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    Automotive Technician

Automotive Technician Apprenticeship Program

Test-drive vehicles and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices. Inspect vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made. Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers’ performance specifications. Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes. Estimate costs of vehicle repair.


Average Salary in New Mexico based on the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Who Can Be an Automotive Technician?

Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older. A high school diploma, General Educational Development (GED) equivalency, or other high school equivalency credential is required. Applicant must provide an official transcript(s) for high school and any post-high school education. Applicant must submit the GED certificate or other high school equivalency credential if applicable.

Applicants must successfully complete the first semester of San Juan College’s General Automotive Technician A.S. degree, certificate program, or equivalent training. Previous training will be evaluated by the admissions office and the dean of the applicable trade to determine equivalent training. Applicants who believe they have the required training can choose to test out of a course according to San Juan College policies.

Applicants will be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen.

Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and submit a full motor vehicle record with their application. Upon acceptance into the program and prior to being employed, applicants must be insurable per the employer’s insurance requirements.

Program Sponsor

San Juan College
4601 College Blvd.
Farmington, NM 87402

Tanda McCombe
(505) 566-3225

To obtain general information about registered apprenticeship, please fill out the form below and a representative from the State Apprenticeship Office will contact you by email. 

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