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Automotive Technology

Degrees and Certificates

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  • Associate in Science Degree
  • Certificate of Achievement

Program Description

Automotive technology is no longer ruled by sockets and screwdrivers. Computer diagnostics are now a mainstay of the automobile industry and they bring a new level of technical innovation in automotive maintenance and repair. SCC’s Automotive Technician program leads the industry with a dynamic curriculum in its new, state-of-the-art learning facility in Vallejo, making it a leader in training with hybrid, electric and clean diesel vehicles. The program also partners with leading car manufacturers to provide students the ability to work on the newest vehicles coming to market.

This program prepares graduates for employment in the automotive industry as apprentice mechanics, parts professionals, service station attendants, or specialists in one of the many areas in, or jobs related to the automotive industry.

Your New Skills

You will be introduced to the theory and practice of automotive repair and maintenance, and you will study the vital parts of the internal combustion engine and power transmission. You will learn basic electronic concepts while testing, maintaining, adjusting, and repairing batteries, alternators, starters, wiring, ignition systems, and accessories. You will be shown methods of scientifically diagnosing automotive malfunctions, and the techniques of troubleshooting. You will practice with special machines, instruments, and oscilloscopes for examination of exhaust emissions, fuel, and other systems.


The San Francisco Bay Area has a large demand for skilled mechanics who display a special pride in their craft. Job openings will increase sharply in the next few years as current mechanics retire. Opportunities exist among automobile and truck dealers, independent repair garages, vehicle fleet operations, many state, local and federal government agencies and service stations.

Location and Contact

Auto Tech program is now located at Solano's Vallejo Campus:

Solano College Automotive Technology
1687 N. Ascot Parkway
Vallejo, CA 94591

Paul Hidy
Professor, Automotive Technology
(707) 864-7000 ext. 5746