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About the Automotive Technology Program

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How to Get Started

  1. See the Courses, Degrees, Certificates and Specialty Programs page to learn which options are offered at each college
  2. Complete the admissions process at the college that interests you
  3. Contact an Automotive Technology advisor at that college.
  4. Complete the college assessment test for placement in the program. Some programs may require additional mechanical aptitude testing or concurrent employment in the automotive repair industry.
  5. Meet with an academic advisor at the college you plan to attend. Be sure to mention your interest in the Automotive Technology program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.


Dallas County residents pay $156 per three-hour class — that is $52 per credit hour, or just $624 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.​​

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer, including prerequisites, links to course descriptions and more.

All campus-based courses are designed to include approximately 34 percent lecture and 66 percent laboratory activities, including various Web- or computer-based components. All awards include a cooperative work experience component requiring a minimum of part-time work in a course-related occupation.

See the Courses, Degrees, Certificates and Specialty Programs page for detailed information and links to our catalog.

Accreditation and Affiliations

The colleges of Dallas County Community College District — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — are individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published on the college’s accreditation Web page.

The Brookhaven and Eastfield Automotive Technology programs also are certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) to teach automotive repair.

Extracurricular Activities

Each of our colleges has an extensive selection of student clubs and organizations for students interested in social, cultural or leadership enrichment opportunities. All students of automotive programs are encouraged to participate in the various student programs offered by each college through Student Life. The Student Life Office on each campus coordinates all student clubs and organizations, from student government and leadership to program clubs.

Eastfield College has an Automotive Car Club and also sponsors student participation in the VICA SkillsUSA contest.

Brookhaven’s Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) holds an annual intercollegiate competition, the ASEP Challenge, in which students of member community college ASEP programs from the south central region compete for bragging rights and the coveted ASEP Challenge traveling plaque.

Related Programs

Not sure exactly what you want to study? Check out our other Technical/Mechanical programs, including Auto Body Technology, Engine Technology and Welding Technology.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.​​

Transfer Information

Automotive Technology courses are designed for direct entry into the workplace. However, if you are interested in completing a bachelor’s degree after you leave one of our colleges, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

The University of North Texas offers direct transfer of core automotive courses for credit in the Applied Technology and Performance Improvement program. Students may apply up to 36 hours of automotive course work for credit toward the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree. Much of the core work can also be accomplished through distance learning.

If you're interested in transferring your automotive credits to a program with a focus on business, check out Northwood Universitys Automotive Marketing program.

Faculty Profiles

The faculty in each program are factory-trained technicians with years of automotive service and teaching experience. Many have advanced degrees and all have ASE certifications. We invite you to explore their credentials and compare them with instructors of any institution offering automotive training.

Our automotive programs offer cutting-edge automotive training by world-class faculty for an unbelievably affordable price. See profiles of some of our Automotive Technology faculty.

Links to Additional Information

Note: Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information, and do not constitute official endorsement by the colleges of DCCCD.

  • The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has as its goal to to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals. About 400,000 professionals hold current certifications, representing every segment of the automotive service industry: car and truck dealerships, independent garages, fleets, service stations, franchises and more.
  • The National Automotive Technicians’ Education Foundation (NATEF) was founded as an independent, nonprofit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommend qualifying programs for certification (accreditation) by ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Since 1983, the NATEF process has resulted in certified automotive training programs in all 50 states at the secondary and post-secondary levels. NATEF also evaluates the providers of in-service technician training programs under a program called Continuing Automotive Service Education.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Automotive Technology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.