Automotive Technology

Hands on learning in an auto service facility

Today’s garage is not like your grandfather’s garage. As technology has evolved, so have the cars we drive. In the Automotive Technology program, students prepare for entry-level positions as automotive technicians. Students learn in an active auto service facility that is open to the public and can test for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications while completing the program. This program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) for both secondary and post-secondary levels.

General Information

Admissions Officer / Recruiter: Lee Williams
253.680.7188 | leewilliams@batestech.edu

Location: South Campus
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Program Length: Eight Quarters

  • National Median Salary$45,970
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings75,600

This information is base on data from August 2018. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY - Associate of Applied Science: 142 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
MATH174 - Math for Allied Health
Mathematical concepts for allied health fields including systems of measurement, use of formulas, ratios and proportions in health applications; and basic statistics
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
AUTOM101 AUTOM101 - Basic Engines
This course is an introduction to internal combustion engine theory, configuration operation and diagnosis
4
AUTOM102 AUTOM102 - Engine Systems
This course is an introduction to the operation and diagnosis of engine subassemblies such as valve trains, timing components and short blocks
4
AUTOM103 AUTOM103 - Intro to Basic Electrical Theory
This course is an introduction to electrical theory including Ohm's Law, Series and Parallell Circuits and measuring devices
4
AUTOM105 AUTOM105 - Basic Electrical Application
This course is an introduction to automotive electrical applications such as charging systems and starting systems and problem diagnosis
3
AUTOM106 AUTOM106 - Shop Safety and Meter Certification
This course is a introduction to standard automotive shop safety procedures including handling and disposal of hazardous materials, the proper use of protective gear and equipment, and the operation of specialized automotive shop equipment. They also receive training in the use of a diagnostic meter for automotive electrical applications commonly used in the automotive industry.
1
AUTOM121 AUTOM121 - Basic Engine Diagnosis
This course is an introduction to engine performance, diagnosis, and computer applications
5
AUTOM122 AUTOM122 - Basic Ignition Systems
This course is an introduction to electronic and computer operated ignition systems including primary controls and secondary high voltage.
5
AUTOM123 AUTOM123 - Intro to Fuel Systems
This course is an introduction to electrical and mechanical fuel delivery systems and test equipment.
4
AUTOM124 AUTOM124 - Intro to Emission Systems
This course is an introduction to EGR, evaporative and exhaust emission systems, their requirements and operation.
2
AUTOM125 AUTOM125 - Intro to Fuel Injection
This course is an introduction to electronic fuel injection, controls, and test equipment.
2
AUTOM130 AUTOM130 - Intro to Lighting Systems
This course is an introduction to lighting types, switches and controls. Instrumentation theory and applications are examined.
4
AUTOM131 AUTOM131 - Intro to Clutches/Manual Trans
This course is an introduction to gear trains and syncromesh transmission operation.
4
AUTOM132 AUTOM132 - Basic Auto Transmission/Transaxle
This course is an introduction to automatic transmission principles, hydraulics and planetary gear setes.
4
AUTOM133 AUTOM133 - Intro to Four and All Wheel Drive
This course is an introduction to four wheel drive, transfer cases and differentials.
4
AUTOM140 AUTOM140 - Applied Wheel Align/Steering System Service
This course is an introduction to wheel alignment, rack and pinion steering, and suspension systems.
4
AUTOM141 AUTOM141 - Intro to Braking Systems
This course is an introduction to hydraulics, system splitting and power brakes.
4
AUTOM142 AUTOM142 - Drum and Disc Braking Systems
This is an introduction course to brake types and application including anti-loc
4
AUTOM143 AUTOM143 - Basic Heating/ Air Conditioning
This course is an introduction to automatic and manual mobile HVAC systems. Principles of heat transfer and refrigerant are examined.
4
AUTOM201 AUTOM201 - Advanced Engine Repair
In this advanced segment, detailed engine diagnosis and repair is performed. Crankshaft measuring, plastic gauge and piston rings are all examined.
5
AUTOM202 AUTOM202 - Advanced Engine Assembly
In this advanced course, engine subassemblies, cylinder heads, short blocks and timing components are repaired to current standards.
3
AUTOM203 AUTOM203 - Detailed Auto Electrical Systems
In this advanced course, diagnostic testers and electrical troubleshooting are examined.
4
AUTOM204 AUTOM204 - Advanced Battery, Starting/Charging Systems
In this advanced course, battery, starting, and charging systems are diagnosed and repaired.
4
AUTOM220 AUTOM220 - Applied Ignition Systems Svc
In this advanced course, computer and electronic ignition systems are diagnosed and repaired.
4
AUTOM221 AUTOM221 - Applied Fuel Systems Service
In this advanced course, pressurized fuel delivery systems are diagnosed and repaired.
4
AUTOM222 AUTOM222 - Applied Emissions Systems Service
In this advanced course, emissions are measured using modern test equipment and control systems adjusted and repaired.
3
AUTOM223 AUTOM223 - Applied Fuel Injection Service
In this advanced course, fuel injection is examined, adjusted and repaired using modern test equipment and diagnostic procedures.
3
AUTOM230 AUTOM230 - Advanced Lighting Systems
In this advanced course, lights, wiring and instruments are examined, adjusted and repaired using modern test equipment and diagnostic procedures.
3
AUTOM231 AUTOM231 - Advanced Clutches/Manual Transmission
In this advanced course, clutches and transmissions are examined and repaired using modern repair procedures.
5
AUTOM232 AUTOM232 - Advanced Automatic Transmission Service
In this advanced course, automatic transmissions and transaxles are examined and repaired using modern repair procedures.
4
AUTOM233 AUTOM233 - Applied Four/All-wheel Drive Service
In this advanced course, multi wheel drive systems are diagnosed and repaired using modern repair procedures.
4
AUTOM240 AUTOM240 - Applied Wheel Align/Steering System Service
In this advanced course, steering and suspension systems are serviced and aligned using modern alignment equipment.
4
AUTOM241 AUTOM241 - Advanced Brake System Service
In this advanced course, brake hydraulic systems are serviced using modern brake service equipment.
4
AUTOM242 AUTOM242 - Applied Drum and Disc Systems Service
In this advanced course, disc and drum brake systems are serviced and repaired using modern brake service equipment.
4
AUTOM243 AUTOM243 - Advanced HVAC
In this advanced course, heating and air conditioning systems are service and repaired using modern AC service equipment.
3

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND TRANSAXLE - Certificate of Training: 6 Credits

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BRAKES - Certificate of Training: 10 Credits

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ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS - Certificate of Training: 19 Credits

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ENGINE PERFORMANCE I - Certificate of Training: 11 Credits

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ENGINE PERFORMANCE II - Certificate of Training: 14 Credits

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ENGINE REPAIR - Certificate of Training: 16 Credits

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SUSPENSION AND STEERING - Certificate of Training: 6 Credits

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In an active, campus auto service facility, students practice all aspects of the profession, from balancing tires to diagnosing engine problems. Using advanced computerized analyzers, students learn to perform repairs, overhaul engines and transmissions, service fuel injection systems, and much more. Bates automotive program curriculum aligns with the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) for both secondary and post-secondary levels. Bates Automotive Mechanic program instructors are Evaluation Team Leaders for NATEF and evaluate other programs in the Puget Sound area for NATEF membership eligibility. Instruction is configured according to Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification requirements, and students are encouraged to take one or more ASE certification tests while completing the program.

At the successful completion of the program curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Diagnose mechanical malfunctions and performance problems and make necessary repairs
  2. Operate precision automotive diagnostic and repair equipment
  3. Interpret repair manuals and computer-based programs dealing with specifications and repair procedures
  4. Practice customer service skills with customers, employer,  and fellow employees
  5. Use tools and equipment found in an automotive repair shop.
  6. Diagnose and service a variety of automotive systems including electrical, brakes, engines, transmissions, and steering and suspension
  7. Follow established procedures for safety and accident prevention in the automotive service facility.
  8. Describe the purpose of the laws concerning personal and environmentally safe handling of hazardous waste.
  9. Define information that should be completed on repair orders, accurately describing customer issues in pursuit of a satisfactory repair.

In addition, the following college-wide learning outcomes reflect the guiding expectations of all programs at Bates Technical College.

  • Human Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.

Instructors

  • Mike Clark

    253.680.7592 | Email