Auto Mechanic Courses in Tulsa, OK with Program Summaries

Within 50 miles of downtown Tulsa are at least five colleges that offer auto mechanic programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Tulsa Auto Mechanic Schools

The Tulsa area has several training options that can prepare individuals for careers as auto mechanics. This article offers an overview of three schools that are within a 50-mile drive of downtown Tulsa. It also features a table of information that prospective students need to examine, such as costs, school size and graduation rates. At the end of the article is a brief paragraph naming two additional Tulsa-area schools with automotive programs.

  • Tulsa Technology Center - Broken Arrow Campus , about 13 miles from downtown Tulsa, offers two automotive programs covering automotive service, maintenance and light repair.
  • Students at the Northeast Technology Center - Pryor, around 39 miles from Tulsa, can choose from two automotive programs designed for aspiring auto technicians.
  • Indian Capital Technology Center - Muskogee is about 47 miles from Tulsa and offers a program that covers automotive services.

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Comparison of Schools

Here is a table that allows prospective students to compare important aspects of each school. This information can help them make an informed decision on their training.

Tulsa Technology Center - Broken Arrow Campus Northeast Technology Center - Pryor Indian Capital Technology Center - Muskogee
School Type Less-than-two-year; public Less-than-two-year; public Two-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 734* 470* 715*
Campus Setting Fringe rural Distant rural Fringe rural
Tuition & Fees for Auto Mechanic Program $2,160-3,980 for the adult program (2016)** $1,600 per program (2016)*** $1,837.50 (2016)****
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2014) 75%* 79%* 80%*
Acceptance Rate (2016) N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2014) 97% of full-time students
96% of part-time students*
76% of full-time students
65% of part-time students*
96% of full-time students
98% of part-time students*
Graduation Rate (of Students Who Began in 2011-12) 90%* 69%* 82%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Tulsa Technology Center, ***Northeast Technology Center, ****Indian Capital Technology Center.

Tulsa Technology Center - Broken Arrow Campus

Tulsa Technology Center (Tulsa Tech) is part of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and offers automotive maintenance and light repair technology and service technology programs that may be useful to aspiring auto mechanics.

Automotive Maintenance Light Repair Program

This program is for high school students who want to focus on the maintenance and light repair on automobiles. Students who complete this program may be able to receive college credit for some of their coursework. Since this program is intended for high school students, no tuition is charged to students living in the Tulsa Tech school district.

Students in this one-year program can learn how to inspect cooling systems, perform lubrication services and maintain vehicles. The program also teaches students how engines, transmissions and power steering systems operate.

Automotive Service Program

This program can be completed in two years by high school students or in nine months by adult students. Students in the automotive service technology program get to learn about specialty topics in automotive transmissions, brakes, electrical and electronic systems, engines, heating and cooling and suspension and steering. The program is designed to help students understand how to diagnose and repair the various systems and components found on an automobile. Students also get to shadow mechanics as part of their learning experience.

This program could count towards an associate's degree program if a student wishes to continue his or her education. Students may also be prepared to pursue various National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications after graduation. In addition to the cost of tuition and fees, students are also required to pay for books, uniforms, tools and other supplies.

Northeast Technology Center - Pryor

Northeast Technology Center - Pryor offers two training programs for aspiring auto mechanics. The automotive service technician program can be completed in eight months, and the automotive maintenance and light repair program can be completed in only five months. Students have the option to choose from morning or afternoon sessions for both programs.

Automotive Service Technician Program

The automotive technology program requires 915 hours and covers brakes, engine repair and performance, steering and suspension, heating and air conditioning and transmissions. This program can be pursued by adults or high school students who have reached junior or senior status. High school students do not have to pay tuition. This program is aligned with the standards set by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), so students may be able to pursue various ASE certifications after completing the program.

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Program

This 525-hour program is open to high school junior and senior students and adults. High school students are not required to pay tuition costs. This program can help students prepare for ASE certifications after graduation. The required courses cover a variety of topics, including automotive electronics, air conditioning and heating systems, brakes, engine repair and suspension.

Indian Capital Technology Center - Muskogee

Indian Capital Technology Center offers an automotive general services technician program that requires the completion of 1,050 hours. This program is open to high school and adult students.

Automotive Service Technician Program

Full-time students can complete this program in one year, and part-time students can complete it in two years. Students can pursue various ASE certifications after they graduate. This program is offered in the mornings or afternoons at the Muskogee campus. Some of the required courses include steering and suspension, brakes, automotive services, engine repair and engine performance. High school students are not required to pay tuition, but all students may be subject to additional costs for books and other supplies.

Other School Options

Additional schools in the Tulsa area that offer auto mechanic training include the Central Technology Center, which is 35 miles from Tulsa, and Tri County Technical Center (TCTC), located 40 miles from Tulsa.

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