Today's automotive market is vast and diversified.
This has created a high demand for a new generation of automotive technicians.
We want to help you fulfill your dream and to fill that demand.

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Northeast Texas Community College

 

Our Program

Our curriculum is designed with one goal in mind - to prepare students for the workforce.
We offer both certificates and degrees to help you meet your individual career goals

Our classes and hands-on training will prepare students in the following areas:

Brakes

Operation and repair of drum/disc type brake systems. Topics include brake theory, diagnosis, and repair of power, manual, anti-lock brake systems and parking brake. Course material may be taught using manufacture-specific information.


Electrical/Electronic Systems

An overview of automotive electrical systems including topics in operational theory, testing, diagnosis, and repair of, charging and starting systems, and electrical accessories. Emphasis on electrical principles, schematic diagrams, and service manuals.


Engine Performance

Theory, operation, diagnosis of drivability concerns, and repair ignition and fuel delivery systems. Use of current engine performance diagnostic equipment. Course material may be taught using manufacturer-specific information.


Suspension & Steering

Diagnosis and repair of automotive suspension and steering systems including electronically-controlled systems. Includes component repair, alignment procedures, and tire and wheel service. Course material may be taught using manufacture-specific information.

Automatic Transmissions

A study of the operation, hydraulic circuits and electronic controls of modern automatic transmissions/transaxles. Diagnosis, disassembly, and assembly procedures with emphasis on the use of special tools and repair techniques. Course material may be taught using manufacturer specific information.

Engine Repair

A study of the procedure in building horse power in an engine. Topics include realistic power goals; cylinder block displacement; block preparation; blue printing; lubrication and oiling. Also included are cylinder design; air flow basics; cylinder head rebuilding and assembly; basic proting techniques; and flow bench testing.

Heating & Air Conditioning

Diagnosis and repair of manual/electronic climate control systems; includes the refrigeration cycle and EPA guidelines for refrigerant handling. Course material may be taught using manufacturer-specific information.




 

Manual Drive Train

A study of automotive clutches, clutch operation devices, manual transmissions/transaxles, and differentials with emphasis on diagnosis and repair. Course material may be taught using manufacturer-specific information.




 

Degree & Certificate Offerings

- Automotive Maintenance Specialist Level I

This certificate includes instruction in Theory of Automotive Technology, Suspension and Steering Systems, Engine Theory, Brake Systems Theory, Electrical Systems and Automotive Climate Control

- Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Level I

This certificate includes instruction in Theory of Automotive Technology, Suspension and Steering Systems, Engine Repair, Electrical Systems, Brake Systems, Climate Control Systems, Business Computer Applications or Integrated Software Applications and Technical and Business Writing

- Carroll Shelby Performance Academy Level I

This certificate includes instruction in Theory of Automotive Technology, Suspension and Steering Systems, Automotive Engine Repair, Automotive Electrical Systems, Automotive Brake Systems, Climate Control Systems, Engine Machining, Engine Performance Analysis Theory, Business Computer Applications or Integrated Software Applications, and Technical & Business Writing

- Carroll Shelby Automotive Service Technician Specialization Level 2

This certificate includes instruction in Introduction and Theory of Automotive Technology, Suspension and Steering Systems, Engine Repair, Electrical Systems, Brake Systems, Climate Control Systems, Engine Machining, Engine Performance Analysis Theory, Business Computer Applications or Integrated Software Applications and Technical and Business Writing

- Carroll Shelby Automotive Service Technician Specialization, A.A.S.

This degree includes instruction in Introduction and Theory of Automotive Technology, Suspension and Steering Systems, Engine Repair, Electrical Systems, Brake Systems, Climate Control Systems, Electrical Diagnosis & Repair, Drive Train and Axles, Automatic Transmission and Transaxle, Electronics Theory, Engine Performance Analysis, Advanced Emission Systems Diagnosis or Internship-Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician



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Shelby Auto Mission Statement:

We will train our students within the basics of automotive knowledge with input from our industry partners to prepare automotive technicians of the future.

Shelby Auto Strategic Initiatives (2016-17):
(1) Prepare students with basic automotive knowledge they will need to compete for entry level jobs within the automotive (performance) industry.
(2) We will work with our Industry partners to further automotive training locally regionally and nationally.
(3) We will work due diligently to honor the Carroll Shelby Legacy in all our endeavors.

 

Carroll Shelby on the Northeast Texas Campus.


Carroll Shelby's contributions to the automotive industry are legendary. Now, you can be trained at the only automotive technology program bearing the Shelby name. At NTCC, you will get the hands-on experience needed to achieve your career goals from a program supported and endorsed by one of the most respected names in the industry.
 

Meet the Shelby Team

Our faculty has years of experience working and teaching in the automotive industry.

Ron Luellen, Director

Ron Luellen

Director

rlullen@ntcc.edu - 903-434-8159

Luellen has 18+ years industry experience as engine technician with GMC and Caterpillar. Owned & operated his own successful diesel engine repair business. Completed his bachelor's in 2013 and Masters in 2014. Took over as Program Director of NTCC Shelby in 2016.

Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer

Instructor

rspencer@ntcc.edu - 903-434-8156

Spencer has more than 30 years of teaching experience in the automotive industry.

Tony Whitworth

Tony Whitworth

Instructor

twhitworth@ntcc.edu - 903-434-8180

Whitworth has 30+ years of industry experience. He has owned & operated a successful collision & repair facility. He also has an extensive background in the Indy Racing League & was crew member for AJ Foyt.

The Last Shelby

The Last Shelby

By: Dr. Jonathan McCullough, NTCC Vice President for Advancement

 

In 2007 I was fortunate (or lucky, or blessed) to meet one of the greatest "car minds" of all time, not to mention, one of the nicest guys I had ever met in my life, Carroll Shelby. After a very entertaining lunch that first day, he went straight to the heart of the matter and said he wanted to talk about the Automotive Program at NTCC. His exact words were "there are many young men and women who are stuck in dead end jobs. They went to work straight out of high school stocking shelves, digging ditches, etc., thinking they were making good money. Before too long they had a car payment, rent, utilities, and more. All of a sudden they found themselves ready to get married and start a family but they could not get out of this rut they had dug themselves into. I want to give those people the ability to get an education and learn a trade that will help them to get ahead!" His goal was to provide an opportunity for struggling students to get into college and send hard working, well-paid, mechanics back out into the community.

That day Mr. Shelby committed $50,000 per year to provide students with scholarships allowing them to achieve their dreams. In addition, he also contributed funds to create a position allowing the College to hire a Director of the new Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program at NTCC. He made additional cash contributions and purchases of equipment and supplies helping NTCC to enhance its offerings in the Automotive Program. To date, he and the Carroll Shelby Foundation have committed more than $700,000 to this project. However, after many trips to the College where Carroll would show up and surprise students by sitting in on their classes and letting them ask him questions, or he would walk through the garage and look under the hoods with them, he told me there was something missing. Mr. Shelby said we needed a "car" that could be the face of the program. Something to take to local high schools, car shows, parades, etc., that would bring attention to the opportunities made available to students who could become certified mechanics.

He had a "certain" car in mind and he personally searched for it for more than two years. In March of 2011, he called me on the phone to let me know that he had found THE car. He told me he personally bought it and was having it shipped to NTCC that week. THE car, a 1968 Shelby GT350H, arrived on our campus a few days later. At that time it was solid maroon (without the stripes) and needed a little bit of body work. However, the person delivering the car jumped up on the trailer, started it right up, and drove it into our garage.

Mr. Shelby came by later to look it over and told me we needed to take our time and restore it back to its original condition. He said this was what he had been searching for and when he found it he knew this was this is a titleTHE car he wanted as the face of the Carroll Shelby Autotomotive Program at NTCC. He sat inside it and cranked the engine up and said "this is one of the sweetest sounds I have ever heard". This was Carroll's last visit to our College. He passed away a few months later, but his legacy will live forever. However, the picture of him sitting in this Cobra that day and listening to the roar of the engine is priceless, as is the story behind The Last Shelby.

 

 

 

Carroll Shelby Automotive Program
2886 FM 1735, Chapel Hill Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, TX 75455
PH# 903-434-8159
shelbyinfo@ntcc.edu

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