Career Opportunities

Automotive Technology

Job opportunities for an automotive technician are plentiful. Related industry jobs include: 

  • General Automotive Service Technician
  • Engine Performance Specialist    
  • Automotive Emissions Specialist
  • Automotive Powertrain Specialist
  • Automotive Engine Rebuilding Specialist
  • Suspension and Alignment Specialist
  • Automotive Service Writer/Manager
  • Parts House Manager

Trained technicians are in great demand for outstanding job opportunities in all aspects of automotive service and repair. Technicians possessing state licenses such as Smog, Lamp or Brake are in especially high demand.

According to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) at; students with a degree in Automotive Technology can more than double their income:

2 years before receiving their Auto Technology Degree:  $17,413 annual salary
2  years after receiving their Auto Technology Degree:  $37,227 annual salary
5 years after receving their Auto Technology Degree:  $45,729 annual salary

Allan Hancock College's Auto Technology program has current or former students working in every major automotive service dealership in Santa Maria.  In addition, the skills and knowledge gained in our courses have taken sudents into such diverse fields as aircraft restoration, agricultural equipment repair and maintenance, formula racing and machining of top fuel engine components. 








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Caytlin Ortiz

Caytlin Ortiz
Auto Body & Automotive Tech

"The education, knowledge, and hands-on experience I received here allowed me to discover and fuel my passion for cars. Eric Mason and the other auto body and automotive technology instructors pushed and inspired me to pursue a career in the industry. I was recently promoted to a full body technician in less than two years, which is half the time it usually takes. I credit Hancock for giving me the tools and confidence to succeed in the field, especially as a woman. I used what I learned at Hancock on a daily basis."
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Last Modified Sep 17, 2015