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The Automotive Technology Program at the Indian Valley Campus in Novato is recognized as one of the top programs in the State.

Career Options

  • General Automotive Technician
  • Specialized Automotive Technician
  • Parts Sales
  • Service Manager
  • Private Business Owner
  • Automotive Instructor/Trainer
  • Factory Service Representative

Salary Range

  • Starting Salary: $18,000 to $32,000
  • Top Salary: $45,000 to $65,000+

Employment Forcast

  • California Outlook: By 2012 – 92,400 automotive technicians are projected to be employed with 20,2000 openings due to separations and 16,600 openings due to growth.
  • National Outlook: 919,000 automotive technicians are projected to be employed by 2012, with 101,000 new positions.
  • Teaching Careers / Industrial Trainers: There is a large shortage of qualified candidates.

Personal Characteristics

  • An interest in mechanical things.
  • An ability to do precise work with tools, instruments or equipment and computers.
  • Average ability to understand and read repair manuals, to learn repair techniques.
  • Ability to make decisions based on tests and facts known about a particular automobile and follow procedures.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Observe the quality of work and parts; and see detail in objects and different shapes.
  • Ability to move often from one task to another using a variety of skills.
  • Ability to write legibly and the ability to use basic math skills.
  • Good physical condition, average use of hands and fingers.

 

Scholastic Options

  • Seven specialized Skills Certificates
  • Four Career Certificate
  • Associate of Science in Automotive Technology
  • Transfer to CSU in Industrial Technology

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Skills Certificate

Automotive Service Advisor Skills Certificate

Course Title & Number Description Units

CIS 110

Introduction to Computer Information Systems

3

BUS 144

Business Communication

3

AUTO 110

Introduction to Automotive Maintenance

3

AUTO 111

Automotive Maintenance – Intermediate

3

AUTO 95

Applied Automotive Math

1

 

Total Units Required

13

Engine Repair Skills Certificate

Course Title & Number Description Units

AUTO 112

Automotive Engines

4

AUTO 113

Specialized Electronic Training

5

AUTO 249A*

Directed Study - Fieldwork

1

AUTO 95

Applied Automotive Math

1

 

Total Units Required

11

* Each section of AUTO 249A may be applied to only one Skills Certificate.

Brakes & Suspension Skills Certificate

Course Title & Number Description Units

AUTO 113

Specialized Electronic Training

5

AUTO 118

Brakes, Alignment and Suspension

6

AUTO 249A*

Directed Study - Fieldwork

1

AUTO 95

Applied Automotive Math

1

 

Total Units Required

13

* Each section of AUTO 249A may be applied to only one Skills Certificate.

Drive Trains Skills Certificate

Course Title  & Number Description Units
AUTO 113 Specialized Electronic Training 5
AUTO 232 Automatic Transmission/Transaxles 4
AUTO 233 Manual Drive Trains & Axles 4
AUTO 249A* Directed Study – Fieldwork 1
AUTO 95 Applied Automotive Math 1
  Total Units Required 15

* Each section of AUTO 249A may be applied to only one Skills Certificate.

Heating and Air Conditioning Skills Certificate

Course Title  & Number Description Units
AUTO 113 Specialized Electronic Training 5
AUTO 235 Automotive Air Conditioning 2.5
AUTO 249A* Directed Study – Fieldwork 1
AUTO 95 Applied Automotive Math 1
  Total Units Required 9.5

* Each section of AUTO 249A may be applied to only one Skills Certificate.

Electrical / Performance Skills Certificate

Course Title & Number Description Units
  Select 17 Units from the following courses  
AUTO 113 Specialized Electronic Training 5
AUTO 116 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AUTO 228 Automotive Computer Systems 4
AUTO 229 Automotive Systems, Troubleshooting & Diagnosis 4
AUTO 249A* Directed Study – Fieldwork 1
AUTO 281 Electrical & Electronic Systems Training 2
AUTO 283 Engine Performance Diagnosis & Repair 2
 AUTO 285 Advanced Engine Performance/ Emissions 2
AUTO 95 Applied Automotive Math 1
 

Total Units Required

17

* Each section of AUTO 249A may be applied to only one Skills Certificate.

Emissions Skills Certificate

Course Title & Number Description Units
AUTO 238 Basic Area Clean Air Car Course 3.5
AUTO 240 Enhanced Area Clean Air Car Course 1
AUTO 281 Electrical & Electronic System Training 2
AUTO 283 Engine Performance Diagnosis & Repair 2
AUTO 285 Advanced Engine Performance / Emissions 2
AUTO 249A* Directed Study – Fieldwork 2
  Total Units Required 12.5

* Each section of AUTO 249A may be applied to only one Skills Certificate.

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Career Certificates

Master Repair Career Certificate

Course Title & Number Description Units
AUTO 112 Automotive Engines 4
AUTO 113 Specialized Electronic Training 4
AUTO 114 Basic Fuel Systems 4
AUTO 116 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AUTO 118 Brakes, Alignment & Suspension 6
AUTO 225 Automotive Careers & Customer Relations 2
AUTO 228 Automotive Computer Controls 4
AUTO 229 Automotive Systems, Troubleshooting & Diagnosis 4
AUTO 232 Manual Drive Trains and Axles 4
AUTO 233 Automatic Transmissions / Transaxles 4
AUTO 235 Automotive Air Conditioning 2.5
AUTO 238 Basic Area Clean Air Car Course 3.5
AUTO 240 Enhanced Area Clean Air Car Course 1
AUTO 249A Directed Study – Fieldwork 4
AUTO 95* Applied Automotive Math 1
MACH 120 Machine Technology I 3
MACH 130 Welding I 2
  Total Units Required 59

* Applied Toward the Career Certificate only.

This Career Certificate signifies to employers that the student has completed comprehensive training in skill areas where upon employment the student will enter the workforce with the equivalency of 2 years of a formal apprenticeship program. 

Electrical / Performance Career Certificate / Associate of Science

Course Title & Number Description Units
  Select 29.5 Units from the following courses  
AUTO 113 Specialized Electronic Training 5
AUTO 114 Basic Fuel Systems 4
AUTO 116 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AUTO 225 Automotive Careers and Customer Relations 2
AUTO 228 Automotive Computer Systems 4
AUTO 229 Automotive Systems, Troubleshooting & Diagnosis 4
AUTO 235 Automotive Air Conditioning 2.5
AUTO 249A Directed Study – Fieldwork 2
AUTO 281 Electrical & Electronic Systems Training 2
AUTO 283 Engine Performance Diagnosis & Repair 2
 AUTO 285 Advanced Engine Performance / Emissions 2
AUTO 95* Applied Automotive Math 1
 

Total Units Required

29.5

* Applied Toward the Career Certificate only.

Electrical/Performance Career Certificate: This career path is designed to prepare students to enter the automotive service repair industry at least the second year apprenticeship level.

Emissions / Performance Career Certificate / Associate of Science

Course Title & Number Description Units
AUTO 114 Basic Fuel Systems 4
AUTO 225 Automotive Careers and Customer Relations 2
AUTO 235 Automotive Air Conditioning 2.5
AUTO 238 Basic Area Clean Air Car Course 3.5
AUTO 240 Enhanced Area Clean Air Car Course 1
AUTO 281          Electrical & Electronic System Training 2
AUTO 283 Engine Performance Diagnosis & Repair 2
AUTO 285 Advanced Engine Performance / Emissions 2
AUTO 229 Automotive Systems, Troubleshooting & Diagnosis 4
AUTO 249A Directed Study – Fieldwork 2
AUTO 95* Applied Automotive Math 1
  Total Units Required 26

* Applied Toward the Career Certificate only.

Electrical/Emission Career Certificate: This career path is designed to prepare students to enter the automotive service repair industry at least the second year apprenticeship level.   In addition the courses are required by the Bureau of Automotive Repair to meet the educational requirement to be eligible to take the test to become an Advanced Emission Specialist Smog Technician.

Chassis Repair Career Certificate / Associate of Science

Course Title & Number Description Units
AUTO 112 Automotive Engines 4
AUTO 113 Specialized Electronic Training 5
AUTO 118 Brakes, Alignment and Brakes 6
AUTO 225 Automotive Careers and Customer Relations 2
AUTO 232 Automatic Transmission / Transaxles 4
AUTO 233 Manual Drive Trains and Axles 4
AUTO 235 Automotive Air Conditioning 2.5
AUTO 249A Directed Study – Fieldwork 3
AUTO 95* Applied Automotive Math 1
MACH 120 Machine Technology I 3
MACH 130 Welding I 2
  Total Units Required 36.5

* Applied Toward the Career Certificate only.

Chassis Repair Career Certificate: This career path is designed to prepare students to enter the automotive service repair industry at least the second year apprenticeship level.