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Automotive Technology

Certificate Technical Degree

Cars and trucks are even more complicated machines than they used to be, and need sharp, highly skilled technicians to service them. At San Jac, get the training you’ll need to join the elite group of certified automotive technicians and jumpstart your career. 

Program at a Glance

We offer a number of different ways to learn about the wide and exciting world of the auto industry. Our Auto Tech program provides in-depth (and paid!) field training along with theoretical practice that will give a complete understanding of vehicles.

Career Opportunities

As a program graduate, you’ll be prepared for careers in:

  • Automotive dealerships
  • Independent service shops
  • Franchise repair shops
  • Exhaust shops
  • Brake shops
  • Tire specialty shops

Earning Potential

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics: $46,706 
Autonomous Vehicle Technicians: $37,440

For more salary information, check out Texas Wages.

Locations

DEGREES & CERTIFICATES

Auto Tech, Certificate of Technology

Certificate
The Certificate of Technology prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career.
Length 1 Year
If you're studying part-time, you can complete the 27 credits for this certificate in four terms.

Autonomous Vehicle, Certificate of Technology

Certificate
The Certificate of Technology prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career.
Length 1 Year
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 37 credits for this certificate in three terms, including the summer.

Ford Automotive Service Technicians (FAST) Auto Tech, AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this program in five terms, including a summer term.

Ford Automotive Service Technicians (FAST) Auto Tech, Level 2 Certificate

Certificate
The Level 2 Certificate prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career.
Length 1.5 years
If you're studying part-time, you can complete the 45 credits for this certificate in four terms.

Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) Program, AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career. Ford ASSET trains students to become successful service technicians certified in Ford service, diagnostic, and repair methods.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this certificate in five terms. A summer term between the first and second year is part of this program.

Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) Program, Level 2 Certificate

Certificate
The Level 2 Certificate prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. Ford ASSET trains students to become successful service technicians certified in Ford service, diagnostic, and repair methods.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 45 credits for this certificate in five terms. A summer term between the first and second year is part of this program.

General Motors Automotive Service Educational (ASEP) Program, AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career. GM ASEP trains students in the fundamentals of GM vehicles and prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence exam.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this certificate in five terms. A summer term between the first and second year is part of this program.

Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) Program, AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career. The Honda PACT program trains students in the automotive fundamentals for Honda and Acura vehicles and prepares them for the Automotive Service Excellence exam.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this certificate in five terms. A summer term between the first and second year is part of this program.

Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) Program, Certificate of Technology

Certificate
The Certificate of Technology prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. The Honda PACT program trains students in the automotive fundamentals for Honda and Acura vehicles and prepares them for the Automotive Service Excellence exam.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 42 credits for this certificate in five terms. A summer term between the first and second year is part of this program.

Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) Program, Level 2 Certificate

Certificate
The Level 2 Certificate prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. The Honda PACT program trains students in the automotive fundamentals for Honda and Acura vehicles and prepares them for the Automotive Service Excellence exam.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 45 credits for this certificate in five terms. A summer term between the first and second year is part of this program.

Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP), AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career. The MOPAR CAP Chrysler program trains students in the automotive fundamentals for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Fiat vehicles and prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence exam.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this certificate in five terms. A summer term between the first and second year is part of this program.

Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP), Level 2 Certificate

Certificate
The Level 2 Certificate prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. The MOPAR CAP Chrysler program trains students in the automotive fundamentals for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Fiat vehicles and prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence exam.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 45 credits for this certificate in five terms. A summer term between the first and second year is part of this program.

Toyota Technician Training & Education Network (T-TEN) Program, AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career. The Toyota T-TEN program trains students in the automotive fundamentals for Toyota and Lexus vehicles and prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence exam.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this certificate in five terms. A summer term between the first and second year is part of this program.

Toyota Technician Training & Education Network (T-TEN) Program, Level 2 Certificate

Certificate
The Level 2 Certificate prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. The Toyota T-TEN program trains students in the automotive fundamentals for Toyota and Lexus vehicles and prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence exam.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 45 credits for this certificate in five terms. A summer term between the first and second year is part of this program.

CAREER TRACKS

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After San Jacinto College

After you graduate and pass the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams, you’ll have several exciting career avenues to choose from. These include service technicians, shop foremen, service advisors, service managers, parts counters, and car sales—all areas that reward hard workers and strong talent.

Contact Us

Have questions? Reach out via phone or email and we’ll help make sure you’re choosing the right program for you.
Thomas Hendricks
Coordinator, Auto Tech FAST
Phone
(281) 998-6150x1150
Kay Richardson
DC, Cons/Prof Svcs/Auto Tech
Phone
(281) 991-2608
Marisol Barlow
Sr Administrative Assistant
Phone
(281) 998-6150x1492