Automotive technicians help keep America rolling - literally.Their primary duty is to identify and repair problems with cars and trucks, but they also perform the general maintenance that keeps vehicles running in good condition. Technicians work in settings from independent repair shops to new car dealerships, and they can apply everything from a large, generalized knowledge of auto repair to specialized training specific to components such as brakes, transmissions, engines, electronics and air conditioning.

Employment Outlook

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) collects data about the state’s workforce. These data include information about the number of people employed in the field, job outlook, and wage information. The California EDD predicts for the period 2008-2018 demand for automotive service technicians to remain steady. With a significant number of automotive technicians reaching retirement age, most openings will be due to separations. For more detailed information about positions in the automotive technology field, check the California Occupational Guide for the occupations listed below:

  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics (SOC 49-3023)
  • Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers (SOC 49-1011)

Necessary Education and Skills for Career Success

Students and instructor work on an engine.All technicians should be able to read and understand repair manuals, to work according to set standards, and to learn new service and repair techniques in the ever-changing world of automotive design and technology. Technicians rely on a variety of tools and equipment to perform repairs, so access to and experience with these tools can greatly improve their chance at success. The particular tools required, as well as the knowledge applied by the automotive technician, will vary depending on the type of work performed.

General Info About the Program

De Anza College offers many certificate and degree programs, both during the day and at night to help individuals prepare for employment in automotive technology. The Automotive Technology building at De Anza is 10,000 square feet plus additional classrooms and outside areas. Lab areas include workstations with 15 lifts, a powertrain lab, a machine shop, a stationary engine lab, alignment stations, two dynamometers and specialized classrooms. De Anza College's Automotive Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

Automotive Technology Certificate and Degree Programs

Certificates of Achievement (evening program)

Certificates of Achievement-Advanced (evening program)

Associate Degrees (A.S.) (evening program)

Certificates of Achievement-Advanced (day program)

Associate Degrees (A.S.) (day program)

For more information contact the Automotive Technology Department
Business, Computer Science, and Applied Technologies Division
De Anza E14
(408) 864-8768

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