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Automotive Technician

Why Choose the Automotive Technician Program?

It’s a good time to be an automotive student! With the ever-changing technology, cars are growing faster, safer and more fuel-efficient. Semi-autonomous vehicles are already on the road, and fully autonomous vehicles are not far off. Our Automotive Technician program immerses students in hands-on learning that includes the newest technology so they are prepared for a career after graduation. The 85,000 square-foot automotive facility features state-of-the-industry paint rooms, computer labs, classrooms and glassed-in shop areas. The CPTC Automotive programs have won numerous national awards. We are an ASE/NATEF Master Certified training program that started one of the first Hybrid, Electric and Alternate Fuels programs in the U.S. If you have a passion for cars and using knowledge and hands-on skills to make them work better than ever before, this might be the program for you.

Potential Careers

Auto Service Technician/Mechanic

Median annual pay in Washington:

$46,100 per year.

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This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at careerinfo.net.


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Automotive Technician Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Automotive Technician Program, students will:

  • Understand the theory and operation of, identify components of, and diagnose and repair automotive heating and air conditioning systems in a live work environment.
  • Understand the theory and operation of, identify components of, and diagnose and repair automatic transmission/transaxle in a live work environment.
  • Understand the theory and operation of, identify components of, and diagnose and repair manual drivetrain, drive axles, and four-wheel and all-wheel drive systems in a live work environment.
  • Understand the theory and operation of, identify components of, and diagnose and repair automotive electrical and electronic systems in a live work environment.
  • Understand the theory and operation of, identify components of, and diagnose and repair fuel, ignition, and emission systems in a live work environment.
  • Understand the theory and operation of, identify components of, and diagnose and repair steering, suspension, standard brake, anti-lock brake, and stability control systems in a live work environment.
  • Understand the theory and operation of, identify components of, and diagnose and repair minor and major engine mechanical systems in a live work environment.
  • Understand the theory and operation of, identify components of, and diagnose and repair Hybrid, Electric, and Alternate Fuel systems in a live work environment.
  • Earn an automotive credential from one or more of the following sources: ASE, Ford Maintenance & Light Repair, Audi Education Partnership.
Ford Maintenance & Light Repair Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Ford Maintenance & Light Repair Automotive Technician degree, students will:

  • Identify basic automotive systems and shop safety requirements.
  • Set up welding equipment and select proper equipment for heating, cutting, and MIG welding.
  • Diagnose and repair standard and ABS systems.
  • Diagnose and repair suspension and steering systems and perform wheel alignment procedures.
  • Perform brakes, suspension, and steering repairs in a live work environment.
  • Diagnose and repair minor engine mechanical systems.
  • Diagnose and repair major engine mechanical systems.
  • Perform engine mechanical repairs in a live work environment.
  • Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems.
  • Diagnose and repair automotive electronic systems.
  • Diagnose and repair automotive heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Diagnose and repair automotive ignition systems.
  • Diagnose and repair automotive fuel systems.
  • Diagnose and repair automotive emissions systems.
  • Diagnose and repair automotive clutch and manual transmission systems.
  • Diagnose and repair automotive axles, drivelines, differentials, and transfer cases.
  • Perform drive-train repairs in a live work environment.
  • Diagnose and repair automatic transmissions.
  • Diagnose and repair automatic transaxles.
  • Perform automatic transmission/transaxle repairs in a live work environment.
  • Earn an automotive credential.

Meet Your Instructors

Dave Brown

Dave Brown

Dave has degrees from Denver Automotive and Diesel College, Renton Technical College and Clover Park Technical College. He's been a professional automotive technician for more than 15 years and is an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician. He's been teaching at CPTC since 2003.

Bldg 3, Rm 802
253-589-5725
david.brown@cptc.edu

Automotive Technician Program Information Sessions are hosted in Building 3, Room 307, at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, click here.

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