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Automotive Technology, AAS

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The Automotive Technology (AT) program holds a master certification from the Automotive Service Excellence Education (ASE). The program has been a first place winner of the “Award for Excellence” and received recognition as the best college independent automotive program in the nation.

Automotive Technology (AT) is a competency-based program designed to prepare students for a career in the automotive industry. The program’s ASE Education Foundation accreditation provides students with instructors and a facility that meets national standards. These standards assist graduates in acquiring excellent job placement in the automotive career of their choice. Rapid advancement of new technology has created a need for highly skilled automotive technicians. Excellent employment opportunities exist in new vehicle dealerships, independent repair facilities, and various other areas of the industry.

The Automotive Technology program combines theory and practical experience during six quarters of instruction. Students develop diagnostic and repair skills on late model vehicles in a well-equipped shop. Subjects include brake and suspension systems, electrical/electronic systems, automatic and manual transmissions, heating and air conditioning, engines, engine performance, light-duty diesel, engine machining, and hybrid-electric/electric vehicles.

Sample Career Options

Degree Intent and Transfer Options

Upon completion, Workforce degrees and/or certificates are intended to give students the skills needed to move directly into employment. While these degrees are not intended to transfer to a university, students will be eligible to apply for admission to Skagit Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science - Management (BASM) degree  and, in some cases, could transfer to other schools. If you are interested in continuing your education by entering a bachelor’s degree program, please work closely with your Academic Advisor and Department Chair.

Program Map

Program Maps are an integral part of the Planning Guide. Each Program Map includes a recommended quarterly sequence of courses for a full-time student to earn this degree within two years. The courses align with the appropriate number of credits to meet degree requirements and is designed to help you create an individualized, customized Educational Plan, required of all SVC students. Please consult with an SVC Advisor to schedule courses and develop your personal Educational Plan.

113 credits

First Year

Second Year

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 21+

Total Credits: 15


† Students who do not receive an appropriate test score will require additional coursework to develop necessary skills for entry into class.

‡ AT 199 may be taken at any time after the first year, including summer quarter.

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