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Automotive Technology

Welcome to Automotive Technology

Are you interested in a career in automotive service? Enroll in SVC's award-winning Automotive Technology Program. Our nationally accredited program will give you the skills and experience you need to get a great job in the automotive career of your choice.

Program Options

The Automotive Technology program combines theory and practical experience during six quarters of instruction.

  • Associate in Technical Arts degree with 90 credits of instruction
  • Certificates in a variety of specialties:
    • Automotive Service Advisory
    • Automotive Parts Specialist
    • Automotive Electronics and Diagnostics Specialist
    • Alignment & Suspension/Brake Specialist
    • Transmission Specialist

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the Automotive Technology program will

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to work safely in the lab/shop environment.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, technical and information skills.
  • Act responsibly as an individual and as a member of a team or group in a workplace environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and successfully repair automotive, electrical, mechanical, and computer controlled systems.
  • Develop entry-level skills and knowledge for employment in the automotive industry.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to take ASE examinations in the eight automotive specialty areas.

You May Study

  • Electronic & Engine Control Systems
  • Engine Tune-up
  • Engine Diagnostics & Repair
  • Air Conditioning
  • Suspension & Alignment
  • Brake Systems
  • Fuel & Emission Systems
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Professional Service Techniques
  • Fundamental Car Care
  • Service Writer/Advisor
  • Electrical Systems
  • Auto Parts Specialist
  • Manual & Automatic Transmissions
  • Small Gas Engines

Why Skagit Valley College?

  • Huge 18-bay repair shop – the largest in Skagit County
  • Hands-on experience – shop designed as a real-world automotive work site
  • State-of-the-art shop technology – and late model vehicles
  • Exceptional Instructors &ndash Automotive Service Excellence Master Technicians
  • Accredited by National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
  • #1 Automotive Training Program in the US – 2003*

*Automotive Industry Planning Council

Career Opportunities

Rapid advancement of new technology has created a need for highly skilled automotive technicians! Your career choices include new car dealerships, independent repair shops, specialty shops and fleet agencies.

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Contact Us

Ron Schaffner
Department Chair

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Scott Hall

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Vehicle Repair
Larry Hanson
8:00 am-12:00 pm M-F

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Vehicle Donation
Ron Schaffner

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Vehicle Donations

Have a vehicle you no longer use that is in need of repairs? Consider donating it to the Automotive Technology Program. Your contribution can help make a real difference in the life of a student!

For More Information

Information Sessions

Information sessions are scheduled by the Department Chairperson or program faculty. For a current schedule of dates/times, please contact one of the persons listed above.

AT Program Receives National Certification

Congratulations to Skagit Valley College Automotive Technology Program for receiving national certification. Click here to read more.

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