Explore Academic Programs - Automotive Technology


Do you like working with cars? Are you organized and detail-oriented? If so, a career in the automotive industry would be a great choice for you. The automotive service industry is one of the largest industries worldwide. The size and diversity of the industry offer many opportunities for interesting, challenging and rewarding careers. Continuing technological changes in the industry demand the automotive technician continue to learn and update knowledge and skills.

The automotive industry is and has become a forever-changing industry. With all the on-board computers and options now available in vehicles, students must be prepared to service a variety of systems.  


Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Automotive specialty technician

Median Wages: $18.50 hourly, $38,470 annually

Projected Growth Rate: average (5- 8 %)


Automotive master mechanic

Median Wages: $18.50 hourly, $38,470 annually

Projected Growth Rateaverage (five - eight percent)

Automotive engineering technician

Median Wages: $26.19 hourly, $54,480 annually

Projected Growth Rateslower than average (two - four percent)


Degrees and Certificates

The Automotive program at Central Texas College is a competency based program in a hands-on learning environment. The program is entry-level and industry-validated. Students learn the latest technologies and use of tools and equipment to meet ASE requirements for the automotive repair field. Students are encouraged to sit for the ASE certification exam upon completion of the program. The exam is offered at the CTC central campus.

Delivery Mode

Associate of Applied Science

Automotive Mechanic/Technician

60 credit hours, two years full-time

Central Campus Evening & Weekend

Other U.S. Locations (Fort Knox, Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Sill, Fort Riley)

Certificate of Completion

Automotive Technician - Self-Paced Level II

49 credit hours, two years full-time

Central Campus Day

Central Campus Evening & Weekend

Certificate of Completion

Automotive System Specialist - Self-Paced Level I

19 credit hours, one year full time

Central Campus Day

Central Campus Evening & Weekend

Other U.S. Locations (Fort Knox, Fort Riley)

Certificate of Completion

Basic Automotive Technician - Self-Paced Level I

19 credit hours

Central Campus Day

Central Campus Evening & Weekend

Other U.S. Locations (Fort Knox, Fort Riley)