Automotive Technology

Automotive students working under the hood on an engine

Accelerate your career!

Do you enjoy seeing how things work or taking mechanical items apart? Do you love cars—their engines, their complexity, their freedom? Turn your love of cars into a high-paying career!

You’ll gain the skills and competencies necessary for a successful career as an automotive technician. You’ll understand and achieve the work habits and attitudes necessary to work in a highly competitive field, and how to keep ahead of the latest technological changes in the automotive field. 

The program offers hands-on shop training by certified instructors (Automotive Service Excellence) with years of real-world experience in the industry.

You’ll be trained in competencies prescribed by NATEF and the ASE for technician certification in the following service/repair areas:

  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • Brakes
  • Electrical Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Engine Repair
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • and Suspension & Steering

About the Program

  • Ford ASSET Option
    Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) is a Statewide program sponsored by Ford Motor Company, Ford and Lincoln/Mercury Dealers and Leeward CC. It is a unique two-year work-study experience designed to develop entry-level service technicians for Ford and Lincoln/Mercury dealerships proficient in the latest automotive service technologies and methods.
     
    The ASSET program leads to an AAS degree. The program also enables graduates to make advancements in their career paths. The cost of tools and supplies is approximately $1,120. Students interested in enrolling in ASSET should see the AMT ASSET Instructor.

The time to complete the certificates or the degree varies from one to four semesters. To obtain the associate degree in two years, you have to take an average of 15 credits/semester.

Costs: tuition and fees

Associate in Applied Science Automotive Technology Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the professional skills and knowledge required in the automotive industry.
  • Apply safety procedures required in shop practices.
  • Apply the principles necessary for the practical applications within the automotive industry.

Certificate of Achievement in Automotive Technology Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the professional skills and knowledge required in the automotive industry.
  • Apply safety procedures required in shop practices.
  • Apply the principles necessary for the practical applications within the automotive industry.

Certificate of Competence in Automotive Technology Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the professional skills and knowledge required in the automotive industry.
  • Apply safety procedures required in shop practices.
  • Apply the principles necessary for the practical applications within the automotive industry.

Milton Ayakawa, Instructor CC, Automotive Technology; CC, AS Leeward Community College; Certified Master Technician by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE); Certified Advanced Level ASE Technician; Master Technician, Toyota; Certified Mechanic, State of Hawai‘i

Jacob Darakjian, Jr., Professor CC, Automotive Technology; A.S., Automotive Technology, Leeward Community College; Master Technician, NRI Institute Washington, D.C.; Specialist, Electrical & Tune-up, NRI Institute Washington, D.C.; Certified Technician, Automotive, State of Hawai‘i; Certified Technician, Motorcycle, State of Hawai‘i; Certificate, Honda Training Corp.; Certificate, Outboard Marine Corporation; Graduate in Research Development and Telecommunications Service; Certified General Motors Electronics Instructor; Certified Automotive Technician by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE); Certified Ford Motor Company Instructor; Certified Advanced Level (ASE)

Mark Ishisaka, Instructor CC, Automotive Technology: AS Leeward Community College; Certified Automobile Technician by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Certified Advanced Level ASE Technician; State of Hawai‘i Certified Mechanic

Eric Pang, Professor CC, Automotive Technology; A.S., Automotive Technology, A.A., Leeward Community College; B.Ed., Trades & Industry Education, University of Hawai‘i; Certified Automotive Technician by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE); Certified General Automotive Mechanic; License-State of Hawai‘i Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board; Certified Mechanic License

Ejaz Dean, B&B Auto Repair

Kyle Farmer, BG Products

Gary Gibo, Honolulu Ford

Dan Kawamoto, Cutter Dodge

Ken Nakamoto, The Tony Group

Ivan Nitta, Honolulu Community College

Tyler Okamura, Leilehua High School

The Automotive Technology program is accredited by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).