Automatic transmission training is typically available at the certificate or associate's degree level. These programs may offer paid internships and work experience.
Schools with Automotive Technology Programs
The following schools offer automotive technology programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Southeast Community College||Lincoln, Nebraska||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $3,218 In-state
|Macomb Community College||Warren, Michigan||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $3,169 In-district
|Spokane Community College||Spokane, Washington||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $3,388 In-state
|Pima Community College||Tucson, Arizona||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $1,974 In-state
|Eastern Iowa Community College||Davenport, Iowa||2-year, Public|| Diploma
| $4,480 In-state
|Bronx Community College||Bronx, New York||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $5,206 In-state
|Glendale Community College||Glendale, Arizona||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $2,046 In-state
|Ivy Tech Community College||Indianapolis, Indiana||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $4,115 In-state
|Forsyth Technical Community College||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||2-year, Public|| Diploma
| $2,025 In-state
|Brookhaven College||Farmers Branch, TX||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,770 In-district
Source: *NCES College Navigator
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School Selection Criteria
Programs that provide automatic transmission training are available at community colleges and technical schools. Following is a summary of important considerations:
- Program length and depth of training desired differs as certificate programs are shorter and more specific to automatic transmissions while associate degree programs in automotive technology are more versatile and can increase a graduate's chances of finding work.
- Accreditation is offered by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), so students should check the NATEF list for accredited programs.
- Placement testing may be required by some schools offering either certificate and associate's degree.
- Manufacturer-specific training provided by a school can lead to a job with that car manufacturer.
Automatic Transmission Certificates
Certificate and diploma programs can be completed in a few months. Due to the hands-on training requirements, many courses require more hours per week than their credit-hour value. Many programs include introductory courses in automotive technology and automatic transmissions.
Associate Degrees in Automotive Technology
These programs will require basic math, English and communication courses in addition to the automotive curriculum. Some programs have built-in certifications, such as emissions inspector.
Training in automatic transmission repair can be achieved through a certificate or associate's degree level program, typically in automotive technology. These programs offer training in skills such as electrical systems, diagnostics, fuel systems and transmission repair.