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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 well paying field has many opportunities for employment because historically there have been few new technicians entering the field.

Pickens not only teaches students how to fix a car; but also how to go out and get a job after completing school. The Pickens automotive shop has all of the latest equipment so students are not learning on outdated tools. The class provides experience in all eight specialty areas. Additionally, students are prepared for ASE testing and certification. During the last 3 weeks of school students are placed in an internship at a local shop or dealership. Many of our students end up being hired after the internship. Pickens Tech has an advantage that the private colleges do not. After successful completion of the Automotive Technician program, students may continue their studies at the Community College of Aurora, earning their Associates of Applied Science degree with only 15 additional credits.


Master Automotive Service Technician Certificate

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

  • SP/2 Safety Certificates
  • Ford Service Online Training
  • 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 Ed Martin



Most of Mr. Martin’s experience was acquired in Ford dealerships, but he also has experience in independent shops. Mr. Martin has also owned his own shop. To keep his shop running properly, Mr. Martin pushed brooms, paid bills and did everything else under the sun.

Mr. Martin is a member of IATN, which stands for International Automotive Technicians Network. He also serves as a board member on the National Board of Directors for NACAT (North American Council of Automotive Teachers)

Mr. Martin says that he never really chose to teach; instead teaching chose him. He modestly explains; “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.”

At that time, Mr. Martin’s job was to teach high school students, showing them what he did to earn a salary and allowing them to decide if that type of work appealed to them. The students usually had an internship that lasted for two summers. Watching the students decide whether or not to continue their training in Automotive Technology and seeing the impact he was having on their lives, was very fulfilling for Mr. Martin. He began teaching as a career at that time. Mr. Werner says, “I have not regretted it for a minute, I love doing what I do.”

Mr. Martin is an ASE Master Technician with a Light Duty Diesel Certification. He has also achieved Senior Master Technician with Ford Motor Company.


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