Automotive Technology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Automotive Technology

About The Program

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. The LCC Automotive Technology program is certified by ASE Education Foundation, a branch of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Program Requirements

AMTC 100 Essentials of Mechanics 5
AMTC 104 Automotive Electrical Systems 15
AMTC 105 Vehicle Climate Control 5
AMTC 114 Automotive Chassis 15
AMTC 124 Automotive Engines 15
AMTC 206 Fuels and Emissions 15
AMTC 207 Computer Engine Controls 15
AMTC 214 Automotive Drivetrains 15
MFG 105 Industrial Safety 3
HLTH 105 First Aid, CPR and Bloodborne Pathogens 1
COLL 289 Employment Portfolio Seminar 1
AMTC 288 Cooperative Education 2
WELD 105 Related Welding 6

A combination of the following courses, up to 9 credits, may be substituted for COLL 289, AMTC 288, and WELD 105 with program advisor permission:  AMTC 299, ACCT 101 (5 cr), ACCT 135 (5 cr), BUS& 101 (5 cr), CS 110 (3 cr) or other WELD courses.

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total credits required to earn this degree: 133 with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in the program requirements.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • Communicate professionally in writing and speaking as appropriate to an industrial technology work environment (GS).
  • Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions (GS).
  • Apply mathematical information to perform tasks in industrial technology (GS).
  • Interact effectively with individuals and groups. (GS).
  • Display work appropriate behavior including positive attitude, timeliness and teamwork.
  • Apply knowledge of computer programs to create professional, academic, or business documents following current industry standards.
  • Apply industry standard safety and hazardous material handling guidelines.
  • Analyze and repair automotive systems including electrical, engines, heating, air conditioning, transmissions drivetrain, suspension, wheels, tires and brakes.
  • Demonstrate competency in fluid services of automotive systems.
  • Analyze automotive vehicles to diagnose cause of concern.
  • Service and repair automotive engines including fuel, ignition, and computer systems.
  • Locate information using a variety of automotive service information resources.
Revised December 2021 (effective Summer 2022)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements. 

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