TSTC is committed to providing highly specialized and advanced technical education that can lead to great career opportunities. We currently offer over 100 certificate and degree programs state-wide.

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TSTC students come from more than 100 counties across the state. They arrive right out of high school, transfer from other colleges or from the workforce.

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While we are proud that TSTC's education is affordable and a high return on your investment, we realize financial aid is the only option for some students.

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At TSTC we understand your ultimate goal is a career you're passionate about and will make you the money you want to enjoy your life! Our goal is to help you be successful.

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TSTC has been providing top-quality, career-driven education for Texans for close to 50 years. The college is nationally recognized for the number and quality of our technology graduates.

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Automotive Technology

Thank you for your interest in the Automotive Technology program at Texas State Technical College Harlingen. As a student at TSTC Harlingen, you will be awarded endless opportunities to fulfill your educational goals. TSTC students enjoy a hands-on learning environment that promotes continued educational growth.

TSTC is constantly evolving and providing programs to compete with the specialized fields of the working world. TSTC Harlingen offers Certificates of Completion in Automotive Mechanic, Automotive Technician, and Ford Maintenance & Light Repair. In addition, the program offers Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Automotive Technology. Graduates of the program can have career opportunities that offer a sense of responsibility, personal growth, achievement and financial reward.


The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certifies our department and our faculty constantly evaluates the program to seek improvements based upon industry developments.

In our classrooms and laboratories, you will acquire skills to carefully diagnose motor vehicle problems – including use of computerized systems – to complete repairs that guarantee the safe operation of cars and small trucks. You will gain confidence while becoming familiar with all parts, and related functions, of motor vehicles. That includes the engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, electrical system, differential, the latest computer parts, and all their components. Students often spend 25 percent of the course time receiving lectures and 75 percent of the course time undergoing hands-on training in the shop. Major automobile manufacturing corporations have donated new cars and trucks to our program, enabling students and faculty to work with the latest equipment.

Career opportunities within the program vary between options and I encourage you to visit the program and find out which choice is right for you. TSTC can provide you with the knowledge to achieve your goals. For more information or to schedule a tour, I encourage you to contact the Automotive Technology program at 956.364.4661 or the TSTC College Information Office at 956.364.4117.

I look forward to meeting you soon.

Enrique Ramirez

Program Chair