Automotive Technology

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

DEGREE AND CERTIFICATES OFFERED

  • Associate in Applied Science, Automotive Technology (63-64 credits) enables you to enter the workforce and seek employment in various areas of the automotive industry or related technical fields. Requirements for the AAS degree

  • Certificate of Achievement, Automotive Technology (30 credits) is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills required to enter the automotive industry with the goal of becoming an automotive technician. Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

  • Certificate of Competence, Automotive Technology (15 credits) is designed to prepare you for an entry-level position in the automotive repair industry. Requirements for the Certificate of Competence

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.

TIME AND COSTS

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

CAREER INFORMATION

For current information on jobs here in Hawaii: Career Coach

PROGRAM FACULTY

Milton Ayakawa, Instructor CC, Automotive Technology; CA, 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

Jeff Eligio, Instructor CC, Automotive Technology; CA, AS, Leeward Community College; Certified Ford Motor Company Master Technician; Certified Automotive Technician by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE); Certified Mechanic, State of Hawai‘i ; Certified PMVI inspector (Safety Inspection), State of Hawai‘i.

Mark F. Lacasandile, Instructor CC, Automotive Technology; AS Leeward Community College; Certified Master Technician by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE); Certified Advance Level ASE Technician (L1);  Annual Automotive Safety Inspector;  Certified Mechanics License- State of Hawai‘i Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board; Toyota Team 21 Certified

Nolan Miyahara, Instructor CC, Automotive Technology; CA, AS, Automotive Technology, Leeward Community College, Advanced Engine Technology, Honolulu Community College; Certified Master Technician by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (ASE); Certified Advanced Level ASE Technician; Toyota Team 21 and Hybrid Certified; Certified Mechanic, State of Hawai‘i.

Eric M. K. Pang, Professor CC, Automotive Technology; AS, Automotive Technology, AA, Leeward Community College Community; B.Ed., Trades & Industry Education, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; Certified Master Automotive Technician by the National Automotive Institute for Service Excellence (ASE);  Certified Mechanic License – State of Hawai‘i Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board

Kelton Taniguchi, Automotive Lab Manager; AA, Liberal Arts, CC, CA, AAS Automotive Technology, Leeward Community College; BA, General Business Administration, University of Hawaii-West Oahu; ASE Certified Master Technician; ASE Advanced Level Technician; Certified Mechanic, State of Hawaii.

MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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