This NATEF/AYES accredited course offers entry-level employment skills for students completing one school year. The program consists of two phases, each taught by ASE-certified technicians with many years of automotive repair and diagnostic experience. Classrooms and shops are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and training tools. Industry partners offer input regarding the training needs of today’s entry-level technicians. The program also focuses on career readiness skills that are necessary for the student’s professional development. Summer internships and job placement opportunities are available to top students. The second year of training is available and concentrates on live work and advanced training. SVCTE’s automotive training can lead to other opportunities such as service writing, parts counter person, porter, and parts driver.


    • General Service Technician
    • Suspension and steering
    • Service at garages or dealerships
    • Electrical
    • Engine performance
    • Engine repair
    • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)

    Class Benefits

    • 30 high school credits earned per year
    • Develop skills leading to a highly paid, high demand job

    Earned Outside of (Following) the Class

    • ASE Certification A-1 thru A-8
    • ASE G1 Certification

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    Certifications Earned Within the Class

    • Class completion certificate
    • 609 Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning (MVAC) Certification

    Job Opportunities Upon Completion

    • Porter
    • Lube technician
    • Tire service technician
    • Light duty technician
    • Parts counter person
    • Alignment technician
    • Entry-level automotive technician

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    About the Instructor

    The Automotive Services program is taught by automotive experts Jimmy Walker and Tom Nemeth. Each instructor teaches an eighteen-week portion of the program. Students then rotate to the other instructor specializing in another area of expertise. All Instructors are ASE Certified in the automotive industry. Combined, both instructors have over 47 years of industry experience.

    Tom Nemeth

    Auto Services instructor Tom Nemeth knows the importance of creating a challenging technical experience combined with a diverse academic curriculum for students. Nemeth comes to SVCTE with years of retail and corporate automotive experience, and it all started with a high school automotive vocational education and dealership internship. An ASE Master Automobile Technician, Toyota Master Technician, Nissan Technician, and a tinkerer of sports cars, Nemeth has always been enthusiastic about the automotive industry. His experience includes various positions for Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai, and Tesla. Nemeth is a graduate from Hartnell College, University of San Francisco, and Boston College. 

    Why do you teach Career and Technical Education? 

    Teaching automotive CTE is very rewarding. I am influencing students to visualize success and feel accomplished. Students are developing skills that will last their lifetime. 

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