Automotive Technology Institutes, Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Automotive technicians service, repair and maintain automobiles. Here, you can find information about undergraduate programs for aspiring professionals in this field.

There are undergraduate certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs available in automotive technology. These programs can be found at two-year community colleges and four-year universities.

Nine Schools with Automotive Technology Programs

The following schools offer automotive technology programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada 4-year, Public Certificate
$2,805 In-state
$9,450 Out-of-state
Utah Valley University Orem, Utah 4-year, Public Certificate
$5,386 In-state
$15,202 Out-of-state
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, Florida 4-year, Public Certificate
$2,830 In-state
$9,944 Out-of-state
South Texas College McAllen, Texas 4-year, Public Certificate
$3,486 In-district
$3,770 In-state
$4,440 Out-of-state
Weber State University Ogden, Utah 4-year, Public Certificate
$5,321 In-state
$14,235 Out-of-state
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, Illinois 4-year, Public Bachelor's $13,137 In-state
$26,390 Out-of-state
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska 4-year, Public Certificate
$5,545 In-state
$17,177 Out-of-state
Indian River State College Fort Pierce, Florida 4-year, Public Associate's $2,764 In-state
$10,201 Out-of-state
Daytona State College Daytona Beach, Florida 4-year, Public Certificate
$3,282 In-state
$12,352 Out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for automotive technology schools:

  • Students should make sure that the program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.
  • It can be helpful to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exam, since many employers require industry certification.
  • Prospective students may want to find out about the school's hands-on training facilities in order to ensure that they will gain experience working with industry-standard tools and equipment.
  • Because of advancements in alternative energies, students might want to consider programs that include instruction in alternative fuel technologies.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs in automotive technology introduce students to the basics of the field through a combination of lecture-based coursework and practical training. Course topics include engine repair, transmissions, fuel injection and automotive electricity. Depending on the school, these programs can take one to two years to complete.

Associate's Degree Programs

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) programs provide the same introduction to the maintenance and repair of automobiles as certificate programs. However, they also include general education coursework, so they take two years of full-time study to complete. Graduates are prepared for entry-level jobs in the field, or they may advance to bachelor's degree programs in related areas.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

In four-year bachelor's degree programs in automotive technology, the introductory curriculum is similar to that in associate's degree programs, but students also have the chance to delve more deeply into automotive technology topics. Students may have the chance to focus their studies on an advance topic such as manufacturing management, collision repair, insurance management or diesel engines. There are also bachelor's degree programs that emphasize automotive engineering. Most bachelor's degree programs require four years of full-time studies, but there are some schools at which students who already hold an associate's degree can enroll in a two-year bachelor's degree completion program.

Automotive technology is the science of servicing and maintaining vehicles. Students should consider their career goals and then select a school that offers certifications in the areas in which they wish to work.

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