The Automotive Technology Program is firmly committed to producing outstanding entry-level automotive technicians that have a strong background in the fundamentals of automotive repair. The demand for technicians is increasing as alternate fuel technology, hybrid automotive technology, and more complex electronic systems becomes standard in the automotive industry. This program is NATEF certified, and completion of ASE test are stressed.
The number of students completing the required courses to receive these certificates continues to grow steadily. Various sections are offered covering the required courses in the above certificates are offered each semester, with Engine Performance Technician courses in the Fall semester alternating with Powertrain Technician courses in the Spring semester. Elective courses include the State of California Bureau of Automotive Repair Smog Check Technician courses required to apply for the State Smog Check Technician's License usually offered during the winter intersession. The average enrollment for each section is twenty-two students. Three full time instructors, a lab technician, and three adjunct instructors, make up the staff. The Automotive Laboratory is open to only students in the program to ensure that ASE tasks are completed to comply with NATEF standards. The Automotive Technology Program is dependent on the Welding, Machine Shop, English, and Electronics programs for courses which are included within specific Certificates of Achievement.