Automotive Technology 
School of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability

School of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability

About the Program

The automotive industry is currently in need of skilled, trained and certified technicians.  These individuals will be required to: identify problems using computerized diagnostic equipment; follow procedures using charts and technical manuals; and perform basic care, maintenance and repair work on traditional mechanical systems.  To keep pace with industry changes, future technicians must also become knowledgeable about a growing number of electronic systems as well as electrical and hybrid vehicle technology.

Santa Fe Community College offers a range of classes that will prepare students to work on today’s advanced vehicle systems. This program will provide students with the background and knowledge to earn their Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification in up to seven competency areas, including Automotive Engine Repair; Auto Maintenance and Light Truck Repair; Automatic Transmission Transaxle; Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning; Brakes; Manual Transmission and Drive Train; and Steering and Suspension.

Female technicians remain significantly under-represented in the field of auto maintenance and repair.  However, what was once an industry that was exclusively represented by men has been undergoing many changes.  Servicing vehicles has taken a different approach. Mechanical systems that once required more muscle to fix have become far more reliable. Today, car problems are more likely to be caused by a defective electronic sensor than a bad transmission.  Auto service departments increasingly need people with technical training in electronics.  The physical barriers that women may have once felt when entering the field have largely disappeared while other skills such communicating effectively and following technical instructions have become more important toward success in this field.
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for automotive technicians will continue to grow from 2018 to 2028 as the number of vehicles in use continues to rise.  More entry-level service technicians will be needed to perform basic maintenance and repair.  The median salary for this type of position is presently $40,710.

SFCC’s Automotive Technology Lab is currently located at 38 Bisbee Court.   However, we are in the process of building a brand-new, state-of-the-art automotive facility on SFCC’s main campus. Classes are scheduled to begin there in the Fall of 2020.

All classes are taught by ASE Certified Technicians. Thanks to a partnership with Snap-On Tools, students can purchase their tools at a greatly discounted rate. Marketing funding for this program provided in-part by the Carl D. Perkins Education Grant.