Automotive Technology

Clark College automotive garage.


Do you want to work as a service technician in the automotive industry?  If so, your in the right place.

Clark College’s Automotive Department has a regional reputation for producing automotive technicians with good mechanical skills and  a thorough understanding of automotive computer, electrical, and electronics systems to work on today’s vehicles.

Students learn current automotive technology by working on state-of-the-art simulators and late-model vehicles donated by local industry. Clark is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and training automotive technicians for more than 40 years.

Clark’s Automotive Technology program also is the first in the Northwest to be accredited by the Toyota Technical Education Network (T-TEN) program. It also has a partnership with Dick Hannah Initiative for Technician Education (HITECC) allowing motivated students to gain training and be employed by the largest automotive dealer in Southwest Washington.

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Degree Options

Automotive Technology
Clark College has three automotive program offerings:
• Toyota T-TEN
• HiTECC (Dealer Ready)
• General Automotive (MLR)

Toyota T-TEN
Clark College is an award-winning Toyota Technical Education Network (T-TEN) training center. Our T-TEN program requires a Toyota Dealer sponsorship prior to admission. Entry into the program is yearly, beginning summer quarter; the format is a two-year program of a quarter of instruction on campus followed by a quarter of on-the-job learning. This means that for the two years that they are in the program, students alternate one quarter of full-time classroom and lab practice with one quarter as a full-time dealership apprentice.

HiTECC (Dealer Ready) – currently under development
The Hannah initiative for Technician Education with Clark College, or HiTECC automotive program prepares students for maintenance and repair employment opportunities in automotive dealerships nationwide. This program provides a broad overview of technology used in modern vehicles. The program structure is patterned after the successful Toyota program and will require a dealership sponsor prior to entry. Students will participate in a cooperative work experience at a dealership while attending school.

General Automotive (MLR) – currently under development
The General Automotive program will focus on repairs performed in general or independent repair facilities. The program will offer two paths: a 1-year Certificate of Proficiency as a Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) technician, and a 2-year General Automotive Service Technician AAT degree. This program does not require a sponsor for entry, although working in a shop during the two year program is encouraged. This program provides a solid foundational education that will cover approximately 70-75% of all repairs performed in general repair facilities.

For all programs, students must complete all Major Area Requirements with a minimum grade of "C" or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award.

Refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirements Section in the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the General Education Requirements.

For additional information regarding General Automotive, contact Advising, at 360-992-2345.
For additional information regarding T-TEN or HiTECC, contact Jason Crone, Coordinator, at 360-992-2566, or Advising, at 360-992-2345.
T-TEN Automotive (AAT)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I (recommended)
5 cr.
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
College-Level Math Required
MATH 103
COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY (recommended)
5 cr.
or MATH&107
MATH IN SOCIETY (recommended)
5 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (recommended)
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
AUTO 150
INTRODUCTION TO TOYOTA
6 cr.
AUTO 151
TOYOTA ELECTRICAL I
8 cr.
AUTO 152
TOYOTA ELECTRICAL II
8 cr.
AUTO 153
TOYOTA BRAKES
7 cr.
AUTO 154
TOYOTA INTERNSHIP I
4 cr.
AUTO 155
TOYOTA STEERING AND SUSPENSION
7 cr.
AUTO 156
TOYOTA ENGINE PERFORMANCE I
8 cr.
AUTO 157
TOYOTA ENGINE PERFORMANCE II
8 cr.
AUTO 250
TOYOTA CLIMATE CONTROL
7 cr.
AUTO 251
TOYOTA INTERNSHIP II
4 cr.
AUTO 252
TOYOTA ENGINE MECHANICAL
8 cr.
AUTO 253
TOYOTA MANUAL TRANSMISSION
7 cr.
AUTO 254
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS
9 cr.
AUTO 255
TOYOTA INTERNSHIP III
4 cr.
Total Required Credits: 110
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Achieve, maintain, and advance in the Toyota/Lexus technician certification process.
  • Represent Toyota/Lexus and their dealers by being competent, highly trained, and ethical Toyota technicians.
  • Use Toyota's 6-step process to verify customer vehicle concern, determine related symptoms, analyze symptoms, isolate cause of concern, correct the concern, and verify proper vehicle operation.
  • Work as an effective team member in a Toyota dealership environment.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
T-TEN Automotive (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
BTEC 106
APPLIED OFFICE ENGLISH (recommended)
3 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
AUTO 150
INTRODUCTION TO TOYOTA
6 cr.
AUTO 151
TOYOTA ELECTRICAL I
8 cr.
AUTO 152
TOYOTA ELECTRICAL II
8 cr.
AUTO 153
TOYOTA BRAKES
7 cr.
AUTO 154
TOYOTA INTERNSHIP I
4 cr.
AUTO 155
TOYOTA STEERING AND SUSPENSION
7 cr.
AUTO 156
TOYOTA ENGINE PERFORMANCE I
8 cr.
AUTO 157
TOYOTA ENGINE PERFORMANCE II
8 cr.
AUTO 250
TOYOTA CLIMATE CONTROL
7 cr.
AUTO 251
TOYOTA INTERNSHIP II
4 cr.
AUTO 252
TOYOTA ENGINE MECHANICAL
8 cr.
AUTO 253
TOYOTA MANUAL TRANSMISSION
7 cr.
AUTO 254
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS
9 cr.
AUTO 255
TOYOTA INTERNSHIP III
4 cr.
Total Required Credits: 104
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Use Toyota's 6-step process to verify customer vehicle concern, determine related symptoms, analyze symptoms, isolate cause of concern, correct the concern, and verify proper vehicle operation.
  • Represent Toyota/Lexus and their dealers by being competent, highly trained, and ethical Toyota technicians.
  • Achieve, maintain, and advance in the Toyota/Lexus technician certification process.
  • Work as an effective team member in a Toyota dealership environment.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
HiTECC Automotive Technology (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
BTEC 106
APPLIED OFFICE ENGLISH
3 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
3 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
3 cr.
Major Area Requirements
AUTO 160
INTRODUCTION TO DEALERSHIP OPERATIONS
6 cr.
AUTO 161
ELECTRICAL I
8 cr.
AUTO 162
ELECTRICAL II
8 cr.
AUTO 163
BRAKES
7 cr.
AUTO 164
INTERNSHIP I
4 cr.
AUTO 165
STEERING AND SUSPENSION
7 cr.
AUTO 166
ENGINE PERFORMANCE I
8 cr.
AUTO 167
ENGINE PERFORMANCE II
8 cr.
AUTO 260
CLIMATE CONTROL
7 cr.
AUTO 261
INTERNSHIP II
4 cr.
AUTO 262
ENGINE MECHANICAL
8 cr.
AUTO 263
MANUAL TRANSMISSION
7 cr.
AUTO 264
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS
9 cr.
AUTO 265
INTERNSHIP III
4 cr.
Total Required Credits: 104
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Use a 6-step process to verify customer vehicle concern, determine related symptoms, analyze symptoms, isolate cause of concern, correct the concern, and verify proper vehicle operation.
  • Represent sponsoring dealers by being competent, highly trained, and ethical dealership technicians.
  • Achieve, maintain, and advance in the ASE technician certification process.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
HiTECC Automotive Technology (AAT)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
MATH 103
COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY
5 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
 
SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
AUTO 160
INTRODUCTION TO DEALERSHIP OPERATIONS
6 cr.
AUTO 161
ELECTRICAL I
8 cr.
AUTO 162
ELECTRICAL II
8 cr.
AUTO 163
BRAKES
7 cr.
AUTO 164
INTERNSHIP I
4 cr.
AUTO 165
STEERING AND SUSPENSION
7 cr.
AUTO 166
ENGINE PERFORMANCE I
8 cr.
AUTO 167
ENGINE PERFORMANCE II
8 cr.
AUTO 260
CLIMATE CONTROL
7 cr.
AUTO 261
INTERNSHIP II
4 cr.
AUTO 262
ENGINE MECHANICAL
8 cr.
AUTO 263
MANUAL TRANSMISSION
7 cr.
AUTO 264
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS
9 cr.
AUTO 265
INTERNSHIP III
4 cr.
Total Required Credits: 110
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Use a 6-step process to verify customer vehicle concern, determine related symptoms, analyze symptoms, isolate cause of concern, correct the concern, and verify proper vehicle operation.
  • Represent sponsoring dealers by being competent, highly trained, and ethical dealership technicians.
  • Achieve, maintain, and advance in the ASE technician certification process.
  • Work as an effective team member in a dealership environment.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
General Automotive Service Technician (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
 
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
PTCS 110
PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS
5 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
 
SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (recommended)
5 cr.
Specified Electives to Enter Program
AUTO 170
AUTOMOTIVE PROCESSES
3 cr.
AUTO 171
MECHANICAL PROCESSES
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
AUTO 172
MAINTENANCE PROCESSES
8 cr.
AUTO 173
UNDERCAR SERVICE AND REPAIR
15 cr.
AUTO 174
UNDERHOOD SERVICE AND REPAIR
15 cr.
Total Required Credits: 61
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Apply a consistent process to determine needed vehicle maintenance and repairs.
  • Service vehicle systems and replace components in accordance with manufacturer guidelines.
  • Develop a process to inspect, analyze, interpret and repair automotive concerns with an emphasis on customer safety and environment sustainability.
  • Access and evaluate relevancy of Electronic Service Information (ESI) during vehicle inspections.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
General Automotive Service Technology (AAT)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
 
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
PTCS 110
PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS
5 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
 
SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (recommended)
5 cr.
Specified Electives to Enter Program
AUTO 170
AUTOMOTIVE PROCESSES
3 cr.
AUTO 171
MECHANICAL PROCESSES
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
AUTO 172
MAINTENANCE PROCESSES
8 cr.
AUTO 173
UNDERCAR SERVICE AND REPAIR
15 cr.
AUTO 174
UNDERHOOD SERVICE AND REPAIR
15 cr.
AUTO 271
DRIVER COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE SYSTEMS
15 cr.
AUTO 272
ADVANCED DIAGNOSTIC STRATEGIES
15 cr.
AUTO 273
CAPSTONE NEW TECHNOLOGY
4 cr.
or
AUTO 274
INTERNSHIP
4 cr.
Total Required Credits: 95
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Apply a consistent process to determine needed vehicle maintenance and repairs.
  • Service vehicle systems and replace components in accordance with manufacturer guidelines.
  • Develop a process to inspect, analyze, interpret and repair automotive concerns with an emphasis on customer safety and environment sustainability.
  • Access and evaluate relevancy of Electronic Service Information (ESI) during vehicle inspections.
  • Comply with Industry and Governmental safety standards in relation to liability of work performed.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.

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