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Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Program Overview

As the cars we drive become more efficient, streamlined, and technologically advanced, so too must the people who repair, maintain, and service those cars for a living. As computerized engine control systems now control modern vehicles' essential functions, yesterday's car mechanic has been replaced by today's automotive technician who has been fully trained to service these new and advanced automobiles.

The automotive industry is increasingly in need of qualified technicians – as technology increases, so too will the demand for those than can operate it. Columbia College's Automotive Technology program is nationally accredited with the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and will help you find gainful employment anywhere where cars are driven.

Career Training

At Columbia College, our staff are ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified, credentialed to teach by California, and are licensed by the state's Bureau of Automotive Repair. Our staff also has years of combined real-world experience in the industry, so you can rest assured that you'll be receiving the best education and preparation for a job in automotive tech.

Student Networking

Students are trained in basic servicing and repair techniques, including automatic transmission repair, clutch and manual transmission repair, drive lines and rear axle repair, automotive electricity fundamentals, smog control, air conditioning principles, fuel and ignition systems, suspensions and front-end alignment, and engine repair. A diverse program, students of all ages enroll in Automotive Technology to either start or further their professional career, or simply to increase their personal knowledge and save money by doing self-repairs.

Degrees Offered

See the current college catalog (available on campus or online) for course information on the following degrees:

Associate in Science – Occupational Education (ASOE)

  • Automotive Maintenance Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician


Certificate of Achievement (COA)

  • Automotive Maintenance Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Engine Performance
  • Under Vehicle Service

Skills Attainment Certificate (SAC)

  • Auto Body Repair
  • Automotive Technology for Entrepreneurs
  • Electrical Repair
  • Engine Repair