The Automotive Technology Program prepares a student for entry into the auto technician trade. Training will develop your skills in engine, chassis, electrical repair, and power train. Other classes teach you how to operate diagnostic equipment, perform front end alignments, repair power steering systems, adjust and overhaul fuel systems, repair transmissions, and repair and adjust air-conditioning systems. Courses are designed to prepare students to become an ASE Certified Technician. In addition, Automotive Technology offers several certificates that could lead to specialized areas of employment such as brakes, smog or air conditioning.

Employment Opportunities

About 60,000 additional automobile technicians are needed in the next 5 years, according to industry experts. And working on complex vehicles requires more skills which limits the pool of qualified candidates, forcing dealers and independent shops to compete for good technicians. The best prospects should be comfortable with computers, understand electronics, and know the basics of how a car works. But the best suited candidate is likely to seek something more glamorous and less grimy in the computer technology field. And older mechanics may not warm up to computer technology. The Automotive Service Association says one technician enters the job market for every 10 who leave (USA Today).

Opportunities for employment in Northern California could be with:

  • Federal, state, and county agencies
  • Numerous automotive dealers
  • Fleet Maintenance
  • Independent automotive garages
  • Independent companies
  • Self-employment
  • Franchise businesses

The future is promising for individuals who have the energy, mechanical ability, and training to enter this interesting and challenging trade. Automotive technicians are in constant demand because of the increasing number of automobiles in operation in this area. 

Wide Variety of Classes

  • Advanced Engine Performance
  • Automotive Brakes
  • Automotive Machinist Training
  • Automatic Transmissions / Transaxles
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Emission Technician Training
  • Engine Performance
  • Engine Repair
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Suspension, Steering, and Wheel Alignment

Books and Supplies

Textbooks and necessary supplies may be purchased by students at the Shasta College Bookstore. Cost of the textbooks and supplies will depend on the type of curriculum pursued by the student.

College Dormitories

On-campus housing is available for students. Students wishing to live in the dorms will be required to purchase their meals separately. For further information, contact the Coordinator of Student Housing at (530) 242-7739.