Automotive Technology Program


About the Automotive Technology Program

The Future of Mobility is Autonomous, Your Career in Automotive Technology Starts Now

Get hands-on training and high-tech skills on the latest vehicles and technologies at Santa Monica College. Apply basic diagnostic techniques, maintenance procedures, and repair skills to automotive, electrical, braking and suspension, and steering systems. Learn how to troubleshoot and repair electronic, mechanical, and hybrid-electric vehicles. Gain an understanding of alternative fuels and other emerging technologies, as well as learn how each performs as potential solutions to transportation-related energy and air pollution problems.

Employees in these essential positions in today’s automotive maintenance shop operate sophisticated tools and equipment, and practice safe work procedures under the guidance of more experienced technicians.

Transfer Preparation

Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university. Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as many private and out-of-state institutions.

Degrees and Certificates

Department Certificate - Automotive Technology - Introductory

12 units

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to apply basic diagnostic techniques, maintenance procedures, and repair skills to automotive electrical, braking, and suspension and steering systems.

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Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Automotive Engineering Technicians Associate Degree $66,438
Fuel Cell Technicians N/A $70,737
Automotive Body and Related Repairers High School Diploma or More $34,059
Automotive Master Mechanics Certificate $35,298
Automotive Specialty Technicians Certificate $35,298
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers High School Diploma or More $73,483
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment Certificate $75,254
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles Certificate $32,253
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers High School Diploma or More $34,689
Tire Repairers and Changers High School Diploma or More $34,348
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General High School Diploma or More $40,802
Transportation Vehicle, Equipment, and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation High School Diploma or More $75,837
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment High School Diploma or More $23,989