Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Program Overview

The Automotive Technology Program is a hands-on training program that will train you to become a skilled technician in two years or less.

Students can earn certificates of proficiency, state licenses, a two-year degree, and/or ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certification. Our facilities are equipped with the latest technologies and equipment to help meet all of your educational goals.

Why choose to become an automotive technician?

If you have the desire to master the skills required to repair and service the modern automobile; if you like working with your hands, problem solving and working with cars or trucks then a career in automotive technology may be right for you.  

Job duties of an automotive technician vary from engine performance specialist to the complete rebuilding of engines and power trains. Other related jobs include parts house counter person, insurance appraisers, service managers, managers of service stations, lubrication drive-ins, and salespersons for major automotive equipment suppliers and dealers.


Trained technicians are in great demand for outstanding job opportunities in all aspects of automotive service and repair.  Technicians possessing state licenses such as Smog, Lamp or Brake are in especially high demand with hourly rates ranging from $10 - $15 for entry-level positions.  Journey level positions earn $15 to $24 per hour on average.

certification Questions?

Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E)
101 Blue Seal Drive, D.E. Suite 101 Leesburg, VA 20175
Ph: 800-390-6789 web address:
ASE Testing on the Santa Maria Campus monthlyFor test dates and times email: or call 805-922-6966 ext. 3980 for more information.
BAR Smog Recertification Class taught through Allan Hancock College Community Education typically twice a year.  Contact or call 805.922.6966 ext.  3492 for class dates. 


Industrial Technology Department, Building O
Phone: 805-922-6966 ext. 3335


Classes offered in the day and evening, Fall and Spring Semester: 
Industrial Technology Office hours 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Office closed in July.

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Caytlin Ortiz

Caytlin Ortiz
Auto Body & Automotive Tech

"The education, knowledge, and hands-on experience I received here allowed me to discover and fuel my passion for cars. Eric Mason and the other auto body and automotive technology instructors pushed and inspired me to pursue a career in the industry. I was recently promoted to a full body technician in less than two years, which is half the time it usually takes. I credit Hancock for giving me the tools and confidence to succeed in the field, especially as a woman. I used what I learned at Hancock on a daily basis."

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Automotive TechnologyVideo: Automotive Tech students Ed, Carlos, and Martin share about top quality tools, equipment & facilities at AHC.

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Last Modified Jun 28, 2017