A Durham Tech student uses two hands on a wrench to remove an oil cap while an automotive program instructor points to the bolt.


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

Plan of Study

(Courses by Semester)
* This program is financial aid eligible.

Automotive Systems Technology - Drivetrain Certificate

Short Term

Students can earn their Drivetrain Certificate in two semesters. Coursework covers operation, diagnosis, and repair of manual transmissions/transaxles, clutches, driveshafts, axles, and final drives.

Graduates are prepared to enter careers as entry-level technicians in the transportation industry.

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.

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Spring Application Deadline is Jan 02

Estimated Tuition & Fees



Main Campus

Credit Hours


First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
AUT-114 Safety and Emissions 2
TRN-110 Introduction to Transport Technology 2
TRN-120 Basic Transportation Electricity 5

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Student standing in automotive garage on main campus.

“The automotive program at Durham Tech is really fun. You get to learn a lot of new things before entering the workforce and the instructors are really great and knowledgeable. This program will help me get the job I want.”

—Kevin Fuentes