What is different about this program and what you would find at a community college?
-The Automotive Technology Management (ATM) is a true four-year B.S. degree program that combines hands-on technical skills along with management and communication courses that allow the graduates to enter into corporate-level technical management positions with in the automotive, diesel and related industries.
What about alternate-fueled and hybrid vehicles?
-The ATM program was awarded a $500,000 Department of Energy (DOE) grant to develop hands-on training in hybrid and electric-drive vehicles. These courses have now been combined with materials on alternate fuels into the certificate in “Advanced Vehicle Systems” which all ATM majors complete as part of the degree program.
Is a minor available?
-A minor is not required, however many of our students do complete the Business Administration minor which can be done without any additional coursework.
What about in-state tuition for Kansas residents?
-UCM offers in-state tuition for Kansas residents who live in any county that touches the Missouri state line.
What is your placement rate?
-Over 90% within six months of graduation, and many students will have multiple job offers before they graduate.
What are starting salaries like?
-The current range is from $35,000 to $55,000 depending on experience and the type of position accepted. At present the average is about $45,000.
Can this program be completed on-line or in KC?
-While classes with a lab are normally face to face, many of the management as well as some of the general education classes can be completed at UCM’s facility in Lee’s Summit or on-line.
Do you work with transfer students and those with military credit?
-Yes, in fact about 33% of the students currently in the ATM program are transferring from a community college or another university. We also have several ATM students who bring in credit from their military occupational skill (MOS) training which is evaluated on an individual basis.