Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology Degree

Automotive Technology Undergraduate Degree

Pittsburg State University’s Automotive Technology Department offers a 4-year Bachelor of Science Degree (BST) in Automotive Technology. If your career plans are to start in an entry level management position and then move into upper management within the automotive industry then the 4-year program is the right degree choice for you. Students who earn their Bachelor of Science in Technology are often the first to be considered by employers in larger metropolitan areas. This degree is also the perfect foundation for students who wish to continue their education by obtaining their graduate degree.

Our 4-year Automotive Technology degree (BST) offers students a choice of six different emphasis areas. 

Why Pitt State?

Pittsburg State is one of only approximately 10 colleges and universities in the nation to offer a 4-year degree in automotive technology. In fact, this program is considered by industry to be one of the top 3 of its kind in the country. It is the only BST Automotive Degree in the country that offers an emphasis in all of the following three areas: automotive, collision and diesel.

Students learn in classes that are purposefully kept small (average size is 20); guaranteeing a “hands-on” experience with some of the nation’s most accomplished professors. Our automotive laboratories encompass 32,000 square-feet of space and are among the most advanced in the nation. Thanks to our partners in industry, students have the opportunity to work on more than 40 donated automobiles and use the same tools and technology currently being used in the workplace. In fact, students do not need to bring or purchase their own tools.

Employers actively seek out Pittsburg State Automotive graduates because they know the quality of our program. Our graduates can be found in some of the largest and most well-respected companies in the world including: AGCO, Allstate, American Honda, Bridgestone-Firestone, Case New Holland, Caterpillar, Cummins Diesel Engine Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, John Deere, Mazda, Nissan, State Farm, Tesla, Toyota and many more.

Career Options

Pittsburg State is well known for developing leaders in the field of Automotive, Collision and Diesel Technology. Our graduates gain more than just the technical skills needed to gain employment in this fast changing industry; they gain the leadership skills necessary to succeed at the highest corporate levels. Companies actively recruit Pittsburg State students because they know they are signing an employee that is both skilled technically and as a communicator. In fact, nearly 100% of our graduates either found jobs or were accepted into a graduate program according to the latest Employment Data Report.  

Graduates have many career options available including:

  • Test Engineering Technician
  • Technician
  • Service Training Instructor
  • Field Representative
  • Fleet Equipment Manager
  • Technical Hotline
  • Aftermarket Sales
  • Writer/Literature Developer
  • Dealership Service Writer
  • Insurance Claims Representative
  • Automotive Part Store Manager and Sales Representative

Internship and research opportunities

Students have ample opportunities, and are encouraged, to intern at some of the nation’s largest companies. Pittsburg State students have found themselves interning throughout the world for companies such as Toyota, Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar, AGCO, John Deere and many others.

Learn more about the Department of Automotive Technology

Located within the Kansas Technology Center, the Department of Automotive Technology is recognized by industry as offering one of the best academic programs in the nation. Our professors are accomplished professionals with industry experience and our laboratories offer students access to the latest technology. Learn more about our department and discover why you belong at Pittsburg State University.


Students in the Automotive Technology major take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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