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Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology laboratories include the latest tools and equipment in student instruction housed in our state of the art building. We are not aligned with any equipment manufacture or auto brand so students are exposed to the widest possible variety of shop equipment and vehicles. Our labs allow students the opportunity to gain experience and further their career goals. Each lab area is updated on a regular basis. 

Introductory Lab: The AT 100 courses taught here introduce students to automotive service and allow them the opportunity to learn and practice maintenance and simple repairs on their own vehicles and a wide variety of shop vehicles. Brake jobs, oil changes, tire and wheel service and basic engine repairs are all covered in this course.

  • Asymmetrical and in-ground lifts
  • Engine performance trainers
  • Scan tools
  • Brake lathes

Main Lab: (advanced classes): From basic electricity to advanced engine performance and emissions training, classes in this area are designed for the student who is planning on a career in automotive service.  

  • Asymmetrical and scissor lifts
  • Engine Performance Trainers
  • Brake lathes
  • Alignment Machines
  • Scan tools
  • Shop training vehicles
  • 800hp wheel dynamometer
  • California BAR Smog Inspection training equipment

Drive Train Lab: Featuring all of the tools and equipment needed for students to learn the maintenance, repair and diagnosis of drive trains components including automatic and manual transmission, differentials and transfer cases.

  • Superflow transmission dynamometer
  • Ultrasonic parts cleaner
  • Hydraulic and manual presses
  • Superflow Supershifter
  • Flywheel grinder

 Blaine Johnson Memorial Automotive Machining Lab: This is a world-class engine machine shop with more than $300,000 worth of state of the art equipment donated in honor of the late Blaine Johnson, Santa Maria native and 4 time NHRA world champion drag racer. Students can take up to 4 semesters of courses focused on engine machining and engine performance testing.

  • Sunnen Power Stroke Rod Hone
  • Crankshaft Grinder
  • Superflow Cylinder Head Flow Bench
  • DTS 1000 Horse Power Dynamometer & cell
  • Hines engine balancer
  • Rottler CNC boring center
  • Rottler cylinder hone
  • Rottler variable speed boring center
  • Winona line hone

Student Club:The Auto Student Club is open to any student in the Auto Body or Auto Technology programs and provides opportunity for networking with local industry professionals as well as organizing a Car Show on the Allan Hancock College campus every year.

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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