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Automotive Technician

Program Description

This program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in the automotive industry as apprentice mechanics, parts people, service station attendants or specialists in one of the many areas in, or jobs related to, the automotive industry.

Your New Skills

You will be introduced to the theory and practice of automotive repair and maintenance and you will study the vital parts of the internal combustion engine and power transmission. You will learn basic electrical concepts and you will practice testing, maintaining, adjusting and repairing batteries, alternators, starters, wiring and ignition systems as well as accessories. You will be shown methods of scientifically diagnosing automotive malfunctions and the techniques of troubleshooting. You will practice with special machines, instruments and oscilloscopes for examination of exhaust emissions, fuel and other systems.


There are upwards of 15,000 automotive mechanics employed in the San Francisco Bay Area, and there is a heavy demand for skilled mechanics who display a special pride in their craftsmanship. There will be many openings created in the next few years by mechanics who will retire. Opportunities exist among automobile and truck dealers, independent repair garages, vehicle fleet operations, many state, local and federal government agencies and service stations.

Go to your catalog to find the requirements to achieve the:

  • Associate in Science Degree
  • Certificate of Achievement