Automotive Technology, Certificate of Technology

Program Information

With automotive technology rapidly developing each year and becoming increasingly complex, the industry demand for qualified service technicians grows exponentially. At San Jacinto College, students receive the proper hands-on training and education to excel and become successful in the automotive field. Students study the eight areas of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), with the goal of becoming properly trained, certified, and employed at an automotive repair facility. After graduation, students will have several exciting career avenues from which to choose, including service technician, shop foreman, service advisor, service manager, parts counter, and car sales – all areas that reward hard workers and strong talent.

The San Jacinto College F.A.S.T. automotive technology program:

  • Offers lectures and in-class demonstrations, combined with practice lab skill sets, which better prepare and train students to transition into the work force;
  • Provides students with the opportunity to work in the automotive field while attending school, in the Earn While You Learn program; 
  • Teaches students the theory of operation, component identification, and diagnostic procedures; all of which helps develop critical thinking skills necessary for proper vehicle diagnostics along with better preparation for passing the ASE exams; and
  • Provides students the hands-on experience needed for proper development and training.

Career Opportunities

The San Jacinto College automotive technology program prepares students for careers in:

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

Earning Potential

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics median salary: $43,861 per year1

Source:, Gulf Coast region, 2018

For more information, students may call 281-998-6150, x1150


Central Campus


The automotive technology curriculum is designed to provide basic training for students to fill entry-level positions in the fields of automotive service excellence. The trainee certificate is currently only offered to dual credit and Early College High School students to meet the unique needs of these dual-enrollment students. Students interested in an automotive certificate can reference the Automotive Technology, Level 2 Certificate of Technology.

Plan of Study

Central Campus


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First TermCredits
AUMT 1201 Introduction and Theory of Automotive Technology 2
AUMT 1345 Automotive Climate Control Systems 3
AUMT 1407 Automotive Electrical Systems 4
AUMT 1410 Automotive Brake Systems 4
Second Term
AUMT 1416 Automotive Suspension and Steering 4
AUMT 1419 Automotive Engine Repair 4
AUMT 2289 Internship - Automotive Technology 2
AUMT 2421 Automotive Electrical Diagnosis and Repair 4
 Total Credits27