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Welcome to Opportunities in Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology program at Saddleback College combines contemporary technology with old-school elbow grease to produce shop-ready Automotive Technicians who can do a little bit of everything. Students receive training in practical garage skills, as well as customer service, cooperative and problem-solving skills, for a well-rounded higher education experience. 

For those looking for even more hands-on training, Saddleback College offers Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) internships, through partnerships with local dealerships and independent businesses. 

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Potential Salaries

$45,840 - $101,430

Per Year

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Potential Careers

Fuel Cell Technician

Automotive Master Mechanic

Automotive Body Repairer

Automotive Engineering Technician

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Mossy Automotive Group


Many More!

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Yes! Set the foundation for a high-paying career. Get your Automotive Technology career in gear. Here are just a few of the many careers and their average salaries.

Automotive Technician - $45,840

Automotive Specialty Technician - $45,840

Fuel Cell Technician - $69,950

Automotive Master Mechanic - $45,840

Automotive Body Repairer - $48,830

Automotive Engineering Technician - $60,850

Automotive Engineer (w/ further education) - $101,430

Saddleback College offers five associate degrees and five certificates in Automotive Technology. 

For more information about these programs, you can also visit the main Saddleback website’s Automotive Technology page.

  • General Automotive Technician (Associate in Science)
  • General Automotive Technician (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Specialist (Associate in Science)
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Specialist (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Automotive Chassis Specialist (Associate in Science)
  • Automotive Chassis Specialist (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Automotive Engine Performance Specialist (Associate in Science)
  • Automotive Engine Performance Specialist (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Automotive Engine Service Specialist (Associate in Science)
  • Automotive Engine Service Specialist (Certificate of Achievement)

Bridgestone Americas * Firestone Complete Auto Care * Icahn Automotive Group * Valvoline Instant Oil Change * Goodyear * Penske * Pep Boys * Mossy Automotive Group * CarMax * DCH Auto Group * Oremor Automotive Group * And Many More! *

The Automotive Technology Department (VIL 7) can be contacted at (949) 348-6078.

Raj Dhillon, Sr. Lab Tech - (949) 348-6078

Saddleback College is proud to be Orange County’s premier provider of low-cost career education. See the 2019 Cost of Education Statement for the most recent information on cost of attendance.

For financial aid, visit the Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office online, for details on financial assistance sources, including grants, loans, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and more!

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