Automotive Technology

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Why Barton?

  • State of the art facilities and training equipment
    • Newly constructed auto shop and classroom additions
    • Computerized test equipment, high performance chassis dynamometer
    • Electrical training stations to facilitate hands-on learning
    • Wireless internet access in the shop and classroom


  • Industry trained ASE Master Certified instructors
  • Flexible scheduling allows students to have a part time job
  • Hands-on instruction in a "live-shop" environment
  • Interactive e-learning components
  • Certificate and Associate Degree options

Features of Coursework

  • NATEF certified courses:  brakes, steering/suspension, electrical, engine performance, air conditioning, engines, manual drivetrains and automatic transmissions
  • Hybrid training - Barton is the first to offer a dedicated course on hybrid vehicle technology
  • Auto Body elective course
  • Student driven "Hot Rod" project

Student Support

  • Scholarships available for tools and tuition
  • Low interest student loans and Pell Grants
  • Job placement assistance and career counseling

Occupational Outlook

Automotive service careers opportunities are in high demand; projected to grow faster than average for all occupations over the next decade.  Many skilled technicians are expected to retire in the next decade, creating many job opportunities.

  • Auto Technicians can expect to earn between $21,300 and $41,510 annually
  • Auto Service Advisors can expect to earn between $15,190 and $42,780 annually
  • Auto Parts Specialists can expect to earn between $19,070 and $34,300 annually

Source:  Kansas Career Pipeline

Curriculum Guides

Barton’s Automotive Technology Program is recognized by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Barton’s NATEF Certification assures the automotive program meets the standards of excellence established by automotive professionals and educators nationwide.

Ensuring that each student is well prepared for successful employment, Barton provides classroom instruction and hands-on experience in utilizing state-of-the-art equipment in a large modern shop. Second-year students enrolled in the Service Techniques course learn to diagnose and repair customer vehicles as they would in a professional garage. This experience boosts the transition from student to professional technician.

The Automotive Technology-Transfer curriculum is designed to provide the general education requirements and core automotive courses for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in the automotive field. Electives must meet the transfer requirements of your transferring institution.

Job opportunities abound in the automotive service industry, and Barton’s automotive instructors assist students in job placement according to their particular interests. Employment opportunities include automotive technician, service adviser, parts specialist, shop foreman and service manager.

Program Certification Information

2018-2020 Curriculum Guides: Students who enrolled in their program prior to Fall 2020 should use should use the following Curriculum Guide. 

2018-2020 Automotive Technology (24 hours - certificate guide)
2018-2020 Automotive Technology (44 hours - certificate guide) 
2018-2020 Automotive Technology (52 hours - certificate guide) 

Associate in Applied Science (two-year degree - 67 hours)
2018-2020 Automotive Technology (degree guide) 
2018-2020 Automotive Technology (semester guide) 

2020-2022 Curriculum Guides: Newly admitted or returning re-admitted students for Fall 2020 or later should use the following Curriculum Guide.

2020-2022 Automotive Technology (24 hours - certificate guide) 
2020-2022 Automotive Technology (44 hours - certificate guide) 
2020-2022 Automotive Technology (52 hours - certificate guide) 

Associate in Applied Science (two-year degree - 67 hours)
2020-2022 Automotive Technology (degree guide) 

Check out the bulletin of classes for a full listing of courses available.

Associate in Science (College to University)
Barton has agreements with four year colleges that specifically direct your studies in certain programs for seamless transition from Barton to the transfer school
Automotive Technology and Technology Management (agreement with Kansas State University Distance Education)