Schools with Automatic Transmission Training Programs: How to Choose

Automatic transmission training comes in the form of certificate or associate's degree programs. Some schools work with car manufacturers to provide training programs that are specific to a car's make and model. These and other training programs may offer paid internships and valuable work experience.

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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
$3,932 Out-of-state
Macomb Community College Warren, Michigan 2-year, Public Certificate
$3,169 In-district
$4,945 In-state
$6,641 Out-of-state
Spokane Community College Spokane, Washington 2-year, Public Certificate
$3,388 In-state
$8,726 Out-of-state
Pima Community College Tucson, Arizona 2-year, Public Associate's $1,974 In-state
$8,610 Out-of-state
Eastern Iowa Community College Davenport, Iowa 2-year, Public Diploma
$4,480 In-state
$6,624 Out-of-state
Bronx Community College Bronx, New York 2-year, Public Certificate
$5,206 In-state
$8,086 Out-of-state
Glendale Community College Glendale, Arizona 2-year, Public Certificate
$2,046 In-state
$7,830 Out-of-state
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, Indiana 2-year, Public Certificate
$4,115 In-state
$7,992 Out-of-state
Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, North Carolina 2-year, Public Diploma
$2,025 In-state
$6,631 Out-of-state
Brookhaven College Farmers Branch, TX 2-year, Public Certificate
$1,770 In-district
$3,330 In-State
$5,220 Out-of-state

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.

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