Automotive Tech

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Learn the automotive repair process - from routine maintenance to diagnostics and repair - from A.S.E. certified faculty. To reinforce learning, you will experience classroom lectures that are paired with training on state-of-the-art technology in the lab. You will develop skills in computer diagnosis as well as traditional tool usage. 

Depending on your personal goals, you can earn several certificates or continue your studies to earn an AAS degree.

Instruction in the Automotive Technology program is based on the National Technian's Certification eight Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.) topics to prepare students for the A.S.E. mechanic certification tests.

CBC Automotive Technology Program

Certificate Programs

If you are already working in the automotive industry and looking for training to help with career advancement, or are just starting your career and need to develop skills for entry-level employment, short-term certificates are an excellent option. Training is specific to a variety of employment opportunities in the automotive industry. You can choose the ones that most interest you. Most of the coursework required for short-term certificates may be applied to the degree.

Several short-term options are offered at CBC including:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Basic Automotive Technician

GPA Policy & Prerequisites

You have high standards for your career and your future and those are reflected in the requirements CBC and the Automotive Technology program sets for students.

Prior to enrolling in the Automotive Technology program you should attain the necessary prerequisites for MATH 100, ENGL& 101 and college-level reading. These can either be accomplished by taking the required prerequisite classes or through the testing process. If you have questions, please contact a CTE Completion Coach at 509-547-0511 or email cteFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN.

These high standards also apply to your  grades. The Automotive Technology department requires students achieve a minimum grade of 2.0 to continue enrollment in major courses. The CBC Associate in Applied Science degree also requires a minimum grade of 2.0 for each major course. A student who achieves a grade of 1.9 or lower in any required major courses may repeat that course once to achieve a grade of 2.0 or higher. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Dean of Career and Technical Education prior to enrollment.

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Vehicle Information

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I hereby release and hold harmless Columbia Basin College personnel and students of any liability in connection with the repair work performed on my vehicle. It is understood there is no guarantee or warranty on the work performed as it is part of the instructional program with the work being performed by students in that program. Also, I authorize my vehicle to be test driven by the instructor or a student that the instructor has authorized. I further understand that Columbia Basin College is in no way responsible for any type of damage to or theft of or loss of any item(s) from my vehicle. Any items of value should be removed from your vehicle prior to being left for repair.

I agree to pay the automotive repair bill upon completion of work requested.

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Program Learning Outcomes for the AAS in Automotive Technology

Program learning outcomes are the knowledge, skills, and abilities that students will achieve before they graduate. The outcomes below were developed by the faculty in Automotive Technology with input from accrediting bodies, advisory committees, employers, etc. This collaboration ensures that the outcomes are relevant for careers that this degree leads to.

Students who graduate with an AAS in Automotive Technology will be able to:

  1. Review, interpret, and convey information. 
  2. Troubleshoot and repair engine systems. 
  3. Troubleshoot and repair automatic transmissions & transaxle systems. 
  4. Troubleshoot and repair manual transmissions/transaxles and drivetrain systems. 
  5. Troubleshoot and repair suspension & steering systems.
  6. Troubleshoot and repair brake systems.
  7. Troubleshoot and repair electrical & electronic systems and components.
  8. Troubleshoot and repair heating and air conditioning systems.
  9. Troubleshoot and repair engine performance systems.


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