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San Diego Miramar College

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The Automotive Technology program provides both classroom theory and extensive hands on (shop) entry-level employment training as well as professional upgrading to persons in the automotive industry. The program provides training for each of the areas tested for National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification, and Bureau of Automotive Repair training for state licenses as well. Certificates of Achievement are offered in Automotive Chassis, Automotive Electrical, Automotive Engine Performance, and Automotive Transmissions. A Certificate of Performance is offered for Advanced Emissions Specialist. The program emphasis is on various automotive manufacturer products. Specific NATEF certified training in American Honda Motors, Toyota Motor Sales, and Mopar is available in designated courses. Students have the opportunity for internship training when available. If employed, student interns may work for a repair facility while concurrently receiving formal training in Automotive Technology coursework. Upon completion, the student may have the opportunity for full-time employment at that repair facility. While progressing through the training, students are strongly encouraged to obtain all 8 of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications. Manufacture Programs: Toyota T-TEN Honda PACT Mopar CAP Contact John Loewenberg at jloewenb@sdccd.edu or call 858-956-4495 for more information.


Under The Hood

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

Miramar colleges automotive department has many options towards an automotive associates degree. Our department prepares students who want to go and work in the automotive industry. The Honda, Toyota, and Mopar programs are approximately two years long and have the aim of preparing students to work in the respective manufacturer's dealership.

Is this a full or part time program?

We have full time and part time options. We offer classes in the morning and in the evening!

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

Classes are conducted in person as well as online. See the online schedule when selecting your classes for more details.

What does the program cost?

Units at San Diego Miramar College are $46 each. Each class is approximately $180. This is incredibly affordable when compared to other automotive programs.

What types of financial assistance or scholarships are available?

Financial aid information and how to apply can be found online at www.sdmiramar.edu. Scholarship information can be found at https://sdmiramar.edu/services/scholarship-office or by contacting John Loewenberg.

Describe the application process and eligibility.

Classes are available semester by semester, and anyone can enroll. The Honda and Toyota programs start once a year. Contact John Loewenberg for more info.

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

Honda and Toyota students are expected to work 640 paid hours at a local dealership. These hours are an graduation requirement for their manufacture training.

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

The majority of our automotive students go and work in the automotive industry.

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

The Bureau of Labor estimates automotive service technicians make an annual wage of approximately $51,540.

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

We offer career programs. If you want to work professionally on cars, our school is for you.

What general and specialty tools does the school provide?

We supply top tier tools and equipment through Snap-On and Matco.

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

We only require students bring Personal Protection equipment such as safety glasses, steel toe boots, and gloves. The college provides tools and equipment for classroom and lab instruction.

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

Students are continuously getting one-on-one time. Generally, students work in groups of two or three. The instructor spreads time out equally.

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

Typically 30-40 minute of lecture to every two hours of lab time.

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

The college follows OSHA laws and guidelines and SP2 safety standards. Student safety is our #1 priority.

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

The lab has two full time Instructional Technicians as well as a team from facilities management to ensure clean and safe working conditions for students.

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

The school has manufacture software scan-tools for every vehicle make and model. Manufacture specific classes use the appropriate scan tool required by manufacturer. We use Matco, Snap-On, Verus, Autel, Honda Diagnostic system, Toyota TechStream, and Chrysler WiTECH.

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

Students will use Mitchell or manufacture software to determine labor hours and parts ordering.

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

Stop by for a full tour of our facility! You can also find virtual tours on the college website.

Auto 156G Engine and Related Systems

This course provides a detailed study of the internal combustion engine. Students learn how to disassemble engines, identify and measure parts, and reassemble engines properly. Other topics include fuel, electrical, cooling, and lubrication systems reviews. This course is designed to prepare students for the automotive service excellence ASE certification A1. This course is degree applicable and transferable to a CSU.

Auto 161G Basic Electrical Systems

This course covers basic automotive electrical principles, body wiring, and starting and charging systems. Topics include the construction, operation, and function of automotive electrical components. This course is intended for students majoring in automotive technology or others interested in automotive electrical systems. This course is Degree applicable and transferable to a CSU.

Auto 162G Advanced Electrical

This course prepare students to diagnose and repair complex electrical/electronic systems used in modern automobiles. Topics include a review of the principles of electrical circuits, the study of electrical devices, the use of test equipment to diagnose malfunctions, and the examination of various computerized control systems. This course emphasizes the development of a systematic diagnostic and repair procedure. Also included is an introduction to hybrid vehicle operation, safety, service, and emergency response. This course prepare students for the automotive service excellence certification A6. This course is degree applicable and transferable to a CSU.

Auto 167G Advanced Engine Performance

This course builds on the skills learned in the engine performance course, with an emphasis on engine diagnostics. Topics include an in-depth study of system monitors, engine misfire, oxygen and air fuel sensors. The course covers fuel systems as well as a emission control systems. This course prepare students for the automotive service excellence certification L1. This course is degree applicable and transferable to a CSU.

Auto 176G Automotive Brake Systems

This course covers brake system diagnosis and replacement procedures. Topics include inspection and measurement of brake components; resurfacing of brake drums and disc rotors; hydraulics, wheel cylinders, disc calipers, and master cylinders; brake bleeding; adjustment and repair of drum/disc brakes; and diagnosis of power assist units and computer-controlled brake systems. This course prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A5 certification and is intended for students majoring in automotive technology. This course is degree applicable and transferable to a CSU.

Auto 178G Suspension and Steering

This course covers the theory and repair of automotive suspension, steering, and handling systems. Topics include the design and operation of all components of suspension, steering, four-wheel steering, tires and wheels, and four-wheel alignment of late-model automobiles and light-duty trucks. This course prepares students for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A4 certification. This course is degree applicable and transferable to a CSU.

Auto 153G Intro to Automotive Technology

This course provides an overview of the automotive industry, a basic understanding of how each system within an automobile works, and an introduction to automotive safety procedures. Topics include the use of basic automotive hand, power, and lifting tools, major measuring instruments, automotive diagnostics, and other devices and procedures used by automotive technicians. This course is intended for beginning automotive technology students or anyone interested in the automotive industry. This course is degree applicable and transferable to a CSU.

Auto 174G Automatic Transmissions/Axles

This course covers the principles and operation of hydraulically and electronically controlled transmissions and transaxles. Topics include hydraulics, components, power flow, and the development of a systematic approach to diagnosis and repair. This course prepares students for the automotive service excellence certification A2. This course is degree applicable and transferable to a CSU.

David Jenson

Meet Dave! One of our part time instructors. He started working at Sears in the automotive department back in the day in 1973! Started working at Volkswagen Peugeot in 1977 then to Mercedes Benz in 1979. He has an Bachelor’s of science from California Polytechnic.

Joseph Young

Joseph Young is our department chair as well as our Honda PACT Coordinator. ASE master and top tech winner of 2000. He started working on vehicles professionally in 1976 for Ford motor company. From 1984-2004 he worked for Volvo until joining us here at Miramar.

Mark Dinger

Meet “Brother” Mark! He has been our Toyota T-Ten instructor since 2004, and is still going strong. Mark started working on cars at Toyota in 1969. He is an ASE Master. When he's not working, you can find him surfing at La Jolla shores in the early AM.

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