Automotive Technology

Our automotive technology department offers in-depth, state-of-the-art training for the major areas of specialization in the field of service and repair. Faculty members are trained, experienced, and certified automotive repair technicians:  having passed the California Smog, Brake, and Lamp Inspection License requirements, as well as multiple certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Program features include a spacious facility with modern equipment, and industry-recommended courses, providing a sound foundation for the one-year Certificate and two-year Associate Degree program options.

The Reedley College Automotive Technician training program will provide the student with the knowledge and skills to perform diagnosis and repair on foreign & domestic automotive systems, enabling them to enter the automotive service industry at the advanced apprentice level. Subjects include: engine repair, engine performance, electrical systems, brake, steering & suspension, manual & automatic transmissions (including differentials / transaxles), and air conditioning. Job placement assistance is available through our Auto 19V Cooperative Work Experience course.

The Reedley College Automotive Technology program is one of the original short-term trade school formats, organized as a block program. It only takes one school year (9 months) in order to earn a Certificate of Achievement, and a second school year to complete the A.S. Degree requirements. Typical college courses are normally divided into separate classes by subject, but in our block program the subject areas are combined into a single class each semester. Half of the subject areas are covered during the Fall semester, and the remaining subject areas are covered during the Spring semester. The average full-time college student enrolls in 3 to 5 classes totaling 12 – 15 units per semester, the automotive class is 16 units per semester for two semesters (32 units total). The schedule is simple with one class per semester: students are required to be present 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. The program focuses on preparing students for ASE certification testing, as well as entering the workforce. Many of the community college units earned while obtaining a Certificate of Achievement and A.S. Degree, may be transferable to a four-year college. 


  • Engine Repair
  • Electrical Systems
  • Engine Performance 
  • Suspension / Steering
  • Brakes
  • Manual Drive Train / Axles
  • Automotive Transmission / Transaxles
  • HVAC  (Heating / Air Conditioning)

 

Certificate and Degree

  • 1 year - 1100 hours: Certificate of Achievement
  • 2 years: Associate in Science Degree

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Upon completion of the program, the student should qualify for the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (ASE) exams and qualify as a Certified General Automobile Mechanic once the ASE experience requirements are met.

The program follows the guidelines established by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and is certified by the State of California Bureau of Automotive Repair. The student will receive approximately 1100 hours of instruction at 30 hours per week on a one year Fall/Spring semester sequence. All tools and equipment are provided; however, every automotive student is expected to furnish their own textbooks, personal safety items, digital multi-meter, and program uniform. Students are expected to register for the ASE and BAR exams.

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