Transportation Technology

two students working on a vehicleAre you fascinated by the design and mechanics of machines, and want to turn your interest into a future career? The College of Alameda offers unique, immersive vocational programs in several fields of transportation maintenance and repair. In as little as two years you can earn a certificate of achievement in your field of study, or an AS degree with the completion of the General Educational requirements in addition to the field coursework.

Prepare for a rewarding and well-paying career in one of the transportation technologies:

Enter the job market as a trained and highly qualified apprentice mechanic or technician, or continue toward a Baccalaureate degree in an advanced school of technology. Award-winning programs prepare students to earn Certificates of Completion or an Associate in Science degree. Most courses are transferable to California State University programs.


Auto Body & Paint

Student painting vehicle partThe Auto Body and Paint program prepares students to enter the job market as trained and qualified technicians. Students can choose to specialize in chassis and electrical repair or paint and refinishing. After completing the program students can continue toward a Baccalaureate degree in advanced schools of technology, as teachers, or to broaden their skills in management, design or business. Lecture and laboratory instruction covers safety, trade ethics, use of hand and power tools, as well as theory, repair and painting of automobiles.


Automotive Technology

three auto tech students standing together next to car with hood openThe College of Alameda ATECH program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), and was recognized as the “Best Auto Mechanics Training Program” in California in 1999 and again in 2002 by the Industry Planning Council of the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association. College of Alameda is also part of the Toyota Associates Program, providing College of Alameda ATECH students with specialized Toyota training and affording them special opportunities towards job placement in local Toyota dealerships.

Instruction covers safety, trade ethics, use of hand and power tools, as well as the theory, repair and testing of automobiles and their components. Special emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and repair of electronic and computer control systems in late model automobiles.


Aviation Maintenance

stduents working on the wing of a small plane

Located in the facility adjacent to the Oakland International Airport, this is a hands-on program that prepares students to enter the job market as aviation technicians, or to pursue a higher aeronautical degree. Depending on their interests, students can choose a focus in either airframe or powerplant technology. Airframe maintenance deals with the mechanics and design of an aircraft, while powerplant maintenance deals with the complex propulsion systems that supply power to an aircraft.




Diesel Mechanics

Diesel students in classThe Diesel Mechanics program in heavy duty truck and diesel mechanics prepares students to enter the job market as beginning mechanics or apprentices in this field, and allows students to continue their education toward the Baccalaureate degree in advanced schools of technology or as teachers in this field of specialization, or to broaden their skills in areas of management. Instruction includes the use of hand and power tools, elementary through advanced principles of diesel engines theory and operation; maintenance and repair of automotive and marine-type diesel engines and auxiliary equipment; and use of testing equipment.