Brookdale Community College has announced the launch of the Toyota Technician Education College Support (TECS) Elite program, a focused automotive technology option now available for Spring Semester registration, that will prepare students for in-demand careers in the automotive industry.

This new program will prepare students to be certified technicians at Toyota and Lexus dealerships, emphasizing maintenance-level services.

For motivated students pursuing the AAS program, the AUTO101-001TL course is Toyota-focused. It includes Toyota Web-based training as an essential part of the curriculum. Classes have hands-on experience with automatic and manual transmissions, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning systems, steering and suspension, engine performance, and more.

“This program puts students on the first rung of the Toyota training ladder in one semester, said Ivan Anderson, department chairman and assistant professor of Automotive Technology. “Toyota can hire them at the end of the first semester, and that dealer will work around the students’ schedule as they move through the rest of the Brookdale AAS degree.”

The TECS Elite program develops and places factory-certified technicians in challenging and rewarding jobs that can advance to higher-paying careers such as service management, manufacturing, corporate representation, and fieldwork. 

Additionally, trained automotive technicians are in great demand. Once students complete the program, they can apply for open service technician positions at Toyota or Lexus dealerships or any automotive service operation, including independent service and repair shops across the country.

There are only 22 spots available for course AUTO101-001TL, taught by Erich Lindauer. To register, interested students must contact Ryan Marlowe,, or Ivan Anderson Go to the website for more information about Brookdale’s Automotive Technology Programs.