Automotive technology is a study of the complete automobile divided into a subsystem approach. This program of study explores and instructs students in the operation of all automotive systems. Processes are emphasized including problem solving, repair procedures, service techniques, diagnostic analysis, and shop safety. All automotive system instruction meets Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) guidelines and National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certification. 

Automotive Program Certificate and Degree Options (PDF)

Career Options
Below is a sample of the career options for the automotive major. Most require a certificate or an associate in science degree. Automotive Service Excellence Certification will allow entry-level employment as: mechanic, automotive technician, service station attendant, repair shop operator, automotive engineer, automotive salesperson or dealer, vocational teacher, automotive designer, race car driver or mechanic, supplier or distributor, and positions in allied professions of business, marketing, and industry.


The Automotive Program at Southwestern Community College recently achieved the highest industry recognition for automotive training programs by successfully becoming certified by The National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF), a branch of ASE, sets the highest standards recognized nationally for this type of training. The course of study, facilities, and equipment of the institution were evaluated and found to meet these standards for excellence in the following areas;

Areas of Certification: Automatic Transmission & Transaxle, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Heating and Air Conditioning, Manual Drive Train & Axles, Suspension & Steering


Certification Expiration: 3/2014

Mission Statement

The Southwestern Automotive Department is working to produce a new generation of clean, professional, educated, and ethical technicians to service and repair today’s technically advanced vehicles.

For information please contact:

Catherine Dimapilis
570 C
Phone: (619) 421-6700 ext.6460

Jose Ibarra, Professor
590 E
Phone: 619-421-6700 ext. 5629
Web Site:

David Preciado, Professor
590 F
Phone: 619-421-6700 ext. 5431

Last updated: 8/24/2015 12:45:50 PM