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Automotive Services

The Field

Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain and repair the cars and trucks that you rely on every day. They solve mysteries. They tell people how things work, or why they don’t. Most of all, they fix things.

Collision repair and paint technicians keep those cars and trucks looking good. They fix dents, scratches or damage from accidents. Or they re-paint them if that’s damaged or faded.

They all get their hands dirty and work with high-tech gadgets and electronic components to keep us on the road.

The Outlook

Anywhere you find cars and trucks, you’ll find service technicians to keep them running and collision and paint technicians to keep them looking good. Demand is especially high right here in the Bay Area.

Most work for dealerships or other repair shops. But they also work a lot of places you might never have considered. Transit systems, utility companies, government offices, part shops, and delivery services like the post office also employ auto technicians. Even outside the auto industry, employers like people who can solve mechanical problems.

For more information about entry-level jobs as an auto service tech, like how many are available and how much you could earn in one, check out the Maintenance and Repair Worker and other pages at our online Career Coach. You can also use it to find out more about jobs for auto body and paint technicians, like Automotive Body and Related Repairer or Painter. Or to learn more about jobs you could qualify for after gaining more education or experience, like Master Mechanic and Systems Inspector.

Many employers have a hard time finding men and women with the hands-on education they want to fill the open positions they have. So experience at a school like Contra Costa College could be what you need to land that next job, raise or promotion.

Our Program

At Contra Costa College, you’ll learn everything by doing it, hands-on.

You’ll spend more than two thirds of your time in an impressive on-campus auto shop, working with many different vehicles and the latest tools. Our Certificate of Achievement in Automotive Services even counts as one year of professional experience toward your Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. And our reputation among professionals is great.

If you want all the training you need to start a career as a service tech or collision repair tech, we’ve got you.

If you’re an experienced professional looking to take your career to the next level with our evening Hybrid Technician or another professional certification program, we can help with that, too.

We’re also a great place to start if you’re looking to transfer to a four-year university with an associate’s degree.

Because, best of all, at Contra Costa College you’re supported by great instructors and staff, fellow students who share your goals and an involved group of industry advisers who make sure our program is top-notch. We even have a career center to help you find jobs, apply and prepare for interviews. We’re with you, all the way.NATEF Accreditation Logo

So why not check out the program, see if we can help you pay for college or even get the ball rolling and apply now?