Automotive Technology

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The following five Program Certificate options are available: Apply for Certificate/AS Degree

  • Automotive Chassis Specialist 
  • Automotive Engine Service Specialist
  • Automotive Engine Performance Specialist
  • General Automotive Technician
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Specialist

Download our AutoTech brochure for more information on five of our certificates.

auto tech - Saddleback CollegeThe Automotive Technology programs are designed to prepare students for employment as Automotive Technicians. Students may also complete their Associate in Science requirements and prepare to transfer to a four-year college. Training is given in both theory and practical skills in the operation, maintenance, and repair of all types of automotive systems.

Black Charger on DynoExcellent opportunities exist in the automotive field for mechanically inclined, people-oriented men and women who like to solve problems. Entry-level Automotive Technician positions at dealerships and independent shops are plentiful for skilled, motivated graduates of Saddleback’s auto tech program.

Advancement to supervisory and management positions is possible for people with leadership abilities. Visit our Student Support page for career resources.

Related occupations include service manager, service advisor, motorcycle technician, and auto parts worker.

Bureau of Automotive RepairSee ONet Online for more automotive occupations.

Note: Co-operative work experience (CWE) internships are possible with local dealerships and independent shops.

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