• 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.


    Upcoming Conferences

    Spring MATA/SEMATA Conference

    Friday, March 20, 2020 
    8:00am - 3:00pm

    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

    Previous sessions included:

    • "Emerging Automotive Technology and Technicians" by Nelson Kelly, CAAT
    • "Diagnosis from the Drivers Seat" by James Halderman
    • "Hybrid and Electric Vehicles for the Gasoline Instructor" by Curt Ward

    The conference also offers technical training classes, a trade show, live technical demonstrations, networking opportunities, and raffles.
    The conference is free and provides 6 NATEF training hours.


    Other Industry Conferences

    Autorama Detroit

    February 28 - March 1, 2020

    Cobo/TCF Center
    Detroit, MI

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    Tech Expo

    February 14-15, 2020

    DeVos Place
    Grand Rapids, MI

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    MCC Skills USA

    February 8, 2020

    Macomb Community College
    South Campus
    M-Building, Rm 115

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    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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    Quick Links

    CAAT Educators Resource Library | Macomb Community College | MCC Automotive Technology
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