The work of automotive technicians has evolved dramatically during the past two decades. You'll learn to troubleshoot, diagnose, identify parts, repair components, and service vehicles equipped with hybrid drivetrains, active suspensions, satellite guidance systems and computer controlled engines, multi-speed automatic transmissions, 4-wheel drive systems.
We've designed the automotive laboratory at TJC West to operate similarly to an actual automotive repair business. You'll hone your skills as a valuable team member while working on a fleet of 40 late model vehicles, including eight hybrids and three diesels. Students are encouraged to work on their own vehicles as well.
Job opportunities are very good as some employers report difficulty finding workers with the right skills and education, especially in alternative fuel or computer systems. Twelve automotive shops in Tyler – including all dealerships – seek out technicians from the TJC Automotive Technology program.
Technicians are needed everywhere, so you can choose where you want to live and work. Earnings locally range from $19,100 to $58,500 annually and are higher in other parts of the country.
By majoring in Automotive Technology – or our variety of certificate programs – you'll have a valuable skill that you can take with you anywhere in the world.
Automotive Technology (AAS)
TJC will provide the state-of-the-art training and intensive hands-on experience you will need to become a successful, highly effective automotive technician.
Engine Performance (Certificate)
In keeping with the highly technical vehicles of today, TJC’s Engine Performance certificate program offers lab facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and ASE certified instructors with real-world experience in the operations of various automotive dealerships. Please see an academic advisor, program professor, or the department chair for details on this program.
Chassis and Drive Train (Certificate)
TJC’s Chassis and Drive Train certificate program provides you with up-to-date specialty training in many high-performance applications of diesel and automotive upgrades.
Automotive Tech Faculty
Faculty in the Automotive Technology program provide a wealth of experience and know-how to lead you down a fulfilling career path with the tools you need to succeed. Our faculty are factory-trained and ASE Master Certified in the latest automotive technology. We're a Licensed FCA Local Facility, a member of the National Coalition of Certification Centers, and one of the first 18 schools in the CAP program.
Who We Are
- John Wakeham, Professor - Automotive Technology
- Larry Allbritton, Tool Room Inventory Control Specialist - Automotive Technolog
- David Briscoe, Professor - Automotive Technology/High School Coordinator
- Chevy Sturgill, Professor - Automotive Technology
- Kirby Cotter, Professor - Automotive Technology
- Bryan Baker, Professor/Department Chair of Welding Technology; Department Chair of Automotive Technology
- Todd Perry, Professor/Coordinator - Automotive Technology
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