Associate in Applied Science Degree
Automotive Technology Programs
If you’re interested in how cars and trucks run and how you can service and repair them, choose BTC’s automotive technician training program, which will help prepare you for top jobs in the automotive field.
Career choices are extensive in the field of automotive technology; you’ll be well-qualified for automotive technician or service technician jobs. Or you can work as a specialist in automatic transmission, brake, engine performance, or electrical systems. If you’re looking for an Automotive Technology associate degree program or certificate program that provides a wide range of high-demand skills sought by top employers (including automotive dealerships, auto rental companies, federal and local government repair shops, and fleet maintenance businesses), then check out the program at Bellingham Technical College. The entry points for the Automotive Technology program are usually fall and winter quarters. You must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable to participate in the work-based learning sections of this associate degree and certificate program.
Associate Degree & Certificate Programs
AAS- Associate Degree: Take seven quarters of automotive classes and graduate from Bellingham Technical College with your associate degree in Automotive Technology, ready to get top jobs in the automotive industry.
AAS-T Transfer Degree: Take seven quarters of general education and automotive classes. After completing the courses and training, you’ll be ready to get jobs in the automotive field, or you can transfer your class credits to a four-year university or college to earn your bachelor’s degree.
General Automotive Repair Certificate: Take three quarters of automotive classes to get training for entry-level automotive jobs in at oil/lube shops, tire shops, and muffler service shops.
Vehicle Service Technician Certificate: Take one quarter of automotive service and systems classes to get training for entry-level automotive jobs at oil/lube shops, tire shops, and muffler service shops.
Automotive Technician Jobs & Employment
Approximately 88% of students in the automotive programs at Bellingham Technical College are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in the automotive technology field is $42,162, with an earning potential of about $54,413 per year.*
Most BTC automotive program graduates work in automotive service technician jobs. In larger vehicle service shops, auto tech jobs have become increasingly specialized. Opportunities for specialty automotive repair positions include: automatic transmission specialist, brake specialist, engine performance specialist, front end specialist and electrical specialist.
Bellingham Technical College’s automotive training degree programs prepare graduates for jobs at: car dealerships, corporate or independently-owned auto repair shops, service stations, specialty auto shops, and fleet and rental maintenance shops
BTC’s General Automotive Repair and Vehicle Service Technician certificates prepare graduates for entry-level jobs at muffler repair shops, tire stores, and oil change service centers.
BTC’s Automotive program is certified by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). This ensures that the curriculum and courses follow the stringent standards identified by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) to best prepare students for their careers.
84% BTC graduate placement rate
$32,656 starting annual wage
$43,763 average annual wage
$56,098 potential annual wage
Employment and wage data sources
The Automotive Program is a Master NATEF/ASE Certified Program.