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Brad McCombs
Program Coordinator
Phone: (619) 660-4267


Automotive Technology

Shift your career into gear through Cuyamaca College’s industry-recognized Automotive Technology department, a leader that is staying ahead of the curve as hybrid and electric vehicles become more commonplace on San Diego County roads. Cuyamaca College’s program has been recognized by San Diego Gas & Electric for being at the forefront of the EV and hybrid movement, and it offers both Ford and General Motors degree training programs in which students are employed in the industry while they’re learning the latest in automotive technology. 

Career Opportunities Include: 

  • Auto electrician
  • Auto parts sales person
  • Automotive air conditioning technician
  • Engine machinist
  • General repair technician
  • Service advisor
  • Service manager
  • Transmission technician
  • Licensed smog inspector and repair technician
  • Automotive repair business owner
  • Ford Certified Automotive Technician
  • General Motors Certified Automotive Technician

 Auto students

Degrees and certificates offered


  • Automotive Technology
  • Advanced Engine Performance and Emissions
  • Automotive Technology ASEP
  • Automotive Technology ASSET
  • Brakes and Front End
  • Engine Performance and Drive Train

 What can you expect to earn with a degree or certificate in our Automotive Technology program? With technical skills well beyond those needed in the past, graduates who secure industry certification can expect an average annual salary of between $40,000 and $60,000. Entry-level salaries are typically in the $30,000 range, and the pay of top earners in high-volume dealerships can exceed $100,000. Our students are working at dealerships and independent repair shops throughout Southern California, and the opportunity for advancement has never been better. What’s more, Cuyamaca College’s Automotive Technology Program offers the General Motors- sponsored ASEP degree program, which trains students in all systems of GM vehicles, and the Ford-sponsored ASSET degree program, which trains students in all systems of the manufacturer’s vehicles. One of only three in the state, the college’s Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Education Training) is recognized as one of the best training programs in the world.


Last Updated: 08/02/2017


Brad McCombs
Program Coordinator
Phone: (619) 660-4267

  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District