School of Business and Technology

Automotive Technology

Certificate: Level 1 Certificate in Automotive Technology

The complexity of motor vehicles demands a very high level of technical knowledge and skill for service personnel. Basic learning skills in reading, writing and computation are essential to success in the field. The program is a full-time commitment for one academic year, all day four days a week for two semesters plus all day for five days a week in the summer. Basic vehicle theory and principles are taught in the classroom to give the student an understanding of how electrical, electronic and mechanical components function and why they fail. Actual shop practices train the student to utilize appropriate safety procedures, research repair procedures, record time and effort, to make repairs, diagnose, replace and adjust components. The Automotive Technology curriculum prepares graduates for entry-level employment in vehicle diagnosis, repair and maintenance work and leads to target jobs in deep east Texas.

Career Outlook

In the deep east Texas region, the entry annual salary range for automotive technicians is more than $26,000* and the median annual salary for automotive technicians in the deep east Texas region is more than $40,000*.

Why AC for Automotive Technology?

Get to Work Faster

Earn the credentials to start work in as little as one year.

Hands-On Experience

Learn and gain experience with tools and technology in a shop setting.

Entrance Testing Not Required

Get started with the program without taking extra classes.

Recommended Course Sequence

Degree Pathway


  • Prerequisites to enter the program as a Level 1 certificate major include a high school diploma or GED. Entrance testing is not required. 
  • Students who do not have a high school diploma or GED may co-enroll as Level 1 certificate students and GED students through Adult Education and Literacy at Angelina College (936-633-4525). 
  • Students who have a high school diploma or GED may also enter the program as associate degree (AAS) students. TSI entrance scores are required.


Employers: Are you sponsoring an employee for training? Contact Lex Hernandez at lhernandez@angelina.edu to receive registration and general updates related to the automotive technology program at AC.

Students: Do you have questions about the automotive technology program? Contact Christina Bunge at chbunge@angelina.edu; 936-633-5289. Or, contact Mark Yarnall, lead instructor, at myarnall@angelina.edu.

If you would like to meet with an instructor (optional), contact Kelli Kirkpatrick at kkirkpatrick@angelina.edu or 936- 633-5447.        

*National Center for O*Net Development. Retrieved August 2023 from https://www.onetonline.org/link/localwages/49-3023.00?zip=75901

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