The Automotive Technology Program at Cuesta College is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) in all eight automotive training areas. Cuesta's master automotive program meets ASE/NATEF requirements for academic, laboratory facilities, and teacher qualifications to ensure effective and comprehensive training.


The Cuesta College automotive staff welcomes you to the automotive trade. We look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your career goal in the stimulating, rewarding, and satisfying field of automotive technology. The automotive field is rated third highest in job opportunities in the U.S. At Cuesta, our modern equipment and skilled teachers can help you become a mechanic, technician, body repair or other specialist.

The Cuesta College Automotive Program offers nine Specialist Proficiency Certificates and an Associate in Science Degree in Automotive Technology. To qualify for the A.S. Degree, you must complete six Certificates of Proficiency in Automotive Technology.

The Cuesta College Automotive Technology Program enjoys the reputation of being one of the foremost automotive training programs in California. The demand for Cuesta College automotive graduates as entry-level technicians exceeds the supply of students completing the program.

Cuesta College Automotive Students are known for winning awards and scholarships. Students consistently win awards and medals at regional and state VICA Skills Competitions. Each year, numerous scholarships are awarded to Cuesta College Automotive students including two awards, each for $1,000.00 worth of tools.


The Automotive Instructors at Cuesta College have many years of experience in the automotive industry. Our instructors are:

Jonathan Blackketter  - Part Time

Greg Boswell  - Part Time

Richard Leonard  - Part Time

John Stokes  - Full Time

Gary Villa - Full Time, Department Lead instructor.


To contact any of our instructors, click on their name to send an e-mail.


As long as there are vehicles on the road, there will always be a need for highly skilled automotive technicians. Today, there is a shortage of 60,000 automotive maintenance and repair technicians. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 168,000 automotive repair jobs will be created between now and 2005.

If you like diagnosing and solving problems and are fascinated with cars and how they work, then a high-tech career as an automotive technician may be just the career for you. Armed with this training, you will have job mobility and the security of knowing that your skills will always be in demand, anywhere.


Certificates of Proficiency may be earned in the following areas:


As a technician in Engine Performance, you will be working with the high tech systems of computer controls, fuel systems, and electronic systems, diagnosing problems and affecting repairs.


As an Engine Repair Technician, you will be overhauling and rebuilding engines restoring them to like-new condition.


As a Brakes Specialist you will be diagnosing problems and repairing systems used to stop the vehicle, including anti-lock brake systems. Click here for syllabus.


As a Chassis & Suspension Specialist, you will be diagnosing problems, rebuilding suspension systems, doing wheel alignments, and repairing steering systems. Click here for syllabus.


An Electrical Systems Specialist diagnoses and repairs problems found in the many electrical systems on modern cars including power seats & windows, sound systems, lighting & accessory systems.


Heating & Air Conditioning Specialists are responsible for the proper operation and servicing of climate control systems including heating, air conditioning, and automatic temperature controls.


An Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Specialist services and repairs the mechanical and electronic marvels known as power train components in the modern car.


A manual Drive Trains Specialist services and rebuilds clutches, manual transmissions, drive shafts, and differential assemblies.


Whenever a car gets into a collision or needs a new paint job, it is the responsibility of the auto body technician to restore the vehicle to pre-accident condition. This calls for precision measuring, metal straightening, welding, and painting expertise. This person must also be knowledgeable in mechanical and electrical repairs.


The Cuesta College Automotive Technology Program stays abreast of the ever changing technology of automotive repair. The program not only prepares students for entry-level jobs, but also provides retraining or update training for technicians who are currently employed in the local industry. Cuesta College is certified by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair for teaching the Clean Air Car Course.


For more information, contact the Cuesta College Engineering and Technology Division:

(805) 546-3264 or email Vicki Simonson, Division Assistant



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