Automotive Technician Program

Are cars and computers more your speed?

Did you know that computer diagnostics are now a core of the automobile industry? Computer diagnostics bring a new level of technical innovation to automotive maintenance and repair.

Solano Community College’s Automotive Technician program is leading 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. Our program also partners with leading car manufacturers to provide students the ability to work on the newest vehicles coming to market.

This program is designed to prepare graduates for entry level employment as apprentice technicians, parts specialists, service consultants, or specialists in one of the many areas of the automotive service and repair industry. Find out more about Solano Community College’s Automotive Technician program today!

What they do

  • Machinists and tool and die makers set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments and tools.
  • Welders join metal parts together and also fill holes, indentions, or seams of metal products, using hand-held metal joining equipment.
  • Maintenance workers repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery. Assemblers put together finished products and the parts that go in them.
  • Computer-assisted designers and drafters use computer software to convert designs into technical drawings and plans.
  • Degree may also be a bridge to JC’s Bachelor of Science in Energy Systems Management.

Degrees, Certificates, and Certifications

Click below or go to our catalog to find the requirements to achieve the:

We also offer a Smog Check Training for the California Smog Check Inspector licensing exam.

Your New Skills

You will be introduced to the theory and practice of automotive repair and maintenance, and 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 using various specialized equipment 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. Click on ‘Employment’ in the left-hand column to learn more.