Automotive Specialist - Training Program
Start your career in Automotive Repair

Career training for a job in the automotive repair industry

In this hands-on program, you’ll get the skills you need for an entry-level job in the rapidly growing field of automotive repair. You’ll learn automotive theory, OSHA safety standards, customer service and auto-related math. After learning how to troubleshoot carburetor systems, emission control systems, and brake systems, you’ll be assigned hands-on projects to do the necessary repairs. Once you graduate, we’ll help you land a job in the automotive repair field.


What you’ll learn in the Automotive Specialist job training program:

  • Shop Safety
  • Applied Math in an Automotive Context
  • Automotive Theory
  • Carburetor Systems
  • Emissions Control Systems
  • Engine Tuning
  • Brake Systems
  • Wheel Alignment and Balancing
  • Basic Computers
  • Customer Service
  • Job preparation, including interview and resume skills
  Automotive Specialist - Training Program

Say yes to CET Automotive Specialist!

New career in 7-8 months?* yes!
Job Placement Assistance? yes!
Support Services? yes!
Financial Aid Assistance for those who qualify? yes!
Training supplies, books and uniforms included in tuition?** yes!

*Average program length based on attendance. ** Subject to change without notice.


FAQ about the Automotive Specialist repair job training program:

Where do the Automotive Specialist job training classes take place?
Train for a job in car repair on CET’s campuses in Colton, CA and San Jose, CA. In addition to the classroom learning, you’ll have access to a fully stocked auto repair garage for hands-on learning.
How long does it take to finish Automotive Specialist job training program?
With 30 hours a week of attendance, students usually finish the 810 hour program in 7-8 months.
When does the next Automotive Specialist class start?
Right now! Right now! CET’s open enrollment means once your application is completed you can start the next day.
What types of jobs can I find after I graduate?
When you’re trained as an automotive specialist, you’re qualified for a variety of jobs in the automotive repair field, including:
  • Mechanic
  • Auto technician
  • Heavy line technician
  • Auto mechanic apprentice
  • A/C technician
  • Brake repairer
  • Brake drum lathe operator
  • Tire installer
  • Lube technician
  • Tune-up mechanic
  • Front end mechanic
How soon after graduation will I start working in the automotive repair field?
Every student’s experience is different, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the automotive industry has a higher than average job growth. To see what the job outlook is like for mechanics where you live, go to and plug in your state in the section for “Wages and Employment Trends.” And with CET’s job placement assistance, you will always have ready help to find the right job.
What can I expect to make as an automotive technician?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shared this information (see below) about what people can make as an auto technician. Remember that this is only an average- depending on where you live, the wages can be higher or lower. To see how much mechanics earn in your region, go to and plug in your state in the section for “Wages and Employment Trends.” Wages & Employment Trends* For Automotive Specialty Technician
Median wages 2017 $19.20 hourly, $39,550 annual
Employment 2014 750,000 employees
Projected job openings 2016-2026 75,600

*Data as of August 2018. For additional information, including details on associated occupations, national and state wage and employment statistics, go to

How much does it cost and how can I pay for the Automotive Specialist job training program?
The auto specialist program costs $14,221, including your training supplies, books, uniforms and tools. If you qualify for financial aid, you may be eligible to receive grants, scholarships and/or federal student loans.
What if I didn’t graduate from high school or don’t have my GED?
At CET you may have options without them. Be sure to tell the Admissions Department so they can guide you through the eligibility process.
How big are the classes?
Class size is approximately 20-25 students and varies by the type of program.
Do you provide any certificates needed by employers?
The Automotive Specialist certificate shows an employer that you are ready for an entry level position in the automotive repair industry.
What do I need to get started? Are there any high school math classes I need to get started?
No. You’ll get everything you need in the class, including vocational English and math. Additional one on one tutoring is available, if needed.
CET is national, but what about the graduation and job placement rates for Automotive Specialist in my CET location?
Good question! When you’re making decisions about your future, it’s important to be as informed as possible. To see statistics about CET’s program performance, click on the CET location below to access the Federal Student Right to Know and State Program Performance Fact Sheets*. Remember- we’re here to help. Contact your local CET Admissions Department for additional information or assistance. Automotive Specialist is offered at the following locations:

*Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industry. Links to non-CET sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.