Program Overview

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Excel Automotive Institute is the only nonprofit organization providing automotive technician training in the District of Columbia, as well as the only NATEF-certified training provider. This means that Excel is the only facility in the District equipped to graduate fully-accredited automotive technicians, immediately ready for employment upon passing their exam. Six months after graduation, nearly 75% of alumni and alumnae find gainful employment in the high-demand, high-paying field of automotive technology.

Goal: Our goal is to prepare students for productive careers. Excel trains the underemployed and unemployed, who may have a High School Diploma or GED, but no workforce training, for jobs in the high-demand, high-paying, middle-skill field of automotive technology.

Program Schedule

Classes are scheduled during the day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Instructors

Excel’s full-time instructors are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified Master Automobile Technicians and our adjunct instructors must be ASE certified in a minimum of four (4) ASE areas and ASE certified in the area which they are providing training.

Curriculum

Excel uses ASE certified curriculum that provides the student with strong analytical skills as well as mathematics, reading, computer, and communication skills. Our curriculum supports students who are seeking Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) and Automotive Service Technician (AST) NATEF approved certification programs.

Tools

Excel utilizes state of the art diagnostic tools that are used by professional automotive technicians.

Method of Instruction

Excel’s Automotive Technology program is intensive training, using a blended learning method:  classroom instruction, computer reinforced, and hands-on.

Facilities

Excel’s automotive shop lab mirrors a typical auto repair shop environment

Certificates

Students who successfully complete their program of study will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Certifications

Excel's curriculum meets or exceeds the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation's (NATEF) standards as a condition of certification. The Excel Automotive Institute is certified to train students in accordance with the NATEF 2013 Automobile Accreditation Model:  “Maintenance & Light Repair” (MLR) and "Automobile Service Technology” (AST).

Job Prospects & Expected Salary

Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employers report that they are having difficulty finding workers with the right skills and education for the jobs they have available.  Job opportunities for those candidates with post-secondary training are very good. Jobs for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics are expected to grow by 9% from 2012 to 2022.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median average wage for entry level Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics is $36,610.

Fee Schedule

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Excel Automotive Institute 2019-2020 Fee Schedule

Fee Schedule

Hours

Cost

Maintenance & Light Repair

540

$11,880

Auto Tech Specialist I

340

$7,480

Auto Tech Specialist II

490

$10,780

Auto Tech Specialist III

755

$16,610

Auto Tech Master

970

$21,340

Automotive Service Consultants

Individual Course Content

Life Skills & Employment Skills

48

$1,056

Auto Tech Primer

60

$1,320

Introduction to Automotive Technology

110

$2,420

ASE Courses

Electrical & Electronics

230

$5,750

Steering & Suspension

95

$2,375

Engine Repair

120

$3,000

Brake Systems

105

$2,625

Heating & Air Conditioning

95

$2,375

Manual Drive & Transaxle

90

$2,250

Automatic Transmission

125

$3,125

Diesel Engines

90

$2,250

Service Consultant

220

$5,500

Parts Specialist

220

$5,500

Other Fees

Text Computer Access

$350.00

Uniform

$100.00

ASE Test (per test)

$75.00

Tech Tool Set - optional

$625.00