Automotive Technology

When you encounter a problem, do you see it as a challenge? Do you want to work with your hands in an industry that’s essential to everyday life? When you study Automotive Technology at SPSCC, you’ll receive both formal training and real-world experience diagnosing automotive problems. Take classes in a modern, industry-standard shop facility and has been certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF). We also offer training in all eight National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) areas.


Automotive Technology
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What's different at SPSCC?

Take advantage of a complete night program. Whether you are looking to deepen your trade as an existing automotive professional or want to start a new career in the auto field, SPSCC offers evening and night courses that allow anyone with existing employment to finish an automotive degree while still working during the day.

Work with the community. Connect to local auto dealerships and independent repair shops. Students also offer auto service and repair to community members through the Automotive Services Department – allowing them to give back to the community while receiving valuable, real-world experience. Students also compete in state and national Skills USA competitions.

Progress towards your degree through face-to-face Evening Studies. Several Automotive courses are offered in the evenings, starting 5:30pm or later, letting you build the foundation for a new career as a part-time student.

Get extra support with our I-BEST program. The Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program is a nationally-recognized teaching model that provides two instructors in first year classes – one focusing on the professional and technical material of your program, and the other helping you strengthen skills in English, writing, and math.

Worker Retraining funds. Some automotive students qualify for Worker Retraining, which helps pay for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and more. Learn if you qualify for Worker Retraining >

Careers in Automotive Technology

Check out Career Coach to discover careers related to your interests in this subject. Learn more about what you'll do in the industry, how much you can earn, and view job postings in and around Thurston County.

Degrees & Certificates

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Applied Technology
Kate Moore