The Automotive Technology program is two years (six quarters) in length and is designed to develop entry level employment skills for those seeking career opportunities in the automotive repair field. As long as there are vehicles on the road, there will always be a need for highly skilled automotive technicians to maintain, service and repair them. According to Washington State labor market information, over 2,500 annual job openings are projected in automotive related industries.
A student in the BBCC Automotive Technician program receives training in all eight ASE Certification areas. Modern repair and diagnostic test equipment is used in training the student to accurately repair the complex vehicles of today. The curriculum also includes shop safety and environmental training, Industrial First Aid Certification, EPA Section 609 Refrigerant Certification, basic welding skills, and hydraulics, as well as degree required general education classes. Graduates of the Automotive Technology program obtain employment as automotive repair technicians and in related occupations such as automotive parts merchandising, alignment, tire service, and fleet maintenance. The agricultural equipment service and repair industry also provides employment opportunities for our graduates. A high-tech career in automotive technology gives a person job mobility with the security of knowing that his/her skills will always be in demand.
The following program outline is suggested two-year (six quarter) sequence of courses for this area of study. Any applicant who is 18 years of age or older or is a graduate of an accredited high school or has an equivalent certificate (GED) or is a qualified Running Start student is eligible for entry into the Automotive Technology program. Applications for admittance are accepted throughout the year. Students normally begin the program in the fall quarter, but may start in the winter or spring quarters. Advanced standing may be requested for prior education or experience.