• Michigan Automotive Teachers Association Southeast Michigan Automotive Teachers Association


    About Us

    Formed in 1998, SEMATA's founding principle is to create an environment that fosters communication and training among automotive teachers in southeastern Michigan. In 2018, SEMATA expanded to cover all of Michigan under the name MATA - Michigan Automotive Teachers Association. The organization holds two conferences each year, in the fall the conference is held in southeast Michigan, in the spring it is held elsewhere in Michigan. Each conference includes technical training, compliant with NATEF requirements, along with a tool and equipment show, to help keep our instructors current with the latest technical material.


    Spring 2020 MATA/SEMATA Conference

    at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI

    Save the Date!

    Valve Cover Races Trade Show 3 CAV Seminar 2 Trade Show2 Battery Workshop Networking CAV Seminar Trade Show

    There will be a reception Thursday evening at the Holiday Inn Restaurant in Big Rapids.

    Thursday: Lunch and dinner on your own. Cash bar and food available for purchase at reception.
    Friday: Breakfast and lunch included.

    ASE Education Foundation Training Hours Awarded

    Thursday - 4 hours | Friday - 6 hours

    Apply for a substitute now!

    No cost to attend, but registration is required | Complimentary breakfast and lunch

    technical training classes, trade show, raffles, live demos!

    Lodging Information

    Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center

    1005 Perry Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307
    (231)796-4400

    Group Name: Ferris Automotive Department MATA conference

    Group Rate: $95.00 / Log #: R04871

    Reservations Required before March 6, 2020.


    Other lodging options within a mile of campus

    Hampton Inn: 15320 Waldron Way, Big Rapids - (231)527-7333

    Contry Inn and Suites: 15344 Waldron Way, Big Rapids - (866)695-6450

    Quality Inn and Suites: 1705 South State Street, Big Rapids - (855)680-3239

    Super 8: 845 Water Tower Road, Big Rapids - (231)796-1588

    Call for rates and availability.


    Details of technical sessions and registration information coming soon.


    Other Automotive Industry Events

    Autorama Detroit

    February 28 - March 1, 2020

    Cobo/TCF Center
    Detroit, MI

    More Info

    Tech Expo

    February 14-15, 2020

    DeVos Place
    Grand Rapids, MI

    More Info

    MCC Skills USA

    February 8, 2020

    Macomb Community College
    South Campus
    M-Building, Rm 115

    More Info




    Previous Conferences


    • 2019 Fall SEMATA Conference

      • Friday, October 4, 2019
      • Macomb Community College
    • 2019 Spring MATA Conference

      • Thursday, March 14, 2019
      • Lansing Community College
    • 2018 Fall SEMATA Conference

      • Thursday, October 4, 2018
      • Macomb Community College
    • 2018 Spring Inaugural MATA Conference

      • Thursday, April 12, 2018
      • Lansing Community College
    • 2017 Fall SEMATA Conference

      • Thursday, October 26, 2017
      • Macomb Community College



    Contact Us

    Dan Claus, Professor, Macomb Community College
    Kurtis LaHaie, Professor, Macomb Community College

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