San Diego Automotive Museum

Vocational Education Academy

The San Diego Automotive Museum’s Vocational Education Program provides participants with unique opportunities. The program is designed in two components, Career Exploration and Hands on Learning.

The Career Exploration component is designed to introduce participants to a variety of career opportunities within the automotive industry. Leveraging the SDAM’s partners and museum supporters, youth get the opportunity to explore the Auto Industry on monthly outings. A key component to the Career Exploration component is matching participants with mentors. As participants identify a particular interest for a job within the industry, they are partnered with a mentor who has expertise in their area of interest. Mentors play a pivotal role in giving youth guidance and networking skills necessary to job readiness.

The Hands-on Learning component allows students to learn basic mechanical repair, restoration, the foundations of car design, customization, and financial skills during a 10-week program. These are all skills that can be transferred to job readiness in entry level positions throughout the Auto Industry.

San Diego Automotive Museum’s Vocational Education program participants will also build a portfolio of accomplishments that highlight their knowledge and abilities they’ve learned. This will lead into our Internship component. Working with organizations such as West Coast Customs, Discount Tire, Nissan North America, Hoehn Motors, HRE Wheels, Carl Burger Dodge, JBA, and more, the SDAM is designing an Internship program to match up apprentice-seeking employers with our participants to further strengthen their passions and skill sets needed for job readiness.

If you’re interested in joining, please fill out the Interest Form above. If you’d like to see the Program Calendar of events or a Presentation of the program, the links to those are above as well. If you have any questions, please e-mail them to