program overview

automotive systems technology

Photo of male student working under car with two students looking on in automotive class.

* this program is financial aid eligible.
curriculums in the mobile equipment maintenance and repair pathway prepare individuals for employment as entry-level transportation service technicians. the program provides an introduction to transportation industry careers and increases student awareness of the diverse technologies associated with this dynamic and challenging field. course work may include transportation systems theory, braking systems, climate control, design parameters, drive trains, electrical/electronic systems, engine repair, engine performance, environmental regulations, materials, product finish, safety, steering/suspension, transmission/transaxles, and sustainable transportation, depending on the program major area chosen. graduates of this pathway should be prepared to take professional licensure exams, which correspond to certain programs of study, and to enter careers as entry-level technicians in the transportation industry.

automotive systems technology: a program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles. includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air condition systems

this hands-on program, certified by the national automotive technicians education foundation (natef), helps a student develop technical and manual skills through class assignments, discussions, and practical lab experiences in the clean and well-equipped automotive shop at durham tech. day classes are offered in the automotive systems technology program; and students may take evening classes to complete certificate options in chassis servicing and engine performance.

spring application deadline is jan 05

Estimated Tuition & Fees


degree type

associate in applied science (aas)


main campus

minimum credit hours


program stats

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average salary


estimated completion time

18-19 months
outline of person

average class size


current and upcoming course offerings

course number title credit hours
aca-122 college transfer success 1
aut-113 automotive servicing i 2
aut-114 safety and emissions 2
aut-116 engine repair 3
aut-141 Suspension & Steering Systems 3
aut-151 brake systems 3
aut-163 advanced automotive electricity 3
aut-181 engine performance 1 3
aut-213 automotive servicing 2 2
aut-231 manual transmissions/transaxles/drive, trains 3
cis-110 introduction to computers 3
com-231 public speaking 3
eng-111 writing and inquiry 3
trn-110 introduction to transport technology 2
trn-120 basic transportation electricity 5
trn-140 transportation climate control 2
trn-140a transportation climate control lab 2
wbl-110 world of work 1
wbl-111 work-based learning i 1
Student in automotive garage on main campus.

“my experience here has been amazing. the program doesn’t just teach you cars, it teaches you time management, diagnostic thinking, and troubleshooting, which you can apply to all areas of your life. the teachers are also amazing, they will help you with anything you need.”

—brendan sanders