Last updated on September 26, 2019
Do you like working with your hands and figuring how things work under the hood of a car? Have you considered making it a career? Are you wondering what automotive technology is all about? Well, we have you covered. Automotive technology is a program focused on the mechanics and technology of driving today’s cars. Training at one of the colleges of DCCCD can provide you the skills you need to get started in the automotive field.
What Can I Do With an Automotive Technology Degree?
Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’s targeted occupations for this year projects 5,150 job openings for auto mechanics. Think about it, millions of people travel to work every day, which means that eventually they will need to take their car to the shop to get something repaired or have maintenance completed. Automotive services jobs are in demand. Some job opportunities may include automotive services, repair technicians and transmission repair.
What Kinds of Automotive Technology Degrees and Certificates Are Available?
Brookhaven, Cedar Valley and Eastfield colleges offer various programs in Automotive Technology. You should also note that each college has different entry requirements, so please check with the Auto Tech department before enrolling.
- Service Technician Associate of Applied Science degree. Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science degree at Dallas Community Colleges is recognized nationally and certified by National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. This degree is offered at Brookhaven, Cedar Valley and Eastfield colleges.
- Chassis Service Technician Certificate. Can be completed in one semester and is offered at Brookhaven, Cedar Valley and Eastfield Colleges.
- Electronics and Climate Controls Technician Certificate. Can be completed in two semesters and is available at Brookhaven, Cedar Valley and Eastfield colleges.
- Engine Repair and Performance Technician Certificate. Can be completed in two semesters and is offered at Brookhaven, Cedar Valley and Eastfield colleges.
- Transmission Service Technician Certificate. This certificate can be completed in two semesters at Brookhaven, Cedar Valley and Eastfield colleges.
- High Performance Modification Certificate. This certificate can be complete in one semester and is offered at Eastfield College.
In addition, you may want to check out the specialty programs where you can specialize in certain brands and get automotive technology jobs though these dealership-sponsored programs.
Ford and GM Dealership-Sponsored Programs:
Dealership-Sponsored Technician Associate of Applied Science degree. This is an associate degree from Brookhaven College with Ford. To enter this program, you must be sponsored by a participating dealership that is approved by the college.
Toyota and Honda Factory-Sponsored Programs:
Toyota Technician-Training and Education Network (T-TEN) Associate of Applied Science degree. Start your career with important certifications from Toyota and industry organizations at Eastfield College.
Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) Associate of Applied Science degree. Get specialized training to become a certified entry-level Honda and Acura technician at Eastfield College.
Automotive Technology/Diesel and Heavy Equipment:
Preventive Maintenance Technician Certificate. Can be completed in three semesters at Cedar Valley College.
Training in our Automotive Technology program can provide the skills you need to jump-start your career in the automotive field such as:
- Operational theory
- Accepted shop procedures
Where Can I Work With a Degree or Certificate in Automotive Technology?
Automotive technicians continue to be in demand in an occupation that provides portable skills. More than 16 percent of service technicians are self-employed, more than twice the proportion for all installation, maintenance and repair occupations.
Automotive technicians may work for:
- Auto repair shops
- Federal, state and local governments
- Private companies
How Can I Get Started?
- Complete the admissions process for the college you plan to attend.
- Meet with an Automotive Technology advisor at your college.
- Be sure to complete the assessment test for placement in the program.
More Information About Automotive Technology Program Options
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