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Engine Repair Courses in Houston with Diploma Program Overviews

Two colleges in the Houston area that offer engine repair courses and programs are profiled in this article. Get some information about the certificate and degree offerings and the schools themselves in order to make an informed decision.

Houston Schools Offering Engine Repair Programs

Studies in engine repair are found at several community colleges and technical institutes in and around Houston. While there are no diploma programs available, students can earn a certificate or an associate's degree in automotive technology and repair. Two Houston-area community colleges are highlighted below. View some helpful facts about each college by reading the table, then find details about specific coursework and hands-on learning experiences for each school.

  • At Houston Community College, students can find a few certificate and 2-year degree programs designed for aspiring automotive and diesel mechanics. The college is located in downtown Houston.
  • San Jacinto Community College is in Pasadena, 15 miles southeast of Houston's downtown area. Certificate and degree programs teach students how to troubleshoot, repair and maintain various types of engines.

Comparison of Schools

Whether you're contemplating a degree or certificate in engine repair, you should examine all aspects of a school before choosing a program. Below you can find facts and figures regarding each school's tuition, campus setting, population, graduation rates and more.

Houston Community College San Jacinto Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 57,120* 30,509*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,632 (in-district)*
$3,360 (in-state)*
$3,756 (out-of-state)*
$1,500 (in-district)*
$2,580 (in-state)*
$4,140 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 62%* 50%*
Acceptance Rate (2016) 100% (open admissions policy)* 100% (open admissions policy)*
Retention Rate (2017) 65% (of full-time students)* 72% (of full-time students)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (of students who began in 2014) 18%* 28%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Houston Community College

Houston Community College is a 2-year school that offers workforce and technical training. Each of its technology programs ends with a co-op, internship or similar experience where students apply everything they've learned. Some of these experiences qualify them for a license in their field of study.

Automotive Technician Certificate

Students can earn the automotive technician certificate to acquire hands-on experience in engine repair without fulfilling academic requirements for a 2-year degree. Instruction covers engine performance analysis, removal and installation as well as the repair of various other automotive systems. Automotive course requirements are identical to those in the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Automotive Technician program. The curriculum meets the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards.

Heavy Vehicle and Truck Repair Certificate

Engine repair courses in this certificate program cover the basics of diesel operation and maintenance. Students learn about diesel engine starting systems, failure analysis and troubleshooting. Students must also take courses in safety procedures, hydraulics and brake systems.

Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technician

This NATEF-certified A.A.S. program offers all of the hands-on experience in the automotive technician certificate curriculum. However, students in this 60-credit program must take English composition and speech courses as well as electives in the humanities. The program ends with a cooperative education experience.

San Jacinto Community College

Students taking engine repair courses at San Jacinto Community College can specialize in Toyota, Honda, Ford or General Motors products for either the certificate or the AAS programs. This training is provided through the Automotive Student Service Educational Training Program (ASSET). ASSET allows students to earn a certificate or degree by alternating between full-time automotive work and classes.

Automotive Technology Level 2 Certificate

After an introduction to automotive technology, students learn about brake and electrical systems. They also learn about engine repair and performance analysis. At the end of the program, students sit for the ASE exam.

Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology

The Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology curriculum is for technicians in a dealership seeking advanced automotive skills. After purchasing their own tools, students must apply to the school's automotive department. Students are provided with uniforms and guidelines for participation in this program. Qualified applicants can also receive sponsorship. Academic requirements include courses in English composition, mathematics and behavioral science. The initial hands-on study provides an introduction to engine repair and automotive systems.


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