Automotive Technology

Today’s garage is not like your grandfather’s garage.

As technology as evolved, so have the cars we drive. In the Automotive Mechanic program, students prepare for entry-level positions as automotive technicians. Students learn in an active auto service facility that is open to the public and can test for Automotive Service Excellent (ASE) certifications while completing the program. This program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) for both secondary and post-secondary levels.

General Information

Career Advisor: Leesa Ostrander
253-680-7410 |

Location: South Campus
Hours: 7:30AM – 4:00PM

Program Length: Eight Quarters

  • National Median Salary$42,090
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings61,700

This information is base on data from June 2021.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Note: Information is accurate as of its original posting date. The college reserves the right to edit, change, or update information as needed throughout the year. Up-to-date information is available in Student Services.

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CIP: 47.0604    EPC: 712

In an active, campus auto service facility, students practice all aspects of the profession, from balancing tires to diagnosing engine problems. Using advanced computerized analyzers, students learn to perform repairs, overhaul engines and transmissions, service fuel injection systems, and much more. Bates’ automotive program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) for both secondary and post-secondary levels. Bates’ Automotive Mechanic program instructors are Evaluation Team Leaders for NATEF and evaluate other programs in the Puget Sound area for NATEF membership eligibility. Instruction is configured according to Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification requirements, and students are encouraged to take one or more ASE certification tests while completing the program.


Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Mike Clark

    253.680.7592 | Email

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