Build Your Future in Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology Department at Fullerton College is committed to preparing students for employment in the automotive service and repair industry.

Students learn to diagnose malfunctions and perform proper vehicle repairs. Offering ‘hands-on” learning, students train in high-tech equipment, training aids, lab vehicles, and also service customer cars. Students fill repair orders following the guide for the Automotive Repair Dealers “Write It Right,” which includes the three C’s (Concern, Cause, and Correction). The Automotive Technology Program curriculum is flexible and accommodates students during either fall or spring semesters. Students also can gain work experience in automotive repair shops or dealerships while attending classes. Programs and instructors are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The Automotive Technology Program is certified by the State of California Bureau of Automotive Repair to teach Smog-Check licensing courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).

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Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full-time or part-time.

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Career opportunities include:

  • Automotive Specialist Technician
  • Automotive Parts Sales
  • Automotive Body and Related Repairers
  • Automotive Sales Representative
  • Automotive Master Mechanic

Students with a degree or certificate from the Automotive Technology Department can find employment in an auto repair shop or at a dealership, independent garages, and specialty shops all over Southern California. Many program graduates are now shop owners, managers, auto teachers, and manufacturer’s service representatives.

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Fullerton College offers a robust selection of programs, including over 140 Career and Technical Education options for anyone interested in advancing in a profession, or seeking training for new career opportunities.  With guidance from seasoned instructors at Fullerton College, learn and engage in the college’s modern facilities, gain the skills and knowledge to succeed, and thrive in today’s

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“Looking back on my time in the Fullerton College Machine Tool program I see how it was essential to me to jump starting my career in Manufacturing. Without the strong machining and manufacturing background I would never have earned the opportunities I’ve had in just four short years after graduating. The program helped me earn the opportunity to take part in the new space race and help send American astronauts into space on American rockets for the first time in a decade. It also has enabled me to travel and work across the country. None of these things would have been possible without the knowledge and experience I gained while going through the Fullerton College Machine Technology program.”

– Dominic Jaramillo
Machine Technology
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“My experience at Fullerton College will be an unforgettable one. I went in not knowing what to expect or what I would learn, and came out with the full confidence and knowledge to take the steps necessary to build a career for myself all thanks to the Art Department and the incredible instructors there. Apart from the courses and instructors, the college itself offers so many opportunities for its students, specifically the CTE department, which I am also very grateful for. Going to FC was the best decision I ever made. I’ll always be extremely appreciative of my time there, they gave me what I have now, a career and confidence in my future.”

– Flor Farfan
Graphic Design/Digital Arts