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AMTEC – Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative



Automotive Manufacturing Technical
Education Collaborative
Versailles, KY

Danine Tomlin
Principal Investigator (PI)
(859) 256-3284
A technician checks the precision shaft alignment on a chain drive.


AMTEC Leads US in Mechatronics Education

AMTEC leads the nation in industry-driven quality mechatronics education. Its competency-based modules prepare students to meet advanced manufacturers’ expectations in 12 core subject areas: electricity, drafting-schematics, fluid power, mechanical drives, preventive and predictive maintenance, welding, machine tools, controls and instrumentation, programmable logic controllers, robotics, safety, and computer literacy.

Industry needs have also led to AMTEC’s research and development of multiple assessments to validate the knowledge students and incumbent multi-skilled maintenance technicians gain in AMTEC certificate programs.

AMTEC utilizes a continuous improvement process to foster evidence-based decisions that guide enhancements of its curricula, assessment tools, and faculty professional development programs.

Modules Cut Employer Training Costs

AMTEC’s nationally standardized competency-based modules provide students with valuable knowledge and skills that they are able to put to use immediately on the manufacturing floor.

AMTEC’s modules are so effective that Nissan North America in Tennessee has reduced its apprenticeship from six years to three years for substantial savings in training costs. As of mid-2015, 22 AMTEC graduates of Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Murfreesboro had transitioned from the general assembly area to maintenance apprenticeships with a minimum increase of $10 per hour. After one year, the apprentices will be multi-skilled maintenance technicians.

AMTEC Fosters Productive Connections

AMTEC’s e-learning portal makes technical education easier to access. Its careers portal provides links to information about open positions at AMTEC industry partners’ facilities.

AMTEC has recently grown to 55 collegiate partners and 30 industry partners in 15 states. One AMTEC college offers technical instructor training in Mexico. AMTEC has hosted visitors from India and Brazil who want to incorporate AMTEC into their educational systems.