Light Automotive Mechanic

Prerequisites & Requirements

This program of study

  • Requires students to be California residents
  • Requires students to demonstrate their ability to benefit from training

Program Description & Educational Objectives

The objective of the Light Automotive Mechanic program of study is to prepare students for employment as entry level basic automotive mechanics. Upon successful completion of the program students will:

  • Know how to use, care, and store tools and equipment used in automotive maintenance and repair
  • Understand how an engine operates and the maintenance it requires
  • Be familiar with a vehicles lighting, electrical, and charging systems
  • Be able to diagnose and repair a vehicle’s starting and fuel injection systems
  • Identify a vehicles drivetrain and components
  • Understand the workings of the suspension system


Module Description Clock Hours
1 Automobile Service Technology 18
2 Suspension & Steering 48
3 Brake Systems 48
4 Electrical / Electronic Systems 48
5 Engine Repair 30
6 Engine Performance 54
7 Maintenance and Light Repair 90

Modes & Methods of Instruction

Classroom lecture and practicum exercises in laboratory and/or clinical settings will be blended with computer-based discussions, examinations, and assignments to teach the material. Training will be comprised of assigned reading, discussion, hands on instruction, and demonstration. Computer-based instruction is monitored and graded.


  • Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach by Jack Erjavec - Delmar Cengage Learning (5th Edition)


Class Days/Hours Standard Length Maximum Time Allowable Total Clock Hours
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
12 weeks 18 weeks 336
Monday - Thursday
6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
28 weeks 42 weeks 240
Saturday & Sunday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
28 weeks 42 weeks 240

How can we help you? Contact us for a FREE personal evaluation.

Enrolling »
Programs Offered »
Student Services »