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.
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
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.
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|