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.