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The Automotive Technology program at Golden West College is designed to provide students with the opportunity to successfully prepare for careers in the automotive service industry as entry-level technicians or other related occupations. For those technicians presently working in the field, advanced course work is also available to meet state licensing requirements or to pursue promotional opportunities.

GWC is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and its courses and instructions align with NATEF requirements and standards.

Program Highlights

  • The best in Auto Technology training! Golden West College is NATEF certified through evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
  • Auto Technology courses align with high industry standards identified by NATEF
  • Instructors are well qualified to teach in their areas of expertise and are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), which has national prominence and recognition by the automotive industry.
  • The lab facilities, operations and equipment reflect industry standards, enabling students an easier transition into employment opportunities.
  • We offer internships, also scholarship opportunities with the Orange County Auto Dealers Association (OCADA).
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Business and Career Education

Christopher "Chris" Whiteside
Executive Dean Business and Career Education

For more information contact:
Diana Rochat
(714) 988-4366

Division Office
(714) 895-8792

Properly trained individuals stand to earn a good living working as automotive technicians.  And there are stepping stone opportunities that begin with a solid background in auto service and repair training. With vehicles lasting longer, good technicians are needed to service and repair these vehicles.





There is work out there for those individuals willing to work hard and acquire the proper training. Here at Golden West Auto Technology, we are training students not only how to properly fix cars, but we’re also encouraging them to develop the mindset for future supervisor and manager positions in the auto service and repair industry.  One of these individuals might be you!

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Chair: John Kasabian
Instructor, Automotive Technology
A.S.E. Certified Master Automobile Technician
B.A. Degree in Sociology University of California, Santa Barbara, A.A. Degree Automotive Technology Cerritos College,
Certificate of Achievement Automotive Technology Manufacture Specialty General Motors ASEP graduate


Bryan Kramer
Instructor, Automotive Technology
Master’s Degree in Education – National University
Teaching Credential in Industrial Arts – National University
Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish – Calif. State University, Long Beach
Certificate of Achievement in Machine Technology, Orange Coast College,

Mike Russell
Instructor, Automotive Technology
A.S.E. Certified Master Automobile Technician
B.A. Degree in Career and Technical Education – CSUSB
Teaching Credential for Automotive Repair

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