Specialized Training Programs

Receive advanced training from the creators of the world’s most respected automotive brands. Students enrolled in Lincoln’s Automotive training programs have the opportunity to take their studies to the next level, and learn from industry pros! These opportunities are made possible through alliances with participating automotive manufacturers and with third-party training organizations.

BMW North America – Manufacturing Training Program: BMW STEP
THE BMW Service Technician Education Program offered at Lincoln’s Grand Prairie campus gives students in Lincoln’s Automotive Technology program the opportunity to undergo the same intensive training that BMW Master Technicians receive. Plus, it enables students to receive two years of credit towards the manufacturer’s five-year Master Technician requirement. 

BMW STEP Level I Program is the original service Technician Education Program. It is a BMW-funded, six-month program for top-level technical school graduates. If accepted into STEP, students will be trained by BMW-trained instructors in courses specific to BMW, MINI and Motorrad.

About the program

  • Students who are considering STEP must maintain a GPA of at least 3.5, hold an excellent driving record and have at least a 97% attendance record.
  • Students must apply within two months of completing a Lincoln Automotive Technology program.
  • With the assistance of Lincoln’s Career Services team, students can apply for careers at BMW dealerships.
  • Students who successfully complete the program can find themselves in the fast lane of a rewarding, exciting career with one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. 
  • This program is currently offered at our Lincoln College of Technology campus in Grand Prairie, Texas

For more details about this great opportunity from BMW, speak to your local Lincoln Admissions representative.

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) & National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NATEF)
Many of Lincoln’s Automotive programs are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NATEF). NATEF's mission is to improve automotive technology education by accrediting programs via a peer evaluation. In addition, many of Lincoln's instructors are certified by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), which was established in 1972 by the automotive industry to improve the quality of auto repair and service through testing and certification. 

Many Lincoln campuses undergo the extensive, on-site, peer NATEF review process conducted by an independent evaluation team. Programs at locations that meet compliance in all areas are awarded Master Certification. For a listing of Lincoln locations that are NATEF accredited, visit www.natef.org.

The curriculum covered in any of Lincoln’s NATEF certified Automotive Technology programs will satisfactorily prepare students to sit for their ASE certification exams. This means when students graduate, they will have a head start on an awesome career! These credentials are invaluable in the industry and with time, students can acquire the experience necessary to become a Master Technician. 

I-CAR
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference for Auto Collision Repair, is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to training the collision inter-industry. Formed by the collision repair industry in 1979, all I-CAR activities, programs, services and resources focus on supporting the auto collision repair industry to achieve a high level of technical knowledge through access to training.

In addition to developing and delivering technical training programs to professionals in all areas of the collision repair industry, I-CAR provides a forum for dialogue around issues of proper collision repair. I-CAR’s training reaches a broad base of students who learn the latest methods of efficient, high quality repair in six inter-industry market segments.

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