De Anza College and Nuro

A Pioneering Autonomous Vehicle Technician Partnership


 A New Career Pathway With a Free Tuition Option for De Anza College Students

De Anza is partnering with Nuro, an innovative robotics company specializing in autonomous delivery vehicles, to offer a new career pathway – one of the first in the nation – for students interested in the growing autonomous and electric vehicle industry.


The pathway combines existing Auto Tech and Computer Information Systems courses to prepare students to work in the fast-growing industry of autonomous vehicles. 

The new partnership and career training pathway were officially announced at an on-campus event on Thursday, Dec. 2, hosted by De Anza President Lloyd Holmes and attended by students, industry representatives and local community leaders.

Nuro R2 autonomous vehicle on a street in the suburbsTo prepare students with the cutting-edge skills to work on such vehicles, the Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Technician pathway combines coursework related to electric vehicle technology and computer programming. The pathway consists of two sets of coursework — Level I and Level II — that are anticipated to be offered as De Anza certificates in the future. 

All courses are available now — and all courses in Level I are offered for free in noncredit form with no prerequisites, making this an excellent opportunity to sharpen skills and get valuable career training. Students may qualify for paid internships or part-time work opportunities at Nuro while completing the pathway. Students may also have access to part-time and full-time positions at Nuro after completing the Level I coursework.

Nuro's mission is to "better everyday life through robotics." Earlier this year, Nuro's autonomous vehicle, R2, was used in partnership with Domino's Pizza for autonomous pizza deliveryNuro describes the R2 as "one of the most commercially and technically mature autonomous vehicles in the world." See more about the mission of Nuro and information on its many partners on the company's website.



Autonomous Vehicle Training Pathway

Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Technician (Level I)

  • AUTO 60 - Automotive Electrical Systems (Offered in fall, winter and spring)
  • AUTO 61B - Electronically Controlled Brake Systems  (Offered in fall)
  • AUTO 62A - Automotive Suspension, Steering and Alignment  (Offered in winter)
  • CIS 40 - Introduction to Programming in Python (Offered in fall, winter and spring)
  • CIS 18A - Introduction to Unix/Linux  (Offered in fall, winter and spring)

Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Technician (Level II)

  • AUTO 66 - Automotive Air Conditioning  (Offered in summer)
  • AUTO 67A - Hybrid Electric Vehicles  (Offered in winter)
  • AUTO 67B - Plug-In Electric Vehicle Technology  (Offered in winter)
  • CIS 66 - Introduction to Data Communication and Networking  (Offered in fall, winter and spring)
  • CIS 56 - Network Security  (Offered in fall, winter and spring)

Group of diverse Nuro employees wearing face masks and standing next to Nuro vehicles

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