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Chabot College

About Us

Chabot College is a California Community College located in Hayward, CA just north of Silicone Valley. Our program is ASE Master Accredited and we offer Degree, Certificates and Non-Credit programs. We also offer courses on: Hybrid/EV, ADAS and Service Consulting. We host Hunter Engineering and Mazda as their regional training locations. https://tinyurl.com/ChabotAuto


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Under The Hood

Provide a quick overview of the program (i.e., time to complete, credits, type of degree, etc.).

Chabot is a California Community College that offers non-credit certificates, credit certificates and degree programs. Students can attend classes during the day or evenings and can typically complete the automotive courses in about two years. We are an ASE Accredited program.

Is this a full or part time program?

Students can attend full time or part time, day or evening schedules.

Describe how classes are conducted (i.e, in-person, online, in the shop, etc.).

Our classes are hands-on, but we do offer ASE Test Preparation and Service Consulting as online opportunities.

What does the program cost?

California Community colleges currently charge $46.00 per unit, plus applicable institutional fees. https://www.chabotcollege.edu/admissions/cost-payment/index.php?ref=menu-m

What types of financial assistance or scholarships are available?

Students have access to multiple sources of Grants, Scholarships and financial aide opportunities. http://www.chabotcollege.edu/finaid/?ref=menu-d

Describe the application process and eligibility.

Students enroll directly utilizing the college website. http://www.chabotcollege.edu/admissions/become-student/index.php

What types of work-based learning opportunities do you offer?

Employers are in constant contact with our programs faculty with various types of Internships, part time and full time opportunities.

Describe your annual placements (i.e., number of students, percent who find a job in the industry, etc.).

The students in Chabot's Automotive program who seek employment in the Automotive and related industries wither while still attending classes or after graduation have no problems finding employment opportunities. Based on Perkins, we are consistently 90%+ placement.

What types of salaries can students expect after graduating and as they advance in their career?

In our region, students can expect starting wages between $15.00 and $21.00 depending on requirements of providing their own tools. Wages for experienced technicians on our area are $30.00+.

Is there anything unique about your program that you’d like to mention?

Our program also offers instruction in: ASE Test Prep Service Consulting Hybrid / EV Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems (ADAS)

What general and specialty tools does the school provide?

The Chabot Automotive program provides all tools and equipment applicable for instruction.

What tools, if any, is a student responsible for providing?

Students are not required to provide any tools for attendance, but are responsible for providing their own Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

When in the lab, how much one-on-one time does an instructor get with each student?

Chabot's automotive classes are 24:1. Instructors make extra efforts to provide 1:1 contact whenever possible, typically students will work in groups of 2 or 3.

What is the split between time spent in the classroom versus hands-on learning?

The program overall is about 70% Laboratory and 30% Lecture/Discussion

What does the school do to ensure students stay safe while in the lab?

Chabot follows all applicable local, state, federal and industry standards. Faculty and laboratory assistants monitor laboratory spaces and provide any necessary reminders and oversee instruction.

What types of processes does the lab have to ensure a clean working environment?

All classes participate in clean-up at the end of each instructional session. Faculty and support staff provide additional measures when applicable.

Does the school have access to factory software? If so, please explain.

Currently Chabot's Automotive program utilizes the following software: Toyota Techstream / TIS GM Diagnostics

What types of service and parts software are available for the students to access?

All Data Shop Key Shop Boss Pro

Is there anything else you’d like to mention about the lab environment?

Chabot College is the regional training location for: Hunter Engineering Mazda

Course Sequences

Depending on the students educational goals, we provide some suggested completion sequences. https://www.chabotcollege.edu/academics/applied-technology-business/automotive-technology/course-sequence.php

Donald Moore

Hi, my name is Don Moore and in 2016 I am celebrating 40 years in the Automotive Industry. I possess a Bachelor of Science in Higher Education Management and hold certifications as an ASE Master Technician, Maintenance and Light Repair Technician as well as an Automobile Service Consultant. I have worked in the East Bay for the majority of my career as an Automatic Transmission Rebuilder but have done all aspects of bumper to bumper auto repair, including body and paint that now days I leave for other to excel in. As an instructor/trainer I have been involved in education since 2002 where I began at Sequoia Institute more recently known as WyoTech Fremont. In 2010, I became a Performance Consultant/Field Trainer for a major automotive retailer, conducting training classes in Northern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah. I’m now here starting the Fall 2016 semester at Chabot and my passion is to help you succeed in the automotive industry. Always strive to do your best!

Jim Baum

Philosophy: I believe that every student should have the right to learn in a fun and safe environment. My job is to make sure that you will learn automotive technology theory, hands on experience, ethical business practices, and a confident approach to automotive repair. Part of what I am trying to do is make you excited about returning to class each day. I introduce you to real world experiences and a realistic view of what it will be like working in the automotive repair industry. We try to emulate the automotive industry as closely as possible. By the time you are done with the program you should be familiar with the daily tasks found in this industry. You will be prepared to enter the industry as an entry level technician, service advisor, or parts technician. Work Experience: I have been working in the automotive industry all of my adult life. I have worked at General Motors dealers from 1981-1997. I worked for Alameda County Public Works for three years, and Wyo-Tech for two years. I am a Chevrolet Master Technician, Cadillac Gold Technician, Hendrick Master Technician, ASE Master Technician, MACS Certified Instructor, and a California State Certified Journey Level Automotive Technician.

Mike Sherburne

My name is Mike Sherburne and I work in the Automotive Technology department. I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My family moved around a lot until my freshman year of high school when we landed in Campbell, California where I presently reside. I have been working professionally in the automotive industry since 1975. It started when I was a young boy, hanging out at the local gas station working in the repair shop. At the age of 16, I started working in an independent automotive repair facility and then started teaching in 1984 at a private vocational school in Fremont, California. In 1999, I started teaching for BMW of North America in their automotive repair and technology departments. I have had the privilege of teaching students that are just starting in the industry and technicians that are currently working in the field. In 2009, I began working at Chabot College implementing the only Associate of Science degree program in BMW technology west of the Mississippi. I am very happy to continue to have the privilege of working with students and helping them to achieve their goals. I have an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology, ASE Master Certified including L1, Enhanced Smog Certified Training Instructor, California State Smog license, BMW Certified, MACS Certified Instructor, and BMW certified facilitator. When I'm not at school enjoying my students, I'm at home with my family. I have a loving wife of 32 years (and counting)! We have been blessed with two children Bridgette and Daniel. In 2009, my wife and I changed our names to Lola and Grandpa. Our daughter Bridgette blessed us with a beautiful granddaughter named Danni Lorraine. I look forward to working with you here in the Automotive Technology Department at Chabot College.

Kurt Shadbolt

I have been in the automotive industry since 1985 as a technician and educator. As a technician, I have worked in both dealerships and independents, primarily on European cars. I also have experience in: Shop management, parts, cashier, dispatching and service advisor. As an educator, prior to coming to Chabot College, I had the pleasure to work with students at Mission Valley ROP, WyoTech / Sequoia Institute, BMW of North America, and MINI USA. I have been a Director of Education, overseeing and developing educational programs for WyoTech. I have also provided instruction for other educators in classroom management and curriculum development. As an instructor for BMWNA, I have provided instruction for dealership technicians, graduate level students on BMW and MINI, and BMW Level III training programs. Our training covered the technical and soft-skills necessary to be successful in today’s automotive industry. I have also provided training for other instructors on BMW technology. Education: Bachelor of Science in Higher Education Management, Florida Metropolitan University Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology, Sequoia Institute Diploma, Automotive Technology, WyoTech BMW Manufacture Training Volvo Manufacture Training License and Certifications: ASE Master Automotive Technician with L1, L3, C1 Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Certified Instructor California Advanced Smog Technician BMW Certified Facilitator California Bureau of Automotive Repair Certified Training Instructor

Erich Bass-Werner

I come from a family with a long tradition of automotive service technicians and shop owners. I worked as a professional engineer, a grand-master automotive service technician, master technician, shop foreman, and field service manager. I have been in the auto repair business since 1985 (even earlier, if I count the years helping my father in his shop when I was a teenager). So I know the business inside out since I am working in the car industry for the past 35 years. During my years working in the trade, I trained technicians, apprentices, service advisors, and technical instructors; the auto repair industry was the right choice for me and a successful endeavor. In late 2018 I was presented with the opportunity to teach, so I decided to try it as I am getting ready to complete my career at Mercedes-Benz; I am now a full-time automotive technology instructor at Chabot College, and I am enjoying it. Instructor’s Qualifications: Professional Engineer (MSEE, BSEE) Certified Professional Automotive Service Technician (Canada Inter-Provincial Red Seal) ASE Master Technician (G1, A1-A8, and L1) Certified in advanced automotive electronics (BOSCH) Certified in advanced automotive diagnosis (BOSCH) General Motors Grand Master Technician General Motors Shop Foreman BMW Certified Master Technician BMW Shop Foreman Mercedes-Benz Certified Master Technician Mercedes-Benz Shop Foreman Technical Trainer Technical Instructor Certified British Columbia Motor Vehicle Safety Inspector Certified British Columbia Emissions Inspector (Aircare) Instructor’s Education Prospect High School - Automotive Program Michigan Technological University - B.S. Electrical Engineering (Electronics, Circuits & Systems, Computer Engineering) University of Central Florida – B.S. & M.S. Electrical Engineering (Electronics, Power) Mid Florida Technical Institute – Advanced Automotive Technology Harcourt Learning Direct - Electronics Cleveland Institute of Electronics - Advanced Automotive Electronics Bosch Training Center - Certified Bosch Automotive Technician British Columbia Institute of Technology - General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program Land Rover University BMW University Training Mercedes-Benz University Memberships: SAE IEEE iATN

Ed Snider

I have been working around the automobiles most of my life. My formal education with auto mechanics started back in 1973 when I attended high school auto shop, and has continued ever since. After High School I attended Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix Az. My first automotive repair job was at an Arco station. I started working as automotive technician at a Volvo dealership in 1978. In 1979 I started working at a large Olds, Honda, Jeep and DeLorean dealership in Glendale Az. I enjoyed working on Honda’s so much I decided to specialize as a Honda Technician and worked as a Honda Master Technician at dealerships for over 25 years. During my career as a Honda Master Technician I participated in the Honda Top Tech contest five years in a row and received national recognition from Honda as one of the top 20 Honda Technicians in 1992. In 2003 I started teaching new technology and repair procedures to BMWS.T.E.P students and BMW Dealership Technicians. I started as an Automotive Technology Instructor (adjunct) here at Chabot College in 2011. My first assignment was to help 25 displaced NUMMI workers gain the knowledge and skills needed to enter the auto repair industry. Qualifications: Honda Master Technician certification ASE Master Technician / L1 certification BMW certification MACs certification California EA Smog Technician The automobiles we have today have developed into very complicated machines that require constant education by those who repair them.

Steve Kay

Steve Kay joined the Automotive Staff at Chabot College in 2016. He is also currently on the Automotive Staff for Mission Valley ROP, teaching at James Logan High School in Union City. Prior to joining both of these programs, Mr. Kay worked for Wyotech located in Fremont. Mr. Kay began there in 2003 as an Instructor and over the next 12 years saw his way to Lead Instructor, Department Chair, Assistant Director of Education, Director of Education, and also served as Interim President for a short time. When joining the staff at Sequoia Institute, later becoming Wyotech, Mr. Kay brought 25 years of knowledge and experience as a small business owner in Fremont specializing in the repair of Honda and Acura vehicles. Mr. Kay holds a Master Degree in Business Administration and has been an ASE Certified Master Mechanic since 1988, as well as a Certified State Instructor in the Smog Program. In addition to fulfilling his passion for automobiles and technology as the vehicles continue to evolve, Mr. Kay is an avid outdoorsman, adding the title of Hunter Education Instructor to his name. In his spare time, Mr. Kay has been an active member in the Elks Lodge for over 25 years, holding many positions currently serving as a Trustee, multiple Committee Chair Positions and a couple of District positions as well. As if this is not enough, Mr. Kay currently serves as a High School Football coach in Fremont. Mr. Kay has served the community as a Scout Master, Cub Master, Den Leader, baseball coach, football coach, Board member for Youth Baseball programs, member of CYO Board of Directors, Booster Club President, and served on numerous other committees to help the youth. With all the activities Mr. Kay has been involved in, his biggest accomplishment has been as a family man. He has been married for over 35 years and has two sons, both of whom have coached and one currently still does coach with him, and both share the love of the outdoors and have followed the lead of the dad to be very actively involved in giving back to the community

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