

The state of Wisconsin does not require that auto technicians be licensed. However, some employers may require that job candidates hold a certificate, diploma, or degree in order to qualify for certain positions.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) administers a certification program for technicians. The Institute's ASE certifications require the successful completion of certification exams, and in order to sit for the exams, candidates must have a minimum level of job experience and technical training from an accredited program. Most automotive technology programs aim to prepare students to take ASE exams and become certified.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Wisconsin

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More Wisconsin Auto Mechanic Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Janesville
Associate
2,283
Eau Claire
Associate
5,998
Appleton
Associate
7,624
Kenosha
Associate
7,586
Cleveland
Associate
2,727
Madison
Associate
14,647
Wisconsin Rapids
Associate
2,945
Milwaukee
Associate
17,193
Fond du Lac
Associate
7,440
Rhinelander
Associate
1,253
Wausau
Associate
3,729
Green Bay
Associate
8,105
Fennimore
Associate
2,549
Pewaukee
Associate
7,419
La Crosse
Associate
4,564
Shell Lake
Associate
3,677

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Wisconsin. 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.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Appleton 470 $39,990
Janesville-Beloit 370 $39,860
Eau Claire 410 $44,530
Fond du Lac 200 $39,200
Green Bay 670 $42,020
Madison 1410 $42,300
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis 3530 $41,680
Oshkosh-Neenah 310 $39,870
Racine 460 $35,960
Sheboygan 290 $39,710
Wausau 320 $35,750

Sources:

  1. Automotive Technician, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, https://www.nwtc.edu/programs/fields-of-interest/transportation-distribution-and-logistics/facility-and-mobile-equipment-maintenance/automotive-technician
  2. Automotive Technician, Madison Area Technical College, https://www.nwtc.edu/programs/fields-of-interest/transportation-distribution-and-logistics/facility-and-mobile-equipment-maintenance/automotive-technician
  3. Automotive Technology, Northcentral Technical College, https://www.ntc.edu/programs-courses/all/associate-degrees/automotive-technology
  4. Automotive Maintenance Technician, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, http://www.witc.edu/pgmpages/autotech/
  5. Automotive Training Programs, Gateway Technical College, https://www.gtc.edu/programs/automotive-training-programs
  6. Automotive Technology, Milwaukee Area Technical College, http://www.matc.edu/tas/degrees/automotive-technology.cfm

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