Two students looking under the hood of a car with a flashlight to diagnose a problem


Ward Taylor
Newton (Building 4), room 144
919-536-7200, ext. 8147

* This program is financial aid eligible.

Automotive Systems Technology

Long Term

The Automotive Systems Technology program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles. Includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air condition systems.

Graduates of this pathway should be prepared to take professional licensure exams and to enter careers as entry-level technicians in the transportation industry.

This hands-on program helps a student develop technical and manual skills through class assignments, discussions, and practical lab experiences in the clean and well-equipped automotive shop at Durham Tech. Day classes are offered in the Automotive Systems Technology program; and students may take evening classes to complete certificate options in Chassis Servicing and Engine Performance.

National Institute for Automotive Service ExcellenceThe Automotive Systems Technology program is accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Job demand is very high for the Durham-Chapel Hill region and is reflected in above average salaries. Nearly 100% of graduates find immediate employment upon completing the program.

View the video on CBS-17 about how the program is expanding!

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


Main Campus

Minimum Credit Hours


First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
TRN-120 Basic Transportation Electricity 5
MAT-110 Mathematical Measurement and Literacy 3
TRN-110 Introduction to Transport Technology 2

Suggested Paths

Student in automotive garage on main campus.

“My experience here has been amazing. The program doesn’t just teach you cars, it teaches you time management, diagnostic thinking, and troubleshooting, which you can apply to all areas of your life. The teachers are also amazing, they will help you with anything you need.”

—Brendan Sanders