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Durham Auto Mechanic School Overviews with Program Summaries

The Durham area has five schools that offer auto mechanic programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 40 miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

Auto Mechanic Schools in the Durham Area

This article looks at three community colleges within 45 minutes of downtown Durham and their associate's degree programs in automotive mechanics. It also includes a table of facts about each school that a prospective student should know, such as enrollment, tuition, the graduation rate and the percentage of first-year students who receive financial aid. Following this is a little information about several other Durham-area schools that offer relevant programs.

  • Students at Alamance Community College, 29 miles from downtown Durham, can earn an associate's degree in automotive systems technology.
  • Just three miles from the city center, Durham Technical Community College also offers an associate's degree program in automotive systems technology.
  • An associate's degree in automotive systems technology is available at Wake Technical Community College, 35 miles from downtown Durham.

Comparison of Schools

The following table showcases important information that can help individuals who are looking for a school.

Alamance Community College Durham Technical Community College Wake Technical Community College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 4,184* 5,415* 22,494*
Campus Setting Rural fringe Large city Large Suburb
Tuition & Fees 2017-2018 (undergraduate) $2,036 in-state; $7,028 out-of-state* $1,958 in-state; $6,566 out-of-state* $2,768 in-state; $8,912 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 67%* 80%* 44%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open Admissions N/A - Open Admissions N/A - Open Admissions
Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017) 71% for full-time students* 61% for full-time students* 70% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (students who started Fall 2014) 31%* 15%* 16%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Alamance Community College

Alamance Community College offers a 39-credit hour automotive systems diploma program as well as a variety of related certificate programs that require 14-16 credit hours to earn. After completing the automotive systems technology program, students might be ready to work in dealerships and repair shops.

Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Systems Technology

Students learn in the classroom as well as in labs while receiving training on electronic systems, engine performance/repair and climate control. Courses include auto shop management, advanced automotive electricity, oral communication and brake systems.

Durham Technical Community College

Instructors at Durham Technical Community College are dealership, garage and specialty auto shop managers and certified professionals. The automotive systems technology program instructs students on all eight National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation areas. The college also has a 1-year diploma program as well as four certificate programs that are offered in the evening.

Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Systems Technology

Students are taught through a combination of discussions, class assignments and lab experiments. The associate's degree program instructs students on manual/technical skills, steering systems, microcomputers, argument-based research, conceptual physics, automotive machining and automotive safety. Students on the fence about working in the automotive industry can take an introductory class to find out if the field of automotive systems is a good fit for them.

Wake Technical Community College

Graduates of the associate's degree program might be ready for employment in repair shops, specialized shops and dealerships. Students can earn their degree in two years.

Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Systems Technology

Courses in the associate's degree program include engine repair, brake systems, auto climate control and basic auto electricity. Students can also complete a co-op work experience. The program allows for three hours of lab for every hour of classroom lectures.

Other School Options

An automotive systems technology program is available at Vance-Granville Community College, which is located roughly 36 miles from Durham. Even though Central Carolina Community College is found 53 miles from downtown Durham, it still has an auto systems technology program and allows students to work in auto shops and use computerized diagnostic equipment.


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