If you have been searching for a career where you can make a living working with your hands, your search is over. The Automotive Technology Program, certified by the National Automotive Educational Technician Foundation (NATEF), is prepared to deliver the best training available.
All full-time automotive instructors are Master ASE Certified or above, ready to pass on their knowledge and experience to new students. For those already in the field, we offer courses that will upgrade your skills to meet the latest standards in today’s market. Our program will equip you with the proficiency needed to make a long-term career in the competitive job environment of the automotive industry.
The Automotive Technology Program is certified by the National Automotive Educational Technician Foundation (NATEF). The program is supported by the Central Valley New Car Dealership Association (CVNCDA), is a member of Professional Automotive Training Centers (PATC), and has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nissan of North America. All full-time automotive instructors are Master ASE Certified or above.
The Automotive Technology Program is Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified in the following areas: Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission/ Transaxles, Manual Drivetrains & Axles, Suspension/Steering, Brakes, Electric/Electronic Systems, Heating/Air Conditioning, and Engine Performance.
There is no public link to State licensure examination pass rates for Automotive Emission Control, Automotive Lighting Systems, and Automotive Brake Systems. Contact the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) Licensing Unit at (916) 255-3145 or visit the BAR web site for general information.
The Automotive Technology Curriculum is designed (1) to prepare students to become competent technicians and gain employment in the automotive industry at the completion of the program and (2) to upgrade skills of those already in the field.
A.A. and A.S. degrees as well as certificates can be earned in the automotive field. The certificate programs do not satisfy A.A./A.S. degree requirements but do qualify students for certificates in the field of study.
Local Employment Opportunities — $18.00 per hour Average Starting Wage — Saturday Classes Beginning Spring 2017
Auto 31 (81 hours) training for meeting BAR Level 1 towards Inspector License (EO), learning fundamental knowledge of engine and emission control theory, design and operation. Successful completion meets the first step of BAR training requirements for inexperienced or minimally experienced candidates for the Smog Check Inspector license.
Auto 34 (29 hours) training in procedural knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform Smog Check Inspections. Successful completion meets the BAR Level 2 training requirements necessary to take the California BAR Smog Check Inspector (EO) License examination.
Auto 31 and Auto 34 can be completed within one semester
Successful completion of the curriculum in Automotive Analysis qualifies students for entry-level positions in the various areas of automotive technology, and provides them with an overview for selecting specific areas for further training and education.
The Automotive Technology certificate program is designed to qualify students for specialized positions in automotive repair and related industries and to upgrade the skills of technicians already in the field. The program also includes the Master Automotive Technician Certificate, which certifies competence in all areas of conventional automotive repair and maintenance.
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The Automotive Technology program offers courses designed for mechanics who want to apply for a new license, or renew a license, in the areas of emission control, lighting, and brake systems.