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Technology on the road, in our vehicles, provides safety and simplicity for drivers. Yet, the sophisticated software used in the vehicles’ core systems poses a challenge for do-it-yourselfers and small-time mechanics. In times past, mechanics would easily diagnose, repair, and evaluate problems with just their technical abilities and basic tools. Today, the computerized systems require detailed calibrations performed by specialists using high-tech tools.

The complexity of these modern vehicles calls for proper training and a new breed of technicians who are willing to stay on top of the latest automotive technologies. Auto mechanic programs include extensive study in automobiles’ electrical systems and computer codes so graduates will be able to detect and make distinctions between software bugs and real component failures. Most accredited programs prepare students for ASE certification. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) outlines standards and evaluates auto technicians to ensure competency in their field. ASE certification requires at least two years of on-the-job experience. However, by enrolling in a degree program, you can reduce the one-the-job experience requirement to just one year. ASE-certified technicians must retest every 5 years to demonstrate their knowledge and competency in the servicing of modern vehicles as technology advances.

Universal Technical Institute

Universal Technical Institute offers auto technology students the opportunity to prepare for a career in the industry in less than one year. The school also offers dedicated teams for supporting students in financial aid, housing, and job placement, hands-on training in various settings, experienced instructions, and specialized Ford, Lexus, BMW training, and much more. The program will provide foundational knowledge that students will build on throughout their careers. They will learn how to diagnose, maintain, and repair domestic and foreign vehicles and move on to manufacturer-specific advanced training courses. Areas of study include Automotive Engines Service and Repair, Vehicle Brake Systems, Vehicle Steering & Suspension Service and Repair, Automotive Powertraining and Transmissions, Professional Automotive Service Writing, Automotive Climate Control System and Repair, and Hybrid Vehicle System Maintenance. Graduates will be prepared to complete ASE examinations and substitute the training for one year of the two years of work experience required for ASE certification. New classes begin every 3 to 6 weeks.

Program overview:
Auto Technology Diploma
Duration: 51 weeks
Clock hours: 1,530
Sem Credit Hours: 68

Prerequisites:

  • A high school diploma recognized in Texas – must submit a copy of high school transcript or GED
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must demonstrate English Language proficiency
  • Submit a completed application and sign the enrollment agreement

Program cost:
The total program cost of $36,415 includes tuition, registration fee, lab fee, and equipment fee.

Website: https://www.uti.edu/locations/texas/houston
Address: 721 Lockhaven Drive, Houston, TX 77073
Toll-Free: 800-834-7308

Houston Community College

Upon completion of the Automotive Technology AAS degree at Houston Community College, students will demonstrate competency in automotive brake and suspension service procedures, automatic and manual transmission service, engine repair and replacement service procedures, electrical and electronic systems service and procedure, and air-conditioning service and repair. The classes are taught in blocks, so students must register for all classes at the same time in a given semester. Courses include Learning Framework, Introduction to Automotive Technology, Automotive Service, Automotive Brake Systems, Automotive Suspension, and Steering Systems, Electrical Systems, Electrical Diagnosis and Repair, Climate Control Systems, Drive Train and Axles, Engine Repair, and much more. Students must complete general education requirements to attain the AAS degree.

Program overview:
Auto Technology AAS
Duration: 2 years
Clock hours: N/A
Sem Credit Hours: 60

Prerequisites:

  • Meet with an admission representative
  • Submit a high school transcript and GED certificate
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must demonstrate English Language proficiency
  • Secure admission to HCC before applying to the program
  • Provide proof of the required immunization

Program cost:
Tuition costs $1,270.50 per semester for in-district students and $2,710.50 for those out of district.

Website: https://www.hccs.edu/programs/areas-of-study/public-safety-transportation–consumer-services/automotive-technology/
Address: 3100 Main Street, Houston TX 77002
Phone: 713-718-2000

SAM Tech

The School of Automotive Machinists & Technology (SAM Tech) provides students with hands-on training to become the best automotive machinists in the industry. The unique curriculum has an emphasis on building better engines, giving students the opportunity to join top teams in NASCAR, NHRA, and IndyCar. Through intensive hands-on activities, students will learn short-block assembly, block machining, and cylinder head porting.  Course topics include Engine Block Work Practices, Tools and Safety, Engine Block Machinist Math and Measurement, Principles and Theories of Engine Block, Design and Function of Engine Block Components, Engine Block Disassembly and Inspection, Operation of Engine Block Machining Equipment, Engine Block Blueprinting, Engine Block Assembly and Dynamometer Testing, and Career Planning. An Associate of Applied Science option is also offered and requires completion of general education courses.

Program overview:
Automotive Engine/Block Machining Diploma
Duration: 36 weeks (day) 45 weeks (evening)
Clock hours: 725
Sem Credit Hours: 38

Prerequisites:

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  • Submit a completed application form
  • Submit the registration fee of $100
  • Schedule and attend a facility tour
  • Complete and pass all the required tests – the Bennet Mechanical Comprehension Test with a minimum score of 39
  • Must be a high school graduate or pass the GED
  • Must be at least 17 years of age – applicants under 18 years must obtain parental consent

Program cost:
Tuition, registration and fees cost $16,775 for the diploma program.

Website: https://samtech.edu/
Address: 1911 Antoine Dr, Houston, Texas 77055
Phone: (713) 683-3817
Fax: (713) 683-7077

Barbara Jordan Career Center

The Automotive Technology Program taught at the Barbara Jordan Career Center covers the principles of automotive diagnosis and repair to prepare students for employment in the industry. Areas of study include braking systems, all-wheel alignment, steering and suspension systems, engine overhaul, and basic electricity including starting and charging systems. Upon completion of the basic skills, students will learn how to use computerized test equipment to diagnose charging, ignition, fuel injection, and computerized engine control systems. Students will qualify for various industry certifications including Maintenance and Light Repair, Electrical, Brakes, Steering and Suspension, and Lone Star Workforce Certificate. Eleventh-grade students will complete Automotive Technology I Dual Credit and Automotive Technology II Dual Credit is targeted to twelfth-graders.

Program overview:
Automotive Technology I and II Dual Credit
Duration: 2 years
Clock hours: N/A
Sem Credit Hours: 12

Prerequisites:

  • Must be enrolled in an approved high school within HISD.
  • Must be an 11th or 12th-grade student
  • Must have a serious interest in the auto mechanics
  • Students are expected to attend classes at the home campus for half the day and complete the workforce program in the evening

Program cost:
Training is free for high school students.

Website: https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/153535
Address: 5800 Eastex Freeway Houston, TX 77026-1565
Phone: 713-636-6900 fax:  713-636-6917

Lone Star College

The Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree offered by Lone Star College provides academic and technical education that students need to function competently in the automotive service industry. The program will emphasize the mechanical, electrical/electronic and environmental systems of contemporary automobiles and light trucks. It will provide a foundation for continued studies for graduates who wish to pursue further training. Core courses include Introduction to Automotive Technology, Automotive Electrical Systems, Automotive Brake Systems, Automotive Suspension and Steering Systems, Drive Train and Axles, Engine Performance Analysis, Climate Control Systems, Automotive Electronics, Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission and Transaxle, Engine Performance Analysis II, and Co-Op Work Experience. The program operates with full Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification, so graduates will be eligible to take the ASE certification exam.

Program overview:
Automotive Service Technician AAS Degree
Duration: 2 years
Sem Credit Hours: 60

Prerequisites:

  • Apply for admission to Lone Star College
  • Apply for admission to the Automotive Tech program
  • Submit high school transcripts to LSC
  • Take any required placement testing
  • Complete New Student Orientation before registering for the class
  • Meet the bacterial meningitis vaccination requirement

Program cost:
Tuition costs $2,805 per year for resident students. Books and supplies cost an additional $2,550 and include uniform, kits, and related materials.

Website: https://www.lonestar.edu/programs-of-study/automotive-technician-certificate.htm
Address: 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073-3499
Phone: 281-618-5400

San Jacinto College

San Jacinto College prepares students to become part of the elite group of certified automotive technicians. Areas of study include Introduction and Theory of Automotive Technology, Automotive Electrical Systems, Electrical Diagnosis and Repair, Brake Systems, Suspension and Steering, Automotive Technology, Climate Control Systems, Engine Repair, Engine Performance Analysis, Automotive Technology, and Manual Drivetrain and Axles. Students will learn through lectures and in-class demonstrations combined with the practical lab. They will also work in the field during the program through the Earn While You Learn segment.  The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accredited program covers the eight areas of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) so graduates will have the confidence to pass the ASE national exam for each area. They can them work as service writers, service technicians, shop foremen, car salesmen, and parts counter. The College also offers specialized training in collaboration with auto manufacturers such as Ford, Honda, Toyota, and GM.

Program overview:
Automotive Technology AAS
Duration: 2 years
Sem Credit Hours: 60

Prerequisites:

  • Apply for admission to San Jacinto College
  • Apply for admission to the Automotive Tech program
  • Submit official high school transcripts
  • Take and pass the placement test
  • Complete New Student Orientation before registering for the class
  • Meet the bacterial meningitis vaccination requirement

Program cost:

The estimated cost per semester is $1,636 for in-district students completing 12 credits. The cost includes tuition and books.

Website: https://www.sanjac.edu/program/diesel-technology
Address: 8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505
Phone: 281-476-1501

 

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