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Auto Mechanic Schools in Washington with Program Information

There are more than 20 schools within Washington State that have automotive mechanic degree and certificate programs. Get an overview of 10 of the largest schools' programs to find out which school is the right one for you. View article »

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School Location Type In-State Costs Out-of-State Costs Programs Offered
Clark College Vancouver 2-year public $3,653 $8,843 3 associate and 2 certificate programs
Clover Park Technical College Lakewood 2-year public $5,105 (30 credit hours) $13,128 (30 credit hours) 4 associate and 6 certificate programs
Columbia Basin College, is a 4-year public Pasco 4-year public $2,040 (23 credit hours) $3,028 (23 credit hours) 1 associate and 3 certificate programs
Green River Community College Auburn 2-year public $1,806 (20 credit hours) $1,973 (20 credit hours) 1 associate and 2 certificate programs
Seattle Community College - South Campus Seattle 4-year public $2,080 (for 25 credit hours) $2,218 (for 25 credit hours) 1 associate and 3 certificate programs
Shoreline Community College Shoreline 2-year public $1,395 (for 18 credit hours) $2,325 (for 18 credit hours) 1 associate and 2 certificate programs
Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon 2-year public $1,662 (for 18 credit hours) $2,123 (for 18 credit hours) 1 associate and 7 certificate programs
South Puget Community College Olympia 2-year public $2,217 (for 25 credit hours) $5,145 (for 25 credit hours) 1 associate and 3 certificate programs
Spokane Community College Spokane 2-year public $2,550 $3,216 1 associate and 6 certificate programs
Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla 2-year public $1,554 (for 18 credit hours) $2,052 (for 18 credit hours) 1 associate and 1 certificate program

Several colleges within the state of Washington offer certificate or associate's degree programs in automotive technology. Some programs may offer areas of specialization or transfer options. Students may participate in internships or co-op experiences. After graduation, students are eligible to sit for National Service for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams. Though voluntary, ASE credentials are preferred by many employers.

The profiles below cover ten of the largest 2- and 4-year colleges that offer programs for the aspiring auto mechanic. The program titles include:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Toyota Technology
  • Automotive Technician Skills Certificate
  • Hybrid Alternative Fuel Maintenance
  • Automotive Drive Train Technician
  • Automotive Electrical and Air Conditioning/Heating
  • Automotive Engine Repair
  • Automotive Parts Specialist
  • Automotive Repair Technology

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Washington Schools With Auto Mechanic Programs

Vancouver's Clark College is a 2-year, public school in a mid-size city. Tuition and fees for in-state was $3,653 and out-of-state was $8,843, as of 2016. The school offers three associate's degree programs and two certificate programs in automotive technology.

  • Associate in Applied Technology in Automotive Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science in Toyota Technology
  • Automotive Technician Skills Certificate (Basic and Advanced)

The Associate and Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Associate in Applied Technology (A.A.T.) programs offer identical automotive technology curricula. However, students in the A.A.S. take general education courses in humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. The school offers a fast-track option as well, which allows students to complete the Associate in Applied Science program in automotive technology in 14 months during the evenings.

The college also partners with Toyota to provide specialized training through the Toyota Technical Education Network (T-TEN), allowing A.A.S. students to specialize in Toyota vehicle technology. Students pursuing this specialization complete an internship at a Toyota dealership. The college also offers certificate programs in basic and advanced automotive technician skills.

Located in Lakewood, Clover Park Technical College is a suburban 2-year public school. In-state tuition is $5,105 and out-of-state tuition $13,128 for the 2015-2016 school year for a 30 credit hour enrollment. These costs do not include additional fees charged by the school. The school offers these programs in automotive technology:

  • Associate in Applied Technology in Automotive Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science in Hybrid Alternative Fuel Maintenance
  • Associate in Applied Technology in Hybrid Alternative Fuel Maintenance
  • Automotive Drive Train Technician Certificate
  • Automotive Electrical and Air Conditioning/Heating Certificate
  • Automotive Engine Repair Certificate
  • Automotive Front End and Brakes Certificate
  • Ford Motor Company Light Maintenance and Repair Certificate
  • Hybrid Alternative Fuel Maintenance Certificate

Pasco-based Columbia Basin College, is a 4-year public school in a small city. In-state tuition was $2,040 and out-of-state tuition was $3,028, for a total of 23 credit hours in 2016. Programs offered by the school include:

  • Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Technology Certificate
  • Basic Automotive Technician Certificate
  • Hybrid and High Voltage Vehicle Maintenance Certificate

Located in Auburn, Green River Community College is a 2-year public school in a small city. In-state tuition and fees were $1,806 and out-of-state tuition and fees were $1,973 for 20 credits as of 2016. The school offers these programs:

  • Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology
  • Transmission and Transaxle Certificate
  • Brakes, Steering and Suspension Certificate

Automotive tech students must hold a valid driver's license. Associate's degree program participants take courses in leadership, oral communication and writing in addition to automotive technology coursework.

Seattle Community College - South Campus, about five miles from downtown Seattle, is a 4-year public school in a large city. Tuition was $2,080 for in-state and $2,218 for out-of-state, for 25 credit hours, as of 2016. Programs offered by the school include:

  • Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology
  • General Service Technician Certificate
  • Minor Certificate
  • Master Certificate
  • Introduction to Automotive Certificate
  • Brakes and Suspension Certificate
  • Transmission and Transaxle Certificate
  • Engine Repair Certificate
  • Electrical/Electronics and HVAC Certificate
  • Engine Performance/ Drivability Certificate

The 114-credit associate's degree program includes general education as well as automotive technology courses. Students who wish to transfer to a 4-year school can take the transfer curriculum option.

Shoreline Community College, located in Shoreline, is a 2-year public suburban school. Tuition for 18 credit hours was $1,395 for in-state and $2,325 for out-of-state in 2016.

The school offers the Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences in Automotive Technology program that works with Chrysler, General Motors, Honda and Toyota. All students complete an 11-week automotive technology training program, which is followed by an 11-week hands-on training period at a local automotive dealership. The associate's degree program takes approximately two years to complete. Automotive dealer internships are paid, and students receive various certifications in the respective makes.

The General Service Technician certificate consists of two quarters of academic study and an internship at a local dealership that lasts one quarter. The general service technician certificate program isn't manufacturer-specific.

Mount Vernon's Skagit Valley College is a 2-year public school in a small city. Tuition for in-state was $1,662 and for out-of-state was $2,123 for 18 credits, as of 2015. Programs offered include:

  • Associate in Technical Arts in Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Services Advisor/Writer Certificate
  • Automotive Parts Specialist Certificate
  • Automotive Electronics and Diagnostics Specialist Certificate
  • Alignment/ Suspension and Brake Specialist Certificate
  • Transmission Specialist Certificate
  • General Automotive Certificate
  • Light Maintenance Technician Certificate

Automotive technology courses offered by this school include automotive electrical, engines and alternative fuels.

Based in Olympia, South Puget Community College is a 2-year public school in a small city. Tuition for in-state was $2,217 and for out-of-state was $5,145 for 25 credits, as of 2016. The school offers an Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology program. Students complete general education requirements in addition to automotive technology core coursework. The Cooperative Work Experience program provides credit for students who work part-time for a local automotive company. Additionally, the college provides the Automotive Technology certificate at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

About 4.5 miles from downtown Spokane, Spokane Community College is a 2-year public school in a mid-size city. In-state tuition was $2,550 and out-of-state tuition was $3,216, as of 2016. The school offers these programs:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Technology Certificate
  • Automotive Transmissions and Transaxles Certificate
  • Brakes and Suspension Certificate
  • Electronics/Electrical Certificate
  • Engine Performance/Air Conditioning Certificate
  • Engine Repair Certificate

Associate's degree programs include a general automotive technology curriculum and a Toyota specialization curriculum and typically require six quarters of study to complete.

Walla Walla Community College, in the town of Walla Walla, is a 2-year public, rural, fringe school. For 18 credit hours, in-state tuition was $1,554 and out-of-state tuition was $2,052 as of 2016. The school offers Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences in Automotive Repair Technology and an Automotive Repair Technology Certificate.

Students have the option to enroll in a dual-degree program and earn an associate's degree in automotive technology and diesel technology or auto body repair technology. After completion of the first year of the associate's degree program, students may receive an automotive repair technology certificate. Walla Walla Community College offers students who complete all required courses the opportunity to transfer to Montana State University - Northern in Havre, Montana. This university offers a bachelor's degree program in automotive technology.

There are a range of different schools in Washington State that are offering auto mechanic programs and choosing the one that is right for you is a matter of comparing the different features of each college.

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