Automotive Technology

The automotive industry is increasingly in need of qualified technicians – as technology increases, so too will the demand for those that can operate it. Columbia College's Automotive Technology program is aligned with the national ASE Automotive Education Foundation to empower you with valuable up to date and real-world skills in obtaining employment anywhere cars are driven.

Core Automotive Technology classes include:

  • Engine Performance
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Automotive Braking Systems
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Manual Power Trains and Axles
  • Automotive Electrics
  • Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
  • Engine Repair
  • Work Experience in Automotive Technology

Related electives include:

  • Automotive Electrics
  • Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
  • Work Experience in Automotive Technology
  • Smog Check Inspector and Repair License Training

Automotive Technology Majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:

At the Certificate Level:
At the Associate's Level:
At the Bachelors Level or Beyond:
Automotive Technician Shop Foreman Dealership Manager
Service Writer Service Manager Consultant
Warranty Adjuster Smog Technician Teacher/Professor
Dealership Technician Master Technician Automotive Corporation Representative


Students successfully completing the Associate Degree have a solid foundation for pursuing a career and/or further education in Automotive or a related field. To transfer to a university to pursue a bachelor's degree, please see a  counselor  for your best major preparation and general education pattern for your specific goals.

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