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Automotive Technology Program in Aurora, CO

The Automotive Technology Program provides students with the needed skills and attitudes for successful entry into an automotive servicing career. This field has many opportunities for employment. The industry is very short of new technicians and these are very good paying jobs. The Automotive Technology Program prepares students to enter the career field. This is a college level program that is NATEF certified, just like the expensive private colleges. But, unlike the private colleges, you only pay for 15 more community college credits at CCA you earn your Associates degree of Applied Science.

We not only teach you how to fix a car; but also, how to go out and get a job after completing school. The shop has all of the latest automotive equipment so you are not learning on outdated tools. The class provides experience in all eight specialty areas; as well as, preparations for ASE testing and certification. The last 3 weeks of school you will be in an internship at a shop or dealership where most get hired.

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate
  • NATEF Automotive Service Technician Certificate
  • NATEF Master Automotive Service Technician Certificate

In addition, the student may also earn the following industry-based certificates:

  • Hunter Alignment
  • Snap-On Certification
  • Subaru Web-Based Training

Students must be 18 years old at the time of graduation of the second year.



Instructor Rolf Werner

Rolf Werner is an ASE Master Technician who works with students to place them into the automotive industry and make sure they have a career not just a job.

Mr. Werner has taught at Pickens for 10 years. He came to Pickens as an automotive department advisor board member filling in and later became the full-time instructor.

Mr. Werner has worked in the automotive industry for r 45 years. During that time he worked at Dealers for 15 years. He graduated from Volkswagen/Audi factory school in L.A. California and started as a certified broom technician moving on to a line technician, to shop foreman, to the service advisor, and finally to service manager. He then opened his own shop 20 years ago becoming the top euro shop in Aurora.

He then decided to get involved with the Automotive Service Association (ASA). Mr. Werner serviced on the Colorado board for 10 years and became the state director. From there he became involved at a national level and served on the national board for 8 years and became national director of A.S.A which is the highest office which can be held within this industry. He now feels he is giving back by training the next generation of technicians.

Mr. Werner is an ASE Master Certified automotive technician with 6 manufacturer master certifications, he has a masters degree in Automotive Business Management.

Mr. Werner believes that Pickens Technical College is the best place to get started in a career that is fun and satisfying. He loves cars and will bring that love to the students. Go Fast, but go on a track.



Graduated from Denver Automotive and Diesel College, Graduated from Volkswagen/Audi factory school in L.A. Calif.. Worked at Dealers for 15 years, started as a certified broom technician, then a line technician, then Shop Foreman, to Service Adviser and finally to Service Manager. After opening my own shop 20 years ago, I decided to get involved with the Automotive Service Association (ASA).

I served on the Colorado board for 10 years and became state Director. I then got involved at a national level and served on the national board for 8 years and became national director of A.S.A. This is the highest office you can hold in my industry. I now feel I am giving back by training the next generation of technicians.

Just here, this job found me and I have loved every minute of it. Love the people I work with and wow what a bunch of talented teachers. Really have had some great leadership from Mark V and all of the admin team as well.

ASE Master Technician, Audi Master Technician, Volkswagen Master Technician, Isuzu Master Technician, Suzuki Master Technician, Land Rover Master Technician, Alfa Ramiro Master Technician. Accredited Automotive Manager for the Automotive Management Institute. Doctor of Motors from Denver Automotive and Diesel College.

Instructor Ed Martin



Most of my experience was acquired in Ford dealerships, but I have experience in independent shops as well. I have also been a shop owner which included everything from pushing brooms to paying bills and everything between.

I never really chose to teach, teaching chose me, that is to say, that for some reason I had the ability to explain things to my fellow technicians in a way that it made sense to them. When management discovered this ability, they embraced it in a more formal way by asking me to be an AYES Mentor. My job was to teach high school students what I did to earn a salary and see if that type of work appealed to them. I usually had them for two summer internships, at the end of which they had to make a decision whether or not to continue in their training. It was very rewarding to see the impact I was having on their lives, which directed me to seek teaching as a full-time career. I have not regretted it for a minute, I love doing what I do.

I am an ASE Master Technician with a Light Duty Diesel Certification. I have also achieved Senior Master Technician with Ford Motor Company. I am a member of IATN which stands for International Automotive Technicians Network.


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