Automotive Technology

Led by NATEF-certified instructors, the Automotive Technology program provides interactive, hands-on instruction on state-of-the-art automotive service repair techniques. Real-life working conditions and equipment prepare students for employment as automotive technicians at dealerships or independent repair shops. Students spend 80 percent of their instruction time in the lab.

Program Options

Automotive Technology offers an associate of applied science degree and a technical certificate option. Classes are offered on the Emporia main campus and in Garnett, Kansas. High school seniors and juniors are also eligible to apply to this program.

The technical certificate is a one-year program. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills needed to apply theoretical concepts and perform diagnostic and repair procedures. For graduates opting to continue their education, these courses are transferable to the Automotive Technology AAS degree program.

The associate of applied science degree is a two-year program that contains technical and general education courses. Graduates will be prepared for a wide variety of careers or may choose to continue their education through our academic partnership with Pittsburg State.

Automotive Technicians diagnose and repair a wide range of vehicles including passenger cars and light trucks, SUVs and, four-wheel drive vehicles. The automotive industry is high-tech, with state-of-the-art computers being used to control all major automotive systems.

Career opportunities include:

  • Car Dealerships Technician
  • Automotive Service Industries
  • Service Manager
  • Retail Auto Parts
  • Automotive Parts Sales

Pittsburg State University

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Pittsburg State University offers Automotive Technology students who have graduated from Flint Hills Technical College the opportunity to extend their education and training to pursue a corporate career track. Students earning the BAS degree complete a major in technology with a selected emphasis through the Department of Automotive Technologies in the College of Technology.

Joe Brazzle

Joe began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 2019. He has over 23 years of experience in automotive repair, including owning and operating his own auto repair shop. Joe received his automotive education from Manhattan Area Technical College and holds several certifications including ASE Certifications of Master Automotive Technician and L1-Advance Engine Performance.

Bret Pope

Bret began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 1999, prior to that, he worked as an automotive technician at an auto dealership. Bret, a graduate of FHTC, holds an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology degree. He also has several certifications including ASE Master Technician, L1 ASE Advance Engine Performance Specialist Certification, G1 ASE Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Certification, and NATEF Evaluation Team Leader.

Robert Sieberns

Robert began teaching Automotive Technology at FHTC in 2010. His prior automotive industry work experience includes parts store manager, automotive technician, fleet manager, service advisor and as a high school automotive instructor. Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Service Management and a master’s degree in Technical Education, both from Pittsburg State University. He also has several certifications including A1-A8 ASE Master Certified Technician, A9 ASE Light Duty Diesel Certification, G1 ASE Maintenance and Light Repair Certification, P2 Automobile Parts Specialist Certification, and ASE Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Section 609 Certification.

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