June 5, 2023

Coastal Bend College

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Automotive Technology at Coastal Bend College

Working on today’s automobiles requires an understanding in the science and technology that goes into the modern, highly-sophisticated automobile. At Coastal Bend College students spend time in the classroom and then apply what they’ve learned to actual shop projects. Our facilities include modern tools and diagnostic equipment in step with many of today’s successful shops. Basic Engine Management Systems, Drivability Diagnostics, Drivetrain Systems and Chassis are all areas that the student will study.

The program will prepare students to pursue entry-level employment opportunities at as an automotive technician at car dealerships, independent automotive shops, service centers, fleet maintenance departments or directly into their own business. As new makes and models continue arrive on the market, so does the need for qualified technicians to repair and maintain these new technologies, parts and intricate systems. Students will develop a knowledge of the automotive maintenance profession and associated industries through learning objectives designed to both to expose and engage the student in the theory and practices of various classifications and styles of automotive maintenance. Classroom and automotive lab instruction is combined with critical thinking exercises, practical skills practice, and demonstration. The student will receive instructional curriculum that emulates the standards of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Program Cost & Highlights:

  • A one to two-year program with hands on experience working in the automotive lab.
  • Course content focuses on all aspects of the automotive industry such as basic maintenance, diagnostics and repairs
  • In addition to tuition and fees, students also invest about $300-$500 for course/lab fees and course materials
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify

Career Outlook:

  • Median hourly wage in the Coastal Bend region is $19.82, and the median annual wage is $39,550*
  • Employers that have hired our program graduates include O’Reilly Auto Parts, Dave Moore Ford and Aztec Chevrolet
  • Students are provided with real world experience when they provide inspections for vehicles participating in the Texas Mile and when they perform services on vehicles at the automotive shop on campus
  • Jobs in the automotive industry are expected to grow by 6% from now through 2022

*Data obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Corpus Christi region, 2018.


Associate of Applied Science- Automotive Technology

Certificate Level I- Automotive (30 hours)

Certificate Level I- Fundamental of Automotive Technology (18 hours)

Certificate Level II- Automotive (45 hours)

Occupational Skills Award- Automotive Technology (12 hours)