Thinking about going to automotive school? It's best if you start out with an interest in cars, coupled with skills in minor repairs and maintenance. If you have these qualities, then strengthening it with formal automotive training would gear you up for a wide array of available automotive-related jobs out there. Some of the career tracks you could aim for range from car and parts sales, to mechanics, automotive design and engineering, manufacturing, and even race car driving and maintenance.
If you're aspiring to receive auto training, it's good to aim for the best. Here is a listing of some of the best auto colleges in the US (in no particular order):
- Lincoln Technical Institute - Lincoln Tech, with branches located all over the US (such as in Maryland, Indiana, Illinois and Philadelphia) has had over 60 years of experience in training students in automotive repair and technology. It boasts of a highly focused, career-oriented curriculum, including the BMW STEP (Service Technician Education Program, offered in the Maryland branch). Availability of specialized courses depend on the specific branch; for example, the Lincoln Tech division located in Indianapolis offers programs in collision repair and refinishing, diesel and truck technology and automotive service, while the Union, New Jersey division focuses on automotive technology.
- Universal Technical Institute - Universal Technical Institute has nine different campus locations all over the United States (including Arizona, California, North Carolina and Pennsylvania). It boasts of strong industry connections, manifested by its elective programs that focus on manufacturer-specific automotive training (such as the BMW Fast Track, Toyota Professional Automotive Training, and Ford Accelerated Credential Training). It also offers different core automotive technology programs, diesel technology, and collision repair and refinishing technology. One of UTI's campuses is the Nascar Technical Institute (NTI) in North Carolina. NTI offers courses in engine construction, body and chassis fabrication and framework for racing industry studies. It also offers a NASCAR Pit Crew training program.
- College of Automotive Management (Cam's) - Cam's is a vocational school with accelerated training environments. Its auto college programs could be a good option for those who want to seek further training to gain career advancement. Programs could run for as short as one to five weeks. It highly prioritizes giving job placement aids to its graduates, and many alumni have gained employment in major corporations. Its offered automotive programs include a certification in automotive finance and insurance management and a one-week automotive sales and dealership program. Costs for training would run at more than $5,000 to about $12,000 though scholarships and financial aid options are available.
- Arizona Automotive Institute - AAI is an automotive mechanic school and repair school that offers programs in automotive service technology with training in such areas as fuel and ignition systems, brakes, steering and suspension systems, and relevant electrical and computerized processes; diesel and heavy truck technology; air conditioning, heating and refrigeration; and combination welding.
There you have it! These are just some of the automobile schools in the US that could gear you up for a successful career in the automotive industry. Note that there are so many others out there (such as the Chelmsford Auto School in Chelmsford, Mass., and even the Bell Driving School in New York) so you should spend time looking for one that would be best suited for your situation and preference. Good luck!