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Get Started in the Automotive Technology Program

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 you plan to attend.
  3. Meet with 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.


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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)

All campus-based courses are designed to include approximately 34 percent lecture and 66 percent laboratory activities, including 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 on courses and links to the catalog. 

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

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

Extracurricular Activities

All students of automotive programs are encouraged to participate in the 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 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

Check out other Technical/Mechanical programs

Other Degree and Certificate Options

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, 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 University’s 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 the latest technology in automotive training by world-class faculty for an 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.

Contact Us

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