Program Description

The Merced College Automotive Technology program provides students with skills required for efficient diagnosis, maintenance and repair of current automobiles and automobile systems.   The program is recognized and certified by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) To the Automotive Service Technician Level (AST) and the automotive program instructors are ASE certified at the instructor level.  The Merced College Automotive program is also certified by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) to teach the Basic and Enhanced Clean Air Car Courses.


Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in Automotive Technology:

Automotive Technology Level 1 Certificate (09010.CL)
Automotive Technology Level 2 Certificate (09002.CT)
Automotive Master Technician Certificate (09008.CT)
Automotive Master Technician, A.S. (09003.AS)

Career Opportunities

  • Automotive Service Technicians
  • Automotive Line Technicians (mid-level)
  • Automotive Master Technicians
  • Service Managers
  • Parts Specialist
  • Field Technical Specialists
  • Director of Fixed Operations
  • General Managers

Course Sequence

This is a sample three-semester course sequence for an Associate Degree or Certificate of Completion for Automotive Technology:

Semester 1
Auto 04 Automotive Mechanics
Auto 63 Basic Automotive Electronics for Technicians
Auto 32 Wheel Alignment and Suspension
Auto 33 Automotive Brake Systems
Auto 42 Automotive Electrical Systems
Semester 2
Auto 41 Automotive Engines
Auto 36 Automotive Manual Transmissions and Drive Trains
Auto 43 Automotive Fuel Systems
Auto 46 Automatic Transmissions
Semester 3
Auto 44 Automotive Engines
Auto 47 Automotive Manual Transmissions and Drive Trains
Auto 55 Automotive Fuel Systems
Auto 56 Automatic Transmissions
Auto 66 Automotive Parts and Service Advising

Program Tools & Resources

For information regarding the Automotive Technology Programs, call (209) 384-6250, or schedule an appointment with an Industrial Technology Counselor by calling the Guidance Division at (209) 384-6314.

Automotive Technology Faculty