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Automotive Schools and Institutes with Program Summaries

Aspiring automotive technicians have two options to prepare for a career in the field, including a certificate program and an associate's degree program in automotive technology. Vocational training institutes and community colleges both offer these automotive training programs.

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Since two automotive training programs exist, prospective students must first decide which program is more appropriate. A definite advantage to a certificate program is that it can be completed in one year of full-time study, while an associate's degree program takes an additional year to complete.

10 Schools with Automotive Technology Programs

These ten schools offer some form of certificate or associate's degree program in automotive technology, with tuition rates for each taken from the 2015-2016 school year.

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Houston Community College Houston, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's degree $1,632 in-district, $3,360 in-state, $3,756 out-of-state
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA 2-year, Public Associate's degree $5,138 in-state, $11,055 out-of-state
Lone Star College The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's degree $1,504 in-district, $3,184 in-state, $3,544 out-of-state
Tarrant County College Fort Worth, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's degree $1,320 in-district, $2,064 in-state, $4,920 out-of-state
Riverside City College Riverside, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's degree $1,426 in-state, $7,366 out-of-state
Austin Community College Austin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's degree $2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, Public Associate's degree $2,753 in-state, $8,875 out-of-state
Spokane Community College Spokane, WA 2-year, Public Associate's degree $3,388 in-state, $8,726 out-of-state
Columbus State Community College Delaware, OH 2-year, Public Associate's degree $3,808 in-state, $8,430 out-of-state
Wallace Community College Dothan, AL 2-year, Public Associate's degree $4,260 in-state, $7,710 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Some important factors to consider when selecting the program to enroll in and where to attend to become an automotive technician include:

  • A certificate program can be completed in one year, whereas as associate's degree generally takes two years.
  • Internships provide students with an opportunity to gain practical work experience with a local garage or car dealership.
  • Prospective automotive technician students should consider the equipment and facilities a community college or vocational institute has to offer.

Anyone wishing to become an automotive technician can make that a reality after completion of a certificate or an associate's degree.

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