An instructor in the Automotive Systems Technology program uses right hand to indicate length for a for a group of eight Durham Tech students.


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

Plan of Study

(Courses by Semester)

Automotive Systems Technology - Machining Certificate

Short Term

Students can earn a Machining Certificate in one semester while learning critical measurement and basic engine repair skills.

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-116 Engine Repair 3
MAC-141 Machining Applications I 4
TRN-110 Introduction to Transport Technology 2
TRN-120 Basic Transportation Electricity 5

Suggested Paths

Student standing in automotive garage on main campus.

“It’s amazing that you can create your own parts for a car in the machining program. Before I always thought about the electrical and mechanical side of automotive, but now I realize I can pursue a career in design. It’s not an area you hear a lot about, but it’s so widely used.”

—Collisa Dawson