Automotive Repair Technology

Automotive Repair Technology provides intensive career preparation through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on application. The program is accredited and certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and is led by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) master certified instructors. Instructors provide students the fundamental knowledge and experience needed to become entry level technicians in the automotive industry. The Automotive Repair Technology curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members annually.

 

Career Opportunities

  • Automotive Repair Technician
  • Automotive Maintenance Technician
  • Automobile Dealership Technician
  • Automotive Parts Counterman
  • Alternative Fuels Vehicle Technician
  • Automotive Service Consultant
  • Master Automotive Technician
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Automotive Specialty Technician
  • Automotive Machinist

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Automotive Repair Technology program is to provide high quality technical instruction in all mechanical aspects of automotive mechanical repair. This is accomplished through the provision of instruction in a working automotive repair shop and conducted by industry experienced instructors.

 

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in Automotive Repair Technology upon completion of the two-year program of study. An Automotive Repair Technology Certificate is available upon completion of the first year of study in the program.

Students who earn their AAS in Automotive Repair Technology may also earn a dual degree in Diesel Technology or Auto Body Repair Technology. Please speak with your instructor about the required and specific classes needed.

Students wishing to transfer to Montana State University Northern (MSUN) located in Havre, MT to obtain a bachelor of science degree in automotive technology must successfully complete the Automotive Repair Technology AAS degree prior to transferring to MSUN. Successful completion of specific support classes at WWCC is necessary for transfer to MSUN. See WWCC Automotive Repair Technology program director for more information.

 

Program Outcomes

  • Maintain ASE/NATEF standards through full implementation of related curriculum and student outcome measures.
  • Improve marketability of students to employers as a result of successful completion of the total ASE/NATEF program of instruction.
  • Maintain and enhance high school and university articulation agreements.
  • Keep curriculum up-to-date with input from industry through the Automotive Repair Technology advisory committee.
  • Secure automotive industry support for provision of equipment and training materials.

 

Entrance Requirements

It is recommended that the student contact the program director/lead instructor regarding appropriate program placement. The placement process must be completed through the Testing Center. Visit wwcc.edu/placement . For more information, please contact at 509.527.3659, or [email protected]

 

Scholarships Available

Frank Brotherton Memorial Scholarship in Automotive Technology

Students interested in a career related to automotive technology are encouraged to apply. Preference is given to Walla Walla area students. The award is for $500.

Dayl and Doris Graves Automotive Technology Scholarship

Funds are provided by the Blue Mountain Area Foundation for a student from the Walla Walla area interested in automotive technology. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. The $1,000 award may be shared with more than one applicant.

 

Certification

The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), an affiliate of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), establishes the standards by which training facilities become certified. WWCC's Automotive Repair Technology program is NATEF certified and led by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Certified Instructors.

Industry Description

The ability to diagnose the source of a problem quickly and accurately requires good reasoning ability and a thorough knowledge of automobiles. Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that have gasoline engines. There is a tremendous demand for well-trained Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified automotive technicians. The increasing sophistication of automotive technology such as alternative fuel vehicles now requires workers who can use computerized shop equipment and work with electronic components while maintaining their skills with traditional hand tools. Service technicians use a variety of tools in their work: electronic diagnostic scan tools to diagnose and repair on-board computer systems; power tools such as pneumatic wrenches to remove bolts quickly; machine tools like lathes to service brakes; grinding machines to rebuild cylinder heads; welding and flame-cutting equipment to remove and repair exhaust systems; and jacks and hoists to lift cars and engines.

 

Other Information

For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov.

 

Contact

Rhonda Miller

(509) 527-3659

Matthew Lyon

(509) 527-4676

Andre Demers

(509) 527-4693