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Automotive Technology

Student working on a car engine.

Main Office: (575) 527-7590
The automobile has always created a steady demand for automotive technicians. Today, automotive service is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation, and career opportunities are expanding rapidly. The Automotive Technology program at Doña Ana Community College is certificated by NATEF/ASE (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation/Automotive Service Excellence) and is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position as a line technician, shop foreman, service writer, service manager, or business owner. Completing courses, certificates, and/or degrees from an NATEF certified school will enhance students’ ability to gain employment as well as better prepare them to become NATEF certified. Students are trained using state-of-the-art equipment. In the laboratories, they practice the same service and repair techniques required of any professional service technician working in the real world. Each class includes a number of carefully selected competencies that must be mastered in order to successfully complete the program. Students are trained in —
• Engine service
• Manual drive train and axles
• Brakes
• Heating and air conditioning
• Automatic transmission/transaxle
• Suspension and steering
• Electrical systems
• Fuel and emissions
• Engine performance
The Automotive Technology program also offers two commercial driving classes (CDL), AUTO 130 and 131, that prepare students for the CDL exam.

Automotive Technology:

•  Automotive Technology (Associate of Applied Science)
•  Automotive Technology (Certificate of Completion)

Contact Information

Contact any of our professional faculty and staff for more information and advising.
Joe Retana - (575) 527-7754 - jRetana@dacc.nmsu.edu 
Wade Matthews - (575) 527-7589 - wmatthews@dacc.nmsu.edu 
John Pineda - (575) 527-7594 - jpineda@dacc.nmsu.edu 
George Ruiz - (575) 527-7589 - gruiz@dacc.nmsu.edu 
Megan Hernandez - (575) 527-7242 - mhernandez@dacc.nmsu.edu

Course Descriptions:

For course descriptions on any of our program classes, please go to the link(s) below that correspond to your specific field of study.

Aerospace Technology – http://catalog.nmsu.edu/aert
Automation & Manufacturing Tech. - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/mat
Automotive Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/auto
Building Construction Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/bct
Creative Media Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/cmt
Drafting and Design Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/drft
Electronics Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/elt
Environmental & Energy Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/tcen
HVAC - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/hvac
Water Technology – http://catalog.nmsu.edu/watr
Welding Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/weld

Student Activities and Clubs

All Automotive Technology students are encouraged to join SkillsUSA,
which membership provides students an opportunity to develop their leadership
skills and to become proficient in public speaking and parliamentary
procedure. SkillsUSA also offers students an opportunity to demonstrate
their occupational skills through competitions that are held annually on
both the state and national level.