Program Overview

The College's Automotive Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Students completing the program will be prepared to take all 8 Automotive Service Exams (ASE) in the Automotive Technology Program giving them additional certification desired in the industry when they seek employment. In addition, students who complete the program will be able to obtain a California Smog Check Technician License. Visit the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) website for more information at and the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Automotive Repair at

The program is conducted in a well-equipped facility with a large fleet of late model domestic and import vehicles. Automobile manufacturers provide substantial support for the program.

Students can pursue a certificate or degree in Automotive Technology or a specialty degree or certificate in Japanese Automotive Technology. Our partnership with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. provides employment opportunities for students enrolled in our programs. The College also provides numerous classes to update the knowledge and skills of practicing technicians.

Skyline College's Automotive Program is accredited by:

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
101 Blue Seal Drive S.E., Suite 101
Leesburg, VA 20175
Telephone: (703) 669-6650


Applications must be received by April 15 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester. All documents must be sent to the Office of Admissions and Records. Applications received after the deadline will be assigned the next available number on a waiting list according to the date received. Applicants will be informed of the status of their applications within six weeks of the application deadline. Applicants are responsible for submitting the following:

  1. Completed Automotive Technology Program Application.
  2. Completed Skyline College application
  3. Documented proof of prior experience. All statements must be substantiated by attached documents of verification (a transcript or letter from employer). Such documentation may come from one or more of the following:
    • One semester of AUTO 710 at Skyline College (or equivalent from another community college) with a grade of "B" or better. (Submit a copy of your final grade report with your application or a letter from your instructor.)
    • One year of high school automotive training with a grade of "B" or better (verified by official transcript). Also, a letter of recommendation from an automotive instructor or Tech Prep Certificate of Credit would be important considerations.
    • One year of ROP automotive training with a grade of "B" or better or equivalent training. (Certificate and letter from instructor must be submitted with application.)
    • One year of full-time related work experience with accompanying letter of verification from employer specifying employment dates and duties.
  4. All students must meet the math proficiency requirements in one of the following ways:
    • Satisfactory completion of the placement test by scoring on the Skyline Placement Test at a pre-algebra level. (Submit a copy of the Math Placement Test results with the application.)
    • Completion of three units of MATH 811 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better. (Submit a copy of the college transcript with the application.)
  5. All students and must meet the English proficiency requirement by:
    • Eligibility for ENGL 846, 100, or ESOL 400, on the Skyline College English Placement Test or qualifying course work. (Submit a copy of your English Placement Test results or final grade report from your qualifying course work with the application.)
    • Completion of ENGL 828 with a grade of "C" or better. (Submit a copy of your final grade report with the application.)

Note: Minimum requirements may be lowered at the discretion of the selection committee depending on the number of available seats and the number of applicants.

Once the applicant has completed items 1 through 5 and met all criteria for admission to the program, he/she will receive the next available number on the admission waiting list to be admitted to the program as opportunities occur. The waiting list will be in effect for the semester in which the applicant is applying. Students who are not accepted may resubmit their application if they wish to be considered for admission to any subsequent semester. For further information on the Automotive Program, please call 738-4438.

Program Requirements

Required Core Course Units
AUTO 713 Automotive Electricity and Electronics 15 units
Plus a selection of 30 units from the following: Units
AUTO 546 Body Control Systems 15 units
AUTO 721 Automotive Steering, Suspension & Brakes 15 units
AUTO 734 Automotive Engine Diagnosis and Repair 15 units
AUTO 735 Automotive Transmission & Drive Trans Diagnosis and Repair 15 units
AUTO 745 Asian Brakes and Chassis 15 units
AUTO 749 Asian Engine Performance 15 units
AUTO 751 Automotive Engine Performance 15 units
AUTO 752 Advanced Engine Performance 15 units
Total Required Major Units: 45

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.