Students learn to diagnose malfunctions and perform proper vehicle repairs. Offering ‘hands-on” learning, students train in high-tech equipment, training aids, lab vehicles, and also service customer cars. Students fill repair orders following the guide for the Automotive Repair Dealers “Write It Right,” which includes the three C’s (Concern, Cause, and Correction). The Automotive Technology Program curriculum is flexible and accommodates students during either fall or spring semesters. Students also can gain work experience in automotive repair shops or dealerships while attending classes. Programs and instructors are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The Automotive Technology Program is certified by the State of California Bureau of Automotive Repair to teach Smog-Check licensing courses.
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WHAT ARE MY ACADEMIC OPTIONS?
- Certificate – Automatic Transmission Specialist
- Certificate – Automotive Service Advisor
- Certificate – Automotive Maintenance Skills
- Certificate – Automotive Light Repair Specialist
- Certificate -Automotive Fabrication Specialist
- Associate in Science Degree – Automotive Technology
- Certificate – Automotive Chassis Specialist
- Certificate – Automotive Management
- Certificate – Automotive Technology
- Certificate – Automotive Emission Control Specialist
- Certificate – Automotive Engine Performance Specialist
- Certificate – Automotive Manual Drive Train Specialist
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).
Costs may vary; please visit website for more information: http://admissions.fullcoll.edu/fees-refunds/.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full-time or part-time.
WHAT TYPES OF JOBS ARE IN THIS INDUSTRY AND WHAT DO THEY PAY?
For information on jobs in this industry sector and their median annual salaries visit: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Career opportunities include:
- Automotive Specialist Technician
- Automotive Parts Sales
- Automotive Body and Related Repairers
- Automotive Sales Representative
- Automotive Master Mechanic
WHERE DO STUDENTS WORK?
Students with a degree or certificate from the Automotive Technology Department can find employment in an auto repair shop or at a dealership, independent garages, and specialty shops all over Southern California. Many program graduates are now shop owners, managers, auto teachers, and manufacturer’s service representatives.
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