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Automotive Technology Contact

Department Chair:

Dr. John Thompson

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Contact Person:
Heather Thomas

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Phone: 620-235-6189
Fax: 620-235-6190

N120 Kansas Technology Center Pittsburg State University 1701 S. Broadway St. Pittsburg, KS 66762

Career Opportunities

The Pitt State Automotive & Diesel Technology program is well known for developing leaders in the field of Automotive and Diesel Technology. This program not only gives students the technical skills required for a fast changing industry, but the program also works hard to develop graduates who can lead by example. Companies continue to recruit PSU Automotive Technology graduates because they have found that the graduates are well rounded technically and are effective communicators.

What types of jobs do students typically obtain upon graduation?

The following list of jobs are a few examples:

  • Field Representative - This job often begins in a management trainee position, where a company develops the graduate to become a product support representative that travels a territory and assists dealerships in sales, service, parts, and or warranty.
  • Technical Hotline - In this job a graduate is trained to answer dealer technical inquiries on automobiles or equipment.
  • Aftermarket Sales - This job trains a graduate to manage a parts store or other stores related to aftermarket accessories.
  • Writer/Literature Developer - Graduates begin their career by writing service and or repair manuals.
  • Dealership Service Writer - Dealerships often start graduates writing repair orders. This job requires knowledge of the automobile/equipment and good communication skills.
  • Fleet Equipment Manager - In this job, graduates manage equipment by performing preventative maintenance inspections on equipment and scheduling repairs, to ensure that the equipment is available for everyday production.
  • Test Engineering Technician - Graduates test prototype automobiles, tractors, and equipment for reliability, serviceability and functionality.
  • Technician - Other students begin their career as a technician and work towards becoming a service manager or fleet manager.
  • Service Training Instructor - In this job, graduates train technicians for manufacturers. 
  • Insurance Claims Representative - Graduates work in a variety of areas including claims, total loss/salvage department, catastrophe teams, and field appraisers.
  • Automotive Paint Store Managers and Sales representatives - Management Training Program (MTP) candidates are often able to choose from several areas to live while training as store managers.  Potential jobs such as area sales reps are also common.

What is a typical starting salary for an Automotive Technology/Diesel & Heavy Equipment Graduate?

Depending upon the area of the country, a corporate starting salary can vary between $35,000 to $60,000 a year. Graduates that accept jobs in small rural communities might start at a lower hourly wage, such as $10 to $15 per hour.

What type of tools are required for the 4-year Automotive Technology/Diesel & Heavy Equipment program?
All the 4-year Automotive Technology classes have the necessary tools provided for each laboratory; therefore, 4-year Automotive Technology students do not bring tools or purchase tools.   


Employers Hiring Our Graduates

Automotive Employers

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Employers