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Automotive Technology


Programs in automotive technology prepare people to repair and service all types of vehicles and their engines.

Students learn to fix transmissions, brakes, and other vehicle systems.

Automotive technology programs include topics such as:


In automotive technology programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in automotive technology. A certificate program usually takes six months to one year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

A few colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in automotive technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

A certificate program in automotive technology typically includes courses in the following subjects:

An associate degree program typically includes courses similar to those for a certificate, plus the following subjects:

An automotive or diesel technology program always includes a large amount of hands-on learning. You will learn most of your skills in a garage, rather than in a classroom.

Things to Know

Look for programs approved by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

The military may also provide training. The armed forces use a large number of vehicles and diesel generators, so they need to train specialists to do the maintenance and repair work.

Most programs require that students purchase their own tools, safety equipment, and work clothes.

In your work you may specialize in specific areas of repair such as front-end alignment or exhaust system maintenance.

As auto technology continues to advance, you will need to keep your skills up to date. Expect to take classes throughout your career.

You can become certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). To be certified, you need work experience and must pass an exam.


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