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Prepare for a career in the trades

Overview

Modern automobiles are complex machines requiring service technicians who are highly skilled and knowledgeable about mechanical, electrical, and electronic systems. The automotive technology program provides a strong combination of classroom theory and hands-on practice, with courses based on competencies established by the ASE Education Foundation. You can earn a certificate in maintenance and light repair and an associate degree in automotive technology in this pathway.

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Career Paths

Automotive technology provides a variety of family-wage career opportunities where you solve problems using your hands-on technical skills.

  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) master technician
  • Auto technician
  • Automotive drivability technician
  • Service Manager
  • Electrical service technician
  • Service writer
  • Shop owner
  • Parts manager
  • Automotive instructor
  • Transmission rebuilder

 

Automotive Tech Photo

Skills & Abilities

  • Essentials of mechanics
  • Automotive electrical systems
  • Vehicle climate control
  • Automotive chassis and engines
  • Fuels and emissions
  • Computer engine controls
  • Automotive drivetrains
  • Foundational skills for the trades
  • Industrial safety
  • Industrial communications
  • Industrial math
  • Human relations
  • First Aid/CPR

Certificate and degree options

Students who attend full-time can earn an automotive maintenance and light repair certificate in three quarters (one academic year) and an associate degree in automotive technology in three additional quarters (two academic years total).


Contact Automotive Technology

  Gary Roeske

   (360) 442-2748
 groeske@lowercolumbia.edu

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