Why Choose Automotive Technology?

The major in Automotive Technology is designed to develop a strong base of knowledge and skills that will serve as a foundation for further study and/or pursuit of a career. Students will gain an appreciation of the environment and safety for themselves, others, and our community. Students will gain skills and knowledge in the area of their concentration.

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Automotive Dealer Technology

Upon successful completion of this certificate, in partnership with the sponsoring dealership, students demonstrate skills necessary to work as a fully trained dealer technician.

Students will meet and exceed the requirements of training in all eight ASE areas: engine repair, automatic transmissions/transaxles, manual drive transaxles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronics, engine performance, and air conditioning. Students may also receive certification required for air conditioning repair and training for the California Headlamp Adjusters license. This program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) in association with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). This program is also certified by the California Department of Consumer Affairs/Bureau of Automotive Repair (DCA/BAR) to deliver the Level 1 and Level 2 Clean Air Car Course.

Automotive Master Technician

Students demonstrate technical competence in automotive repair by successfully completing a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation certified course of training within the eight specific related areas. Students will demonstrate repair order writing skills to meet Department of Consumer Affairs/Bureau of Automotive Repair requirements. This program is certified by NATEF in association with ASE.

Automotive Mechanics Technology

Students will demonstrate the skill set to diagnose and repair automotive electronic control systems, automotive suspension systems, hydraulic systems and mechanical problems on gasoline and diesel type engines. Students will demonstrate a high level of skill, including ASE technician competence in areas including service managers, shop owners of specialty shops, and major automotive corporation employees. The program is accredited by NATEF and certified in five ASE areas.

What are the degree and certificate options

Degrees

  • Associate in Science, Automotive Technology

Certificates

  • Certificate, Automotive Dealer Technician
  • Certificate, Automotive Lubrication Technician
  • Certificate, Automotive Master Technician
  • Certificate, Automotive Mechanics Technology

For Degree and Certificate requirements, please visit the College Catalog.

What can I do with my degree or certificate?

Upon completion of the Automotive Dealer Technician Certificate, students will demonstrate skills, knowledge, and training for career opportunities that are available at automotive dealerships such as Automotive Technician, Service Advisor, Service Manager or Corporate Employee.

Upon completion of the Automotive Master Technician Certificate, students will demonstrate skills, knowledge, and training for career opportunities at dealerships, independent repair shops, test only stations, and public agencies including Automotive Technician, Service Advisor, Service Manager, Engine Repair Technician, Automotive Transmission Technician, Transmission Technician, Alignment/Suspension Specialist, Brake Specialist, Electrical Technician, Engine Performance Driveability Technician, Auto Air Conditioning and Heating Technician, Smog Check Test and Repair Technician, Tune Up Technician or Installer.

Upon completion of the Automotive Mechanics Technology Certificate, students will demonstrate the skills necessary to work as service managers, shop owners of specialty shops, and as a major automotive corporation employee.

Consumer Information & Cost

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