The automotive industry has seen vast changes in system controls since the advent of tighter emission and mileage standards set by the federal government. These changes have created a drastic need for technicians able to adapt rapidly to changes in design and technology.
The job market for automotive mechanics and technicians has been recognized by Santa Fe College. In response to industry requests, a training program has been developed to meet the needs of all industry and provide the best possible training for future automotive technicians.
A student now entering the program should plan on progressing through 1,800 hours of training. This training provides hands- on experience on all systems of the vehicle along with computer-enhanced learning experiences to emphasize theory and diagnostic procedures.
Completion of all classes will lead to a certificate of completion in Automotive Service Technology and should enable the student to enter the workforce as a general line mechanic or a specialty technician.
The instruction, course of study, facilities and equipment of the Automotive Program have been evaluated and certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). They meet the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards of quality for the training of automobile technicians in the following areas: electrical systems, manual transmissions and drive trains; engine performance, automatic transmissions/transaxles; engine repair, brakes, heating and air conditioning, suspension and steering.
The program has received state and national awards from the Automotive Industry Planning Council (AIPC), composed of members of the National Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), representatives of the automobile manufacturing industry and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.