Skyline College Automotive Technology programs offer students a well-equipped, modern facility, a large fleet of late model vehicles, and extensive hands-on training. Domestic and import car manufacturers provide substantial support of the programs offered by Skyline College. A generic automotive technology training program as well as a Japanese program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., are available for entry-level students. In addition, the College offers numerous classes to update knowledge and training for practicing service technicians.

National Automotove TechniciansSkyline College is nationally certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), an affiliate of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). This organization certifies automobile technician training programs offered by high schools, postsecondary trade schools, technical institutes, and community colleges. NATEF certification signifies that the program meets uniform national standards for instructional facilities, equipment, staff credentials, and curriculum.


NATEF Award Letters and Self Evaluation

NATEF Program Renewal Accreditation Letter June 23, 2011

NATEF Master Accreditation Letter to President Stroud April 1, 2011

NATEF Self Study June 2011

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Successfully pass 3 out of 8 Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams.
  • Apply theories, principles, and concepts to address skills learned that would apply to the NATEF Certified areas of the Automotive Technology Program.
  • Exhibit strong and effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Exhibit strong electrical and mechanical analytical diagnostic skills.
  • Recognize the importance of and practice ethical behavior in a professional work setting, both within the workforce and within the community.
  • Successfully complete 100% of P-1 NATEF specific tasks.
  • Successfully complete 95% of the P-2 NATEF specific tasks.
  • Successfully complete 65% of the P-3 NATEF specific tasks.

Professional General Automotive Technology / Mornings

This program is generic in nature and covers domestic as well as European and Japanese vehicles. Emphasis is on all areas of the automobile except body and fender. Students experience extensive hands-on training totaling over 2100 hours. It takes 3 years to complete all facets of this program. Entrance into this program requires a special application and successful completion of prerequisites. Read more about this professional Automotive program.


Weekend and evening courses are designed for all levels and abilities. General automotive courses for the do-it-yourselfers, entry level courses for prospective automotive technicians, and in-service courses for the working technician are available. Most weekend courses are designed for the working technicians who want to specialize in the areas of Smog Check testing, diagnosis and repair. Other courses are related to diagnosing a variety of electrical and driveability problems. ASE Test preparation courses are also offered twice a year. Courses are offered in convenient two and four day sessions, and four week or eight week sessions. An Associate of Science Degree is available for students enrolled in these courses. No special application or tools are required for these courses. Additional materials and lab fees may be applied to certain courses. Visit the class schedule for the most current listing of courses and any additional fees.

Consumer Classes / Saturdays

Courses are offered on Saturday with the consumer in mind. The student will learn to perform routine maintenance on his or her vehicle. No special application or tools are required for these courses.


Students enrolled in Morning or Afternoon classes are awarded a Skyline College Certificate upon successful completion of the program. Students enrolled in Evening classes are awarded an Automotive Department Certificate upon successful completion of each class.


Students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program have the option to obtain an Associate in Science Degree in Automotive by completing General Education courses as well as the automotive courses. Read more about Degree Programs.

Required Tools

Students enrolled in the Morning and Afternoon classes will be required to furnish his/her own hand tools. Students in the program are given a list of required tools, whichTools can be obtained from one of several sources with special student pricing programs through the College. First-semester student tools cost approximately $500 to $950, depending upon the brand of tools and the supplier, with an additional tool cost of $600 to $900 spread over the remaining semesters. Hand tools and specialty tools are furnished through the Central Tool Room for the Evening and Saturday Programs.

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