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Automotive Technology

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

Choose this program to prepare for a rewarding career as an automotive service technician or mechanic. Occupational choices are extensive in this specialized field; you could work as an automatic transmission, brake, engine performance, or electrical specialist.

If you’re looking for a program that provides a wide range of high-demand skills you’ll use with employers such as automotive dealerships, auto rental companies, federal and local government repair shops, and fleet maintenance businesses, then check out Automotive at BTC!

Students must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable to participate in the work-based learning sections of this A.A.S. degree program.

Program Facts

89% Average placement rate for program graduates

Entry-level wage $39,258 annually

Wage potential $48,859 annually

Employment and wage data sources

The Automotive Program is a Master NATEF/ASE Certified Program.

Jobs & Employment

About 89% of BTC Automotive students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $39,258, with an earning potential of about $48,859 per year.*

BTC’s General Automotive Repair and Vehicle Service Technician certificates prepare graduates to work in entry-level automotive positions like lubrication, tire, and muffler service positions.

BTC’s Automotive program is certified by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). This assures that the curriculum follows the stringent standards identified by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation).

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as automotive service technicians. In larger shops, positions have become increasingly specialized. Opportunities for specialty positions include automatic transmission specialist, brake specialist, engine performance specialist, front end specialist and electrical specialist.

Potential places of employment include automotive dealerships, independent service garages, federal and local government repair shops, rental industry, service stations, specialty shops, tire and service industry, and fleet maintenance.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • TRANS 101Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1015 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line “textbook”. Students will be introduced to basic automotive and diesel repair practices. Proper interaction with customers, shop managers and fellow employees will be emphasized.

    Prerequisite:
    Program admission or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/14MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE PWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-10/14MTWTh12:00p-3:00pCURTIS JOpenings: 9
  • TRANS 102Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1025 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line “textbook”. Students will begin to apply tool use and shop practices that are introduced in Basic Transportation 102. These practices will be demonstrated on shop and customer vehicles. Prerequisite: TRANS 101

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101

    Future Offerings
    10/16-11/6MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE PWaitlisted: 0
    10/16-11/6MTWTh12:00p-3:00pCURTIS JOpenings: 10
  • TRANS 103Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1035 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line “textbook”. Student will continue to implement the knowledge they have gained in Trans 101 and 102 to more advanced vehicle systems. Students at this point will have the basic knowledge of dealing with customer concerns, verifying their concerns and beginning to diagnose basic problems. Prerequisite: TRANS 102

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 102

    Future Offerings
    11/13-12/11MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE PWaitlisted: 0
    11/13-12/11MTWTh12:00p-3:00pCURTIS JOpenings: 10
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 21
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 23
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 22
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 21
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/12Online NEWTON DOpenings: 15
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • Quarter 2
  • AUTO 104Engines Light7 credits

    An introductory look at the 4 stoke gasoline engine followed by in depth study and practice of industry standard minor engine service procedures including gasketing and sealing. This course will also cover theory, diagnosis and repairs to the cooling and lubrication systems.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/4DAILY 8:00a-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 24
  • AUTO 105Engines Major Mechanical5 credits

    An in depth study of internal engine components, measurements and major repairs to those components. Additionally, a complete “on the bench” engine tear down and reassembly including all critical measurements will take place. Prerequisite: TRANS 103

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    2/5-3/5DAILY 8:00a-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 24
  • AUTO 151Electricity/Electronics2 credits

    A comprehensive and thorough introduction to electrical theory as applied to the automobile. This course will focus on electrical behavior in automotive circuits, understanding and using wiring schematics and basic trouble shooting procedures on simple automotive circuits.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103.

    Future Offerings
    3/11-3/26DAILY 8:00a-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 19
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 9
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pMUDD SOpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 11
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 18
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • AUTO 106Applied Engines Technology6 credits

    This lab-based course will cover diagnosis and repairs to the cooling system, lubrication system and all major mechanical systems relating to the engine. This course will serve to apply theories learned in other engine related coursework.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 23
  • Quarter 3
  • AUTO 107Brakes6 credits

    Students will be introduced to the theory and operation of vehicle braking systems. Students will demonstrate the understanding of these systems. Students will then diagnose and perform the needed repairs to the brake and anti-lock brake system on customer vehicles. Prerequisite: TRANS 103

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    5/15-6/9DAILY 8:00a-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • AUTO 122Basic Drive Train4 credits

    Students will be introduced to the operation of vehicle drive train systems. Students will demonstrate the understanding of these systems. Students will then diagnose and perform the needed repairs to the drive train system on customer vehicles. Prerequisite: TRANS 103

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    5/1-5/14DAILY 8:00a-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • AUTO 161Steering and Suspension6 credits

    Students will be introduced to the operation of a vehicles steering and suspension system. Students will demonstrate the understanding of these systems. Students will then diagnose and perform the needed repairs to the steering and suspension system on customer vehicles. Prerequisite: TRANS 103

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    4/7-4/30DAILY 8:00a-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aMUDD SOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pMUDD SOpenings: 20
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 25
    9/23-12/12Online MUDD SOpenings: 13
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • AUTO 113HVAC4 credits

    Students will be introduced to the operation of a heating, circulation and air conditioning systems. Students will demonstrate the understanding of these systems. Students will then diagnose and perform the needed repairs to the vehicle HVAC systems on customer vehicles.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    6/10-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • AUTO 219Applied Automotive Concepts I15 credits

    The student is required to intern in a business that performs vehicle repairs. The student will obtain and maintain their own employment. The student is normally working with or under the direct supervision of a journeyman-level technician. It is recommended that the student's experience focus on the subject areas completed the last quarter on campus. The repair facility then becomes a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Prerequisite: COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100

  • Quarter 5
  • AUTO 255Electricity/Electronics 28 credits

    An introduction to a variety of electronic systems found on a modern vehicle. AUTO 255 provides an in-depth study of starting & charging systems. This course will also cover body and chassis control systems such as ABS, body computers, low tire pressure warning and airbags. Extensive troubleshooting practice by the application of industry standard troubleshooting techniques will be provided in AUTO 255. Prerequisite: AUTO 151, COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100

    Prerequisite:
    AUTO 151

    Future Offerings
    9/23-11/18DAILY 8:00a-11:00aBEESON DOpenings: 21
  • AUTO 265Engine Performance 23 credits

    AUTO 265 will cover computerized engine management systems including OBD2 and diagnostic trouble code interpretation. This course will also cover vehicle computer networks including typical topologies and troubleshooting techniques. Prerequisites: AUTO 141, AUTO 255, COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100

    Prerequisite:
    AUTO 141, AUTO 255

    Future Offerings
    11/19-12/12DAILY 8:00a-11:00aBEESON DOpenings: 21
  • AUTO 229Applied Automotive Concepts II5 credits

    The student is required to intern in a business that performs vehicle repairs. The student will obtain and maintain their employment. The student is normally working with or under the direct supervision of a journeyman-level technician. It is recommended the student’s experience focuses on the subject areas recently completed on campus if practical or possible thereby making the internship site a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will also have an opportunity to perform on-campus internships however availability is extremely limited. Students are encouraged to seek internship opportunities within the industry first. Prerequisite: COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12ARRBEESON DOpenings: 21
  • Quarter 6
  • AUTO 250Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles7 credits

    This course will focus on theory, description and operation of automatic drive systems. This will include diagnosis and trouble shooting hydraulic, electrical/electronic controls and mechanical systems and practicing proper R&R techniques. Prerequisite: AUTO 122, AUTO 265, COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100

    Prerequisite:
    AUTO 250, AUTO 265

    Future Offerings
    2/3-3/26DAILY 8:00a-11:00aWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • AUTO 260Manual Transmission/Transaxle3 credits

    This course will focus on theory, description and operation of manual drive train systems. This course will include clutches, transfer cases and differentials. Prerequisite: AUTO 122, COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100

    Prerequisite:
    AUTO 122

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/2DAILY 8:00a-11:00aWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • AUTO 259Applied Automotive Concepts III5 credits

    The student is required to intern in a business that performs vehicle repairs. The student will obtain and maintain their employment. The student is normally working with or under the direct supervision of a journeyman-level technician. It is recommended the student’s experience focuses on the subject areas recently completed on campus if practical or possible thereby making the internship site a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will also have an opportunity to perform on-campus internships however availability is extremely limited. Students are encouraged to seek internship opportunities within the industry first. . Prerequisite: COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILYWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • Quarter 7
  • AUTO 275Engine Performance 311 credits

    This course will offer instruction in the operation, diagnosis and repair of fuel systems, ignition systems and emission control systems including exhaust gas analysis. In addition there will be more in-depth study of the OBD2 system and how it relates to other systems on the vehicle. This course also includes an introduction to alternative fuel vehicles.

    Prerequisite:
    AUTO 103, AUTO 265

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-11:00aBEESON DOpenings: 24
  • AUTO 279Applied Automotive Concepts IV5 credits

    The student is required to intern in a business that performs vehicle repairs. The student will obtain and maintain their employment. The student is normally working with or under the direct supervision of a journeyman-level technician. It is recommended the student’s experience focuses on the subject areas recently completed on campus if practical or possible thereby making the internship site a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will also have an opportunity to perform on-campus internships however availability is extremely limited. Students are encouraged to seek internship opportunities within the industry first. Prerequisite: COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23DAILY12:00p-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 24
  • See instructor regarding alternative options for AUTO 229, AUTO 259 and AUTO 279.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS135-138 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

Program Start

  • In addition to submitting an application, Automotive Technology students must complete the admissions completion form and provide the following: - Copy of your valid Driver's License (with no restrictions due to driving offenses);

    - Current complete 3-year driving record from Washington State DOL (this must be obtained within the week prior to submitting the admissions completion form). This copy of your driving record will be kept on file for advising purposes only;

    - Signed statement indicating that you understand program admissions requirements and industry hiring standards;

    - A renewed copy of your valid driver's license (with no restrictions due to driving offenses) will again be required at the start of your second year in the program.
  • Please Note:

    1. You are required to maintain a valid driver's license as long as you are enrolled in this program;

    2. Many employers, in this field, will only hire applicants who have a clean driving record;

    3. Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current "Abstract of Driving Record" at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing on the web at www.dol.wa.gov.
  • All General Education pre-requisites must be completed prior to the beginning of the 2nd year…CMST&210, COM170, and MATH100.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to use appropriate clothing and protective gear and practice ergonomically correct actions to safeguard against injuries in the workplace.
  • Graduates will be able to research and utilize vehicle repair information from web-based programs such as All data, Mitchell On Demand, the iATN, and manufacturer specific programs to perform vehicle repairs in a professional and timely manner utilizing all information resources available.
  • Graduates will be able to diagnose accurately and critically across all major automotive systems and repair common vehicle problems using appropriate tools, equipment and procedures, adhering to standard time and quality standards.
  • Graduates will be able to perform common vehicle service (maintenance) procedures using appropriate tools and equipment while adhering to standard time and quality standards.
  • Graduates will be able to meet most to all requirements needed to qualify for ASE testing.
  • Graduates will be able to review, interpret, and convey written, verbal and graphic information to communicate effectively with co-workers, management, and customers.
  • Graduates will be able to act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, following industry accepted practices, adhering to company policies, and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers, supervisors, and customers.

Dan Beeson - Instructor image

Dan Beeson

360 752-8403

dbeeson@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Dan Beeson has been an Automotive Technology instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 1996. He has more than a decade of hands-on experience as an Automotive Technician and is currently an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician with an Advanced Engine Performance Specialist certification.

      Dan received his apprenticeship training in the San Jose, California area and became a journeyman automotive technician in 1988. He worked primarily for GM dealerships in California and Washington, eventually reaching the level of Chevrolet Master Technician specializing in drivability, fuel injection, and electronics troubleshooting. In addition, Dan has worked as a trainer with Snap-On Training and Clark College.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      Certified Journeyman Automotive Technician

      ASE Master Automobile Technician

      ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



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Paul Wallace

360 752-8336

pwallace@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      ASE Master M/H Truck Technician

      A.A., Liberal Arts, Fresno City College

      B.A., Industrial Arts, California State University Fresno

      ASE Master Automobile Technician

      ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certified

      ASE Light Vehicle Diesel Engines Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Associate in Applied Science Degree

Choose this program to prepare for a rewarding career as an automotive service technician or mechanic. Occupational choices are extensive in this specialized field; you could work as an automatic transmission, brake, engine performance, or electrical specialist. If you’re looking for a program that provides a wide range of high-demand skills you’ll use with employers such as automotive dealerships, auto rental companies, federal and local government repair shops, and fleet maintenance businesses, then check out Automotive Technology at BTC. This program’s entry points are usually fall and winter quarters. Students must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable to participate in the work-based learning sections of this A.A.S. degree program.

Program Facts

89% Average placement rate for program graduates

Entry-level wage $39,258 annually

Wage potential $48,859 annually

Employment and wage data sources

The Automotive Program is a Master NATEF/ASE Certified Program.

Jobs & Employment

About 89% of BTC Automotive students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $39,258, with an earning potential of about $48,859 per year.*

BTC’s General Automotive Repair and Vehicle Service Technician certificates prepare graduates to work in entry-level automotive positions like lubrication, tire, and muffler service positions.

BTC’s Automotive program is certified by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). This assures that the curriculum follows the stringent standards identified by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation).

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as automotive service technicians. In larger shops, positions have become increasingly specialized. Opportunities for specialty positions include automatic transmission specialist, brake specialist, engine performance specialist, front end specialist and electrical specialist.

Potential places of employment include automotive dealerships, independent service garages, federal and local government repair shops, rental industry, service stations, specialty shops, tire and service industry, and fleet maintenance.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • TRANS 101Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1015 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line “textbook”. Students will be introduced to basic automotive and diesel repair practices. Proper interaction with customers, shop managers and fellow employees will be emphasized.

    Prerequisite:
    Program admission or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/14MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE PWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-10/14MTWTh12:00p-3:00pCURTIS JOpenings: 9
  • TRANS 102Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1025 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line “textbook”. Students will begin to apply tool use and shop practices that are introduced in Basic Transportation 102. These practices will be demonstrated on shop and customer vehicles. Prerequisite: TRANS 101

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101

    Future Offerings
    10/16-11/6MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE PWaitlisted: 0
    10/16-11/6MTWTh12:00p-3:00pCURTIS JOpenings: 10
  • TRANS 103Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1035 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line “textbook”. Student will continue to implement the knowledge they have gained in Trans 101 and 102 to more advanced vehicle systems. Students at this point will have the basic knowledge of dealing with customer concerns, verifying their concerns and beginning to diagnose basic problems. Prerequisite: TRANS 102

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 102

    Future Offerings
    11/13-12/11MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE PWaitlisted: 0
    11/13-12/11MTWTh12:00p-3:00pCURTIS JOpenings: 10
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 23
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFWaitlisted: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 22
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 20
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 27
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    9/23-12/12Online STAFFOpenings: 7
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 17
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 12
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 22
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 22
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/12Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 14
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • AUTO 104Engines Light7 credits

    An introductory look at the 4 stoke gasoline engine followed by in depth study and practice of industry standard minor engine service procedures including gasketing and sealing. This course will also cover theory, diagnosis and repairs to the cooling and lubrication systems.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/4DAILY 8:00a-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 24
  • AUTO 105Engines Major Mechanical5 credits

    An in depth study of internal engine components, measurements and major repairs to those components. Additionally, a complete “on the bench” engine tear down and reassembly including all critical measurements will take place. Prerequisite: TRANS 103

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    2/5-3/5DAILY 8:00a-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 24
  • AUTO 151Electricity/Electronics2 credits

    A comprehensive and thorough introduction to electrical theory as applied to the automobile. This course will focus on electrical behavior in automotive circuits, understanding and using wiring schematics and basic trouble shooting procedures on simple automotive circuits.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103.

    Future Offerings
    3/11-3/26DAILY 8:00a-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 19
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 9
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pMUDD SOpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 11
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 18
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • AUTO 106Applied Engines Technology6 credits

    This lab-based course will cover diagnosis and repairs to the cooling system, lubrication system and all major mechanical systems relating to the engine. This course will serve to apply theories learned in other engine related coursework.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 23
  • Quarter 3
  • AUTO 107Brakes6 credits

    Students will be introduced to the theory and operation of vehicle braking systems. Students will demonstrate the understanding of these systems. Students will then diagnose and perform the needed repairs to the brake and anti-lock brake system on customer vehicles. Prerequisite: TRANS 103

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    5/15-6/9DAILY 8:00a-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • AUTO 122Basic Drive Train4 credits

    Students will be introduced to the operation of vehicle drive train systems. Students will demonstrate the understanding of these systems. Students will then diagnose and perform the needed repairs to the drive train system on customer vehicles. Prerequisite: TRANS 103

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    5/1-5/14DAILY 8:00a-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • AUTO 161Steering and Suspension6 credits

    Students will be introduced to the operation of a vehicles steering and suspension system. Students will demonstrate the understanding of these systems. Students will then diagnose and perform the needed repairs to the steering and suspension system on customer vehicles. Prerequisite: TRANS 103

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    4/7-4/30DAILY 8:00a-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • AUTO 113HVAC4 credits

    Students will be introduced to the operation of a heating, circulation and air conditioning systems. Students will demonstrate the understanding of these systems. Students will then diagnose and perform the needed repairs to the vehicle HVAC systems on customer vehicles.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    6/10-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • AUTO 219Applied Automotive Concepts I15 credits

    The student is required to intern in a business that performs vehicle repairs. The student will obtain and maintain their own employment. The student is normally working with or under the direct supervision of a journeyman-level technician. It is recommended that the student's experience focus on the subject areas completed the last quarter on campus. The repair facility then becomes a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Prerequisite: COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100

  • Quarter 5
  • AUTO 255Electricity/Electronics 28 credits

    An introduction to a variety of electronic systems found on a modern vehicle. AUTO 255 provides an in-depth study of starting & charging systems. This course will also cover body and chassis control systems such as ABS, body computers, low tire pressure warning and airbags. Extensive troubleshooting practice by the application of industry standard troubleshooting techniques will be provided in AUTO 255. Prerequisite: AUTO 151, COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100

    Prerequisite:
    AUTO 151

    Future Offerings
    9/23-11/18DAILY 8:00a-11:00aBEESON DOpenings: 21
  • AUTO 265Engine Performance 23 credits

    AUTO 265 will cover computerized engine management systems including OBD2 and diagnostic trouble code interpretation. This course will also cover vehicle computer networks including typical topologies and troubleshooting techniques. Prerequisites: AUTO 141, AUTO 255, COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100

    Prerequisite:
    AUTO 141, AUTO 255

    Future Offerings
    11/19-12/12DAILY 8:00a-11:00aBEESON DOpenings: 21
  • AUTO 229Applied Automotive Concepts II5 credits

    The student is required to intern in a business that performs vehicle repairs. The student will obtain and maintain their employment. The student is normally working with or under the direct supervision of a journeyman-level technician. It is recommended the student’s experience focuses on the subject areas recently completed on campus if practical or possible thereby making the internship site a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will also have an opportunity to perform on-campus internships however availability is extremely limited. Students are encouraged to seek internship opportunities within the industry first. Prerequisite: COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12ARRBEESON DOpenings: 21
  • Quarter 6
  • AUTO 250Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles7 credits

    This course will focus on theory, description and operation of automatic drive systems. This will include diagnosis and trouble shooting hydraulic, electrical/electronic controls and mechanical systems and practicing proper R&R techniques. Prerequisite: AUTO 122, AUTO 265, COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100

    Prerequisite:
    AUTO 250, AUTO 265

    Future Offerings
    2/3-3/26DAILY 8:00a-11:00aWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • AUTO 260Manual Transmission/Transaxle3 credits

    This course will focus on theory, description and operation of manual drive train systems. This course will include clutches, transfer cases and differentials. Prerequisite: AUTO 122, COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100

    Prerequisite:
    AUTO 122

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/2DAILY 8:00a-11:00aWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • AUTO 259Applied Automotive Concepts III5 credits

    The student is required to intern in a business that performs vehicle repairs. The student will obtain and maintain their employment. The student is normally working with or under the direct supervision of a journeyman-level technician. It is recommended the student’s experience focuses on the subject areas recently completed on campus if practical or possible thereby making the internship site a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will also have an opportunity to perform on-campus internships however availability is extremely limited. Students are encouraged to seek internship opportunities within the industry first. . Prerequisite: COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILYWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • Quarter 7
  • AUTO 275Engine Performance 311 credits

    This course will offer instruction in the operation, diagnosis and repair of fuel systems, ignition systems and emission control systems including exhaust gas analysis. In addition there will be more in-depth study of the OBD2 system and how it relates to other systems on the vehicle. This course also includes an introduction to alternative fuel vehicles.

    Prerequisite:
    AUTO 103, AUTO 265

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-11:00aBEESON DOpenings: 24
  • AUTO 279Applied Automotive Concepts IV5 credits

    The student is required to intern in a business that performs vehicle repairs. The student will obtain and maintain their employment. The student is normally working with or under the direct supervision of a journeyman-level technician. It is recommended the student’s experience focuses on the subject areas recently completed on campus if practical or possible thereby making the internship site a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will also have an opportunity to perform on-campus internships however availability is extremely limited. Students are encouraged to seek internship opportunities within the industry first. Prerequisite: COM 170, CMST& 210, and MATH 100


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23DAILY12:00p-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 24
  • See instructor regarding alternative options for AUTO 229, AUTO 259 and AUTO 279.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS130-133 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

Program Start

  • In addition to submitting an application, Automotive Technology students must complete the admissions completion form and provide the following: - Copy of your valid Driver's License (with no restrictions due to driving offenses);

    - Current complete 3-year driving record from Washington State DOL (this must be obtained within the week prior to submitting the admissions completion form). This copy of your driving record will be kept on file for advising purposes only;

    - Signed statement indicating that you understand program admissions requirements and industry hiring standards;

    - A renewed copy of your valid driver's license (with no restrictions due to driving offenses) will again be required at the start of your second year in the program.
  • Please Note:

    1. You are required to maintain a valid driver's license as long as you are enrolled in this program;

    2. Many employers, in this field, will only hire applicants who have a clean driving record;

    3. Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current "Abstract of Driving Record" at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing on the web at www.dol.wa.gov.
  • All General Education pre-requisites must be completed prior to the beginning of the 2nd year…CMST&210, COM170, and MATH100.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to use appropriate clothing and protective gear and practice ergonomically correct actions to safeguard against injuries in the workplace.
  • Graduates will be able to research and utilize vehicle repair information from web-based programs such as Alldata, Mitchell On Demand, the iATN, and manufacturer specific programs to perform vehicle repairs in a professional and timely manner utilizing all information resources available.
  • Graduates will be able to diagnose accurately and critically across all major automotive systems and repair common vehicle problems using appropriate tools, equipment and procedures, adhering to standard time and quality standards.
  • Graduates will be able to perform common vehicle service (maintenance) procedures using appropriate tools and equipment while adhering to standard time and quality standards.
  • Graduates will able to meet most to all requirements needed to qualify for ASE testing.
  • Graduates will be able to review, interpret, and convey written, verbal and graphic information to communicate effectively with co-workers, management, and customers.
  • Graduates will be able to act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, following industry accepted practices, adhering to company policies, and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers, supervisors, and customers.

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Dan Beeson

360 752-8403

dbeeson@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Dan Beeson has been an Automotive Technology instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 1996. He has more than a decade of hands-on experience as an Automotive Technician and is currently an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician with an Advanced Engine Performance Specialist certification.

      Dan received his apprenticeship training in the San Jose, California area and became a journeyman automotive technician in 1988. He worked primarily for GM dealerships in California and Washington, eventually reaching the level of Chevrolet Master Technician specializing in drivability, fuel injection, and electronics troubleshooting. In addition, Dan has worked as a trainer with Snap-On Training and Clark College.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      Certified Journeyman Automotive Technician

      ASE Master Automobile Technician

      ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



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Paul Wallace

360 752-8336

pwallace@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      ASE Master M/H Truck Technician

      A.A., Liberal Arts, Fresno City College

      B.A., Industrial Arts, California State University Fresno

      ASE Master Automobile Technician

      ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certified

      ASE Light Vehicle Diesel Engines Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



General Automotive Repair Certificate

Choose this program to prepare for a rewarding career as an automotive service technician or mechanic. Occupational choices are extensive in this specialized field; you could work as an automatic transmission, brake, engine performance, or electrical specialist.

If you’re looking for a program that provides a wide range of high-demand skills you’ll use with employers such as automotive dealerships, auto rental companies, federal and local government repair shops, and fleet maintenance businesses, then check out Automotive at BTC!

Students must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable to participate in the work-based learning sections of this certificate.

Program Facts

Wages vary depending on skills, training and experience

Employment and wage data sources

The Automotive Program is a Master NATEF/ASE Certified Program.

Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Jobs & Employment

About 89% of BTC Automotive students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $39,258, with an earning potential of about $48,859 per year.*

BTC’s General Automotive Repair and Vehicle Service Technician certificates prepare graduates to work in entry-level automotive positions like lubrication, tire, and muffler service positions.

BTC’s Automotive program is certified by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). This assures that the curriculum follows the stringent standards identified by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation).

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as automotive service technicians. In larger shops, positions have become increasingly specialized. Opportunities for specialty positions include automatic transmission specialist, brake specialist, engine performance specialist, front end specialist and electrical specialist.

Potential places of employment include automotive dealerships, independent service garages, federal and local government repair shops, rental industry, service stations, specialty shops, tire and service industry, and fleet maintenance.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • TRANS 101Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1015 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line “textbook”. Students will be introduced to basic automotive and diesel repair practices. Proper interaction with customers, shop managers and fellow employees will be emphasized.

    Prerequisite:
    Program admission or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/14MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE PWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-10/14MTWTh12:00p-3:00pCURTIS JOpenings: 9
  • TRANS 102Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1025 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line “textbook”. Students will begin to apply tool use and shop practices that are introduced in Basic Transportation 102. These practices will be demonstrated on shop and customer vehicles. Prerequisite: TRANS 101

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101

    Future Offerings
    10/16-11/6MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE PWaitlisted: 0
    10/16-11/6MTWTh12:00p-3:00pCURTIS JOpenings: 10
  • TRANS 103Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1035 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line “textbook”. Student will continue to implement the knowledge they have gained in Trans 101 and 102 to more advanced vehicle systems. Students at this point will have the basic knowledge of dealing with customer concerns, verifying their concerns and beginning to diagnose basic problems. Prerequisite: TRANS 102

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 102

    Future Offerings
    11/13-12/11MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE PWaitlisted: 0
    11/13-12/11MTWTh12:00p-3:00pCURTIS JOpenings: 10
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 23
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFWaitlisted: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 22
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 20
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 27
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    9/23-12/12Online STAFFOpenings: 7
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 17
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 12
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 22
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 22
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/12Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 14
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • AUTO 104Engines Light7 credits

    An introductory look at the 4 stoke gasoline engine followed by in depth study and practice of industry standard minor engine service procedures including gasketing and sealing. This course will also cover theory, diagnosis and repairs to the cooling and lubrication systems.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/4DAILY 8:00a-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 24
  • AUTO 105Engines Major Mechanical5 credits

    An in depth study of internal engine components, measurements and major repairs to those components. Additionally, a complete “on the bench” engine tear down and reassembly including all critical measurements will take place. Prerequisite: TRANS 103

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    2/5-3/5DAILY 8:00a-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 24
  • AUTO 151Electricity/Electronics2 credits

    A comprehensive and thorough introduction to electrical theory as applied to the automobile. This course will focus on electrical behavior in automotive circuits, understanding and using wiring schematics and basic trouble shooting procedures on simple automotive circuits.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103.

    Future Offerings
    3/11-3/26DAILY 8:00a-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 19
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 9
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pMUDD SOpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 11
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 18
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • AUTO 106Applied Engines Technology6 credits

    This lab-based course will cover diagnosis and repairs to the cooling system, lubrication system and all major mechanical systems relating to the engine. This course will serve to apply theories learned in other engine related coursework.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pBEESON DOpenings: 23
  • Quarter 3
  • AUTO 107Brakes6 credits

    Students will be introduced to the theory and operation of vehicle braking systems. Students will demonstrate the understanding of these systems. Students will then diagnose and perform the needed repairs to the brake and anti-lock brake system on customer vehicles. Prerequisite: TRANS 103

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    5/15-6/9DAILY 8:00a-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • AUTO 122Basic Drive Train4 credits

    Students will be introduced to the operation of vehicle drive train systems. Students will demonstrate the understanding of these systems. Students will then diagnose and perform the needed repairs to the drive train system on customer vehicles. Prerequisite: TRANS 103

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    5/1-5/14DAILY 8:00a-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • AUTO 161Steering and Suspension6 credits

    Students will be introduced to the operation of a vehicles steering and suspension system. Students will demonstrate the understanding of these systems. Students will then diagnose and perform the needed repairs to the steering and suspension system on customer vehicles. Prerequisite: TRANS 103

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    4/7-4/30DAILY 8:00a-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 24
  • AUTO 113HVAC4 credits

    Students will be introduced to the operation of a heating, circulation and air conditioning systems. Students will demonstrate the understanding of these systems. Students will then diagnose and perform the needed repairs to the vehicle HVAC systems on customer vehicles.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 103

    Future Offerings
    6/10-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS70 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

Program Start

  • In addition to submitting an application, Automotive Technology students must complete the admissions completion form and provide the following: - Copy of your valid Driver's License (with no restrictions due to driving offenses);

    - Current complete 3-year driving record from Washington State DOL (this must be obtained within the week prior to submitting the admissions completion form). This copy of your driving record will be kept on file for advising purposes only;

    - Signed statement indicating that you understand program admissions requirements and industry hiring standards.
  • Please Note:

    1. You are required to maintain a valid driver's license as long as you are enrolled in this program;

    2. Many employers, in this field, will only hire applicants who have a clean driving record;

    3. Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current "Abstract of Driving Record" at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing on the web at www.dol.wa.gov.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

Program Outcomes

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Paul Wallace

360 752-8336

pwallace@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      ASE Master M/H Truck Technician

      A.A., Liberal Arts, Fresno City College

      B.A., Industrial Arts, California State University Fresno

      ASE Master Automobile Technician

      ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certified

      ASE Light Vehicle Diesel Engines Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



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Dan Beeson

360 752-8403

dbeeson@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Dan Beeson has been an Automotive Technology instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 1996. He has more than a decade of hands-on experience as an Automotive Technician and is currently an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician with an Advanced Engine Performance Specialist certification.

      Dan received his apprenticeship training in the San Jose, California area and became a journeyman automotive technician in 1988. He worked primarily for GM dealerships in California and Washington, eventually reaching the level of Chevrolet Master Technician specializing in drivability, fuel injection, and electronics troubleshooting. In addition, Dan has worked as a trainer with Snap-On Training and Clark College.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      Certified Journeyman Automotive Technician

      ASE Master Automobile Technician

      ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Vehicle Service Technician Certificate

Choose this program to prepare for a rewarding career as an automotive service technician or mechanic. Occupational choices are extensive in this specialized field; you could work as an automatic transmission, brake, engine performance, or electrical specialist.

If you’re looking for a program that provides a wide range of high-demand skills you’ll use with employers such as automotive dealerships, auto rental companies, federal and local government repair shops, and fleet maintenance businesses, then check out Automotive at BTC.

Students must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable to participate in the work-based learning sections of this certificate.

Program Facts

89% Average placement rate for program graduates

Entry-level wage $23,808 annually

Wage potential $48,859 annually

Employment and wage data sources

The Automotive Program is a Master NATEF/ASE Certified Program.

Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Jobs & Employment

About 89% of BTC Automotive students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $39,258, with an earning potential of about $48,859 per year.*

BTC’s General Automotive Repair and Vehicle Service Technician certificates prepare graduates to work in entry-level automotive positions like lubrication, tire, and muffler service positions.

BTC’s Automotive Technology program is certified by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). This assures that the curriculum follows the stringent standards identified by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation).

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as automotive service technicians. In larger shops, positions have become increasingly specialized. Opportunities for specialty positions include automatic transmission specialist, brake specialist, engine performance specialist, front end specialist and electrical specialist.

Potential places of employment include automotive dealerships, independent service garages, federal and local government repair shops, rental industry, service stations, specialty shops, tire and service industry, and fleet maintenance.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • TRANS 101Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1015 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line “textbook”. Students will be introduced to basic automotive and diesel repair practices. Proper interaction with customers, shop managers and fellow employees will be emphasized.

    Prerequisite:
    Program admission or instructor permission

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  • TRANS 102Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1025 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line “textbook”. Students will begin to apply tool use and shop practices that are introduced in Basic Transportation 102. These practices will be demonstrated on shop and customer vehicles. Prerequisite: TRANS 101

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101

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  • TRANS 103Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1035 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line “textbook”. Student will continue to implement the knowledge they have gained in Trans 101 and 102 to more advanced vehicle systems. Students at this point will have the basic knowledge of dealing with customer concerns, verifying their concerns and beginning to diagnose basic problems. Prerequisite: TRANS 102

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 102

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS15 credits

Program Entry Information

This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

Program Start

  • In addition to submitting an application, Automotive Technology students must complete the admissions completion form and provide the following: - Copy of your valid Driver's License (with no restrictions due to driving offenses);

    - Current complete 3-year driving record from Washington State DOL (this must be obtained within the week prior to submitting the admissions completion form). This copy of your driving record will be kept on file for advising purposes only;

    - Signed statement indicating that you understand program admissions requirements and industry hiring standards.
  • Please Note:

    1. You are required to maintain a valid driver's license as long as you are enrolled in this program;

    2. Many employers, in this field, will only hire applicants who have a clean driving record;

    3. Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current "Abstract of Driving Record" at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing on the web at www.dol.wa.gov.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

Program Outcomes

Paul Wallace - Instructor image

Paul Wallace

360 752-8336

pwallace@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      ASE Master M/H Truck Technician

      A.A., Liberal Arts, Fresno City College

      B.A., Industrial Arts, California State University Fresno

      ASE Master Automobile Technician

      ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certified

      ASE Light Vehicle Diesel Engines Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Dan Beeson - Instructor image

Dan Beeson

360 752-8403

dbeeson@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Dan Beeson has been an Automotive Technology instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 1996. He has more than a decade of hands-on experience as an Automotive Technician and is currently an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician with an Advanced Engine Performance Specialist certification.

      Dan received his apprenticeship training in the San Jose, California area and became a journeyman automotive technician in 1988. He worked primarily for GM dealerships in California and Washington, eventually reaching the level of Chevrolet Master Technician specializing in drivability, fuel injection, and electronics troubleshooting. In addition, Dan has worked as a trainer with Snap-On Training and Clark College.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      Certified Journeyman Automotive Technician

      ASE Master Automobile Technician

      ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification