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Automotive Technology

Program Information

Level I Certificate: 36 semester credit hours
AAS Degree: 60 semester credit hours

Tools Required For The Automotive Courses 

Automotive TechThe certificate and AAS degree programs in automotive technology are designed to provide classroom and laboratory experiences on the proper use of hand tools, power tools, diagnostic testing equipment, and technical manuals in all phases of automotive maintenance, repair, and diagnostics, including inspection, engine overhaul, electrical systems, fuel systems and fuel injection, brake systems, transmission and drive train systems (automatic and manual), suspension and steering systems, heating and air‐conditioning systems, and engine performance. The program is based on Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards and prepares the students for the ASE certification tests. Automotive Technology instructors are ASE Master Certified. The Automotive Program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF.)

A certificate of completion may be earned in 10 ½ months and the AAS degree in two years. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.


  • Must meet all admission requirements to Wharton County Junior College
  • College Entrance Testing (TSI) is NOT required for entrance into the certificate program, but is required for the AAS degree

Enrollment is open to new students at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. New students MUST enroll in AUMT 1301,Introduction and Theory of Automotive Technology, as an introductory course in their first semester. Students must be enrolled in all Automotive Technology courses offered for each semester.  All Automotive classes are held at the Wharton campus only. 

Students are required to provide their own hand tools and work uniforms.

Capstone Experience: An exit exam will be administered to all students upon completion of the one-year certificate.  The capstone test will consist of 80 questions, with 10 questions in each of the eight areas of the Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) certification. 


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