Auto Tech, Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) Program, Associate of Applied Science

Program Information

Students looking to shift their careers into high gear should look no further than the Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) program at San Jacinto College. Automobiles are much more complex than they used to be, increasingly relying on complicated computer systems and electronics for operation.  At San Jacinto College, students receive the right training on Honda and Acura vehicles to excel in the ever-changing and always exciting field of automotive technology. The Honda PACT program prepares students to enter several exciting career avenues, including service technician, parts counter, service writer, shop foreman, service manager, and car sales – all areas that reward strong talent.

The Honda PACT program:

  • Offers hands-on training to learn the automotive fundamentals for Honda and Acura vehicles;
  • Provides the opportunity to Earn While You Learn as students are also employed as dealer technicians while completing the program; and 
  • Gives students experience needed to prepare for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exam.

Career Opportunities

The Automotive Technology Honda PACT program prepares students for careers in dealerships as:

  • Service advisors;
  • Service technicians;
  • Parts counter persons;
  • Service writers; and
  • Car salespeople.

Earning Potential

Earning potential varies widely, depending on work ethic, experience, certifications, and dealer work flow.

For more information, students may contact Manit Bunnimit, Program Coordinator at or  281-998-6150, x1137 or Kay Richardson, Department Chair at or 281-991-2608


Central Campus


Honda PACT streamlines the path to becoming a highly trained automotive technician to less than two years. In Honda PACT, students alternate between San Jacinto College and hands-on work experience at a sponsoring dealership. Honda PACT instructors are Honda trained and in touch with the latest automotive trends. American Honda Motor Co. Inc. requires Honda PACT instructors to have the latest high tech training available. Honda PACT colleges are ready to provide the most current training available in the industry. Students will learn how to identify, analyze, and solve complex automotive problems. Theory and practical application will come together as students spend time working on actual customer vehicles. Honda PACT students complete approximately 85% of the manufacturer training required to become a Honda or Acura certified technician. American Honda Motor Co. Inc. donates new vehicles to its Honda PACT colleges. This ensures that students are training on the latest vehicle technology.

The Honda PACT program at San Jacinto College is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation (ASEEF). This accreditation ensures that this training will meet or exceed industry standards. All Honda PACT instructors must be certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) to be credentialed to teach in any Honda PACT classroom. Students interested in the Honda PACT program are required to meet with the PACT coordinator or Department Chair before registering for automotive classes.

Plan of Study

Central Campus

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
AUMT 1201 Introduction and Theory of Automotive Technology 2
AUMT 1410 Automotive Brake Systems 4
AUMT 1416 Automotive Suspension and Steering 4
Speech 3
Second Term
AUMT 1407 Automotive Electrical Systems 4
AUMT 2421 Automotive Electrical Diagnosis and Repair 4
AUMT 2188 Internship - Automotive Technology 1
Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History 3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
Summer Year One Term
AUMT 1345 Automotive Climate Control Systems 3
AUMT 1319 Automotive Engine Repair 3
Third Term
AUMT 2417 Automotive Engine Performance Analysis I 4
AUMT 2434 Automotive Engine Performance Analysis II 4
AUMT 2288 Internship - Automotive Technology 2
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Fourth Term
AUMT 2413 Manual Drivetrain and Axles 4
AUMT 2425 Automotive Automatic Transmission and Transaxles 4
AUMT 2289 Internship - Automotive Technology 2
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher)
or College Algebra
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: AUMT 2289 Internship - Automotive Technology

Eligible for credentialing exams

Note: Applicants must meet the admission requirements for San Jacinto College.

Department-specific courses must be taken in sequence and may have a prerequisite course.

Exceptions must be approved by the Department Chair.