Automotive Mechanics: Brake and Suspension Specialist, Engine Repair Specialist, General Auto Technician, Transmission Specialist

What will I learn in this program?

The ASE/NATEF certified automotive technician program will enable students to earn a degree and certificate. Those seeking employment can acquire the theoretical and hands-on skills necessary to work on all types of vehicles. No matter what type of car or truck, this program prepares individuals in a comprehensive study of all pertinent systems and functions under the “eye” of the comprehensive objectives and our industry advisory committee.  What is important in a technician training program is the opportunity to experience many types of conditions and actual repair/maintenance strategies. Having your own vehicle is encouraged but by no means required. What is required though, is recognition of the passion and love of all things cars and how they “tick.”

The requirements for the Automotive Technician degree are the completion of 32 units of technical training plus CCSF general education coursework completion. Specialty certificates are also available in a number of areas as well. For more information on requirements, go to Program Curriculum or website below.

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay? What “demand” is expected for these jobs?


Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

General Automotive Technician

$30,000 - $60,000

Average Growth

Brake and Suspension Specialist

$30,000 - $60,000

Average Growth

Transmission Specialist

$30,000 - $60,000

Average Growth

Engine Repair Specialist

$30,000 - $60,000

Average Growth

Upon completion of the certificate, it is possible to find work in automotive dealerships and independent shops.  For those of entrepreneurial nature, you can start your business.  

There are emerging specialty fields opening up in the areas of alternative/sustainable fuel vehicles and hybrids for those who have completed basic studies and are interested in advanced technologies.

Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

See the Automotive website (below), or contact our counseling office for specific details on English and Math prerequisites.  All students must complete the Introduction to Automotive Technology 50 course before progressing on to specific specialty courses.

Does this program have any special costs?

A basic set of hand tools, work clothes and safety glasses are required for all students.

How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

Automotive Mechanics: Brake and Suspension Specialist; Transmission Specialist; or Engine Repair Specialist AS/Certificate

2 Years

Automotive Body and Fender Repair Certificate

Coursework/Degree/Certificate is in the revision process.

Motorcycle Technician AS/Certificate

1.5 Years

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

Department website:

Department location: 
Evans Campus
1400 Evans Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124

Program coordinator info: 
Ben Macri, Department Chair
Department of Automotive and Trade Skills
(415) 550-4409

Or contact our counselor, Carlos Webster at (415) 550-4402