Our Programs

Auto & Diesel Repair

Through Rancho Cielo’s Auto & Diesel Repair Program, students develop automotive knowledge and a basic level of training in the safety, servicing, and maintenance of gas and diesel engine vehicles. Additionally, students benefit from an integrated Classic Car Restoration program, which provides an overview of ignition and electrical systems, and body and fender repair and painting. Upon completion, students emerge prepared for real-world positions in the transportation sector, including vehicle collision and refinishing.

CERTIFICATIONS

Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) Principles of Small Engine Technology

Southwest Airlines Professional Communications Certification

BENEFITS OF ALL PROGRAMS

Essential Resources and Wellness Services

Transportation Access

Skill Enhancement

Enriching Experiences

SCHEDULE

Monday – Thursday:
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Friday:
9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

PROGRAM DATES

August through June. Approximately 10 months to complete.

Ongoing/open enrollment

ELIGIBILITY

Ages 16 to 24

Not a high school graduate (has not earned a high school diploma)

  • Field trips and events such as Canepa Motorsports Museum, Universal Technical Institute (Sacramento), Laguna Seca Raceway, Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, and more.
  • Hands-on projects, including small engine assembly and disassembly. 
  • Use of state-of-the-art industry equipment, including a HUNTER wheel balancer and tire changing machine, diagnostic scanner, tire pressure monitoring systems, and enhanced battery system tester. 
  • Automotive or diesel service technician and mechanic
  • Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanic
  • Classic automotive mechanic
  • Restoration technician

Coursework also prepares students to pursue post-secondary training, industry certifications, and college courses.

Auto Diesel Technology Course Sequences

This introductory course offers first-year students the skills and knowledge required for an entry-level position in the systems diagnostics, service, and repair of vehicles of the twenty-first century. The instruction concentrates on but is not limited to the fundamentals of shop safety, tool identification and proper use, basic repairs, and maintenance.

This course focuses on areas such as system diagnosis, advanced service, maintenance, and repair. The instruction concentrates on support systems, including engine performance, braking, steering, cooling, electrical/electronic components, transmissions, and differentials.

This course provides students with the opportunity to function in a variety of roles and requires them to demonstrate competency in the skills and knowledge acquired in previous courses. Students will participate in work-based learning opportunities, which can lead to internships. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position at a vehicle repair facility and qualify for industry-recognized certifications.  

Classic Car Structural Repair Course Sequences

This course offers first-year students the skills and knowledge required for an entry-level position in structural repair and refinishing of classic motor-driven vehicles. The instruction concentrates on the fundamentals of collision repair and refinishing, with an emphasis on safety and proper tool use and identification. Students are introduced to spot, MIG, and oxy/acetylene welding as well as panel repair, sanding, taping, masking, and painting.

This course builds on the knowledge and skills obtained in the introductory course and provides more focus on proficiency in spot and MIG welding, full panel replacement and preparation, painting, and refinishing. Students will become familiar with the entire repair process from estimation through final fit and finish as well as interior, upholstery, and detailing work.

This course will provide students with the opportunity to function in a variety of roles in structural repair and refinishing of classic cars. Students will demonstrate competency in the skills and knowledge acquired in previous courses and participate in work-based learning opportunities, which can lead to internships. Students who successfully complete the course of study will qualify for industry-recognized certifications and are prepared for an entry-level position at a vehicle collision and refinishing facility.

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