Advanced Automotive Technology - Certificate of Proficiency

Automotive, Welding & Machining Pathway

39 Credits   |   3 Quarters

Pathway at a Glance

Work with leading-edge tools and equipment to solve problems and get creative across several growing trades. Auto technician, machinist, or welder—set a target on your career via our Automotive, Welding, and Manufacturing Pathway.

Courses by Quarter
Quarter Plan: 
Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Automotive Technology program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze and provide diagnostic solutions to automotive repair projects
  • Apply effective communication skills as a team member by properly completing work order summaries containing the three “C’s” (complaint, cause, correction)
  • Interpret and apply mathematical equations used in the automotive industry
  • Apply the appropriate legal repair standards and technical practices while diagnosing and repairing customer-based cars
  • Critique their own ability to work effectively and collaboratively in multi-disciplinary lab teams
  • Be proficient in the safe and proper use of automotive hand tools
  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge in the use of modern shop diagnostic and repair equipment
  • Demonstrate the hands-on competency in the following NATEF task areas; automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train, steering and suspension systems, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, engine performance and engine repair
  • Research applicable vehicle information using computer based service manuals
  • Demonstrate the ability to write a vehicle work order summary containing the three “C” (complaint, cause, correction)
  • Demonstrate the entry-level knowledge necessary to take the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) tests
Helpful Notes

Program Costs

The required set of first year professional grade tools will typically cost $2,000 or more depending on the vendor.  Second year purchase of professional grade tools are highly recommended before graduation and can cost up to $3,000 or more. Books will cost approximately $800 for the two-year course.


Advanced Placement of Credit

Students with previous automotive background or completion of high school automotive training can receive advanced placement credit for AUTO 100 and enroll directly into AUTO 108. Students who have had no previous automotive training must enroll in AUTO 100 or have instructor’s permission. Students may enroll in AUTO 100 concurrently.

For the technician in the field, single classes may be taken for update upon instructor approval. For information during summer quarter please contact the the Advising, Career & Transfer Center at 360-596-5261.


The program is certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation.

Revision Date: 
Monday, April 25, 2022