Career Advising

Career Advisors are here to help you. If you’re an existing student who needs support in planning your educational pathway, your career advisor is a great resource. Career Advisors are also available to refer students to community resources for crisis intervention and problem resolution.

Career Advisors can assist with:

  • Appropriate placement in general education courses
  • Learning about college resources and support services
  • Understanding degree or certificate requirements
  • Program costs
  • Understanding college policies, procedures
  • Educational planning

Career advisors are assigned based on your career pathway.

To make an appointment with a career advisor, call 253.680.7002 or


Advisor Brandon HeldAdvisor Bob TrauflerAdvisor Jason Carroll
Administrative Medical AssistantAccountingArchitectural Woodworking/Cabinet Making Technology
BarberAdministrative Business AssistantAuto Body Rebuilding and Refinishing
Biomedical Service Technician: Clinical EngineeringBroadcasting/Video ProductionAutomotive Technology
Certified Medical AssistantBusiness Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA/MRP)Carpentry
Culinary ArtsCivil and Environmental Engineering TechnologyCommercial Truck Driving-Entry Level
Dental AssistingCloud Computing and Networking TechnologyDiesel and Heavy Equipment Technology
Dental Lab TechnicianCybersecurityEarly Childhood Education
DenturistDigital MediaElectrical Construction
Electronic Equipment Service TechnicianElectrical Engineering TechnologyFacilities Maintenance Engineer
MachinistAutomation and MechatronicsHeating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration
Technician (HVAC)
Nursing Assistant CertifiedInformation Technology SpecialistMotorcycle and Marine Technology
Occupational Therapy AssistantMarketing and Business Management (not accepting new students)Sheet Metal Technology
Practical NurseMechanical Engineering TechnologyWelding
Software Development
Fire Service


Advising Faculty Qualifications

Bates Technical College’s Career Advisors hold State of Washington Professional Technical Certification (PTC) in accordance with WAC 131-16 and the rules of the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. They have been assessed and certified for having the educational and professional proficiency to perform the services as Career Advisors in Professional Technical Education programs in the State of Washington.

Their specific details are as follows:

Brandon Held

  • Academic Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, English; Master of Arts, Sociology; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • PTC Number: 3432B, Valid to: 06/01/2025
  • Location: Downtown Campus
  • Email:

Robert Traufler

  • Academic Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration/Marketing; Washington State University, Pullman
  • PTC Number: 2129B, Valid to: 3/15/2027
  • Location: Central Campus
  • Email:

Jason Carroll

  • Academic Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Workforce Education & Development; Master of Arts, Organizational Leadership; Brandman University, Irvine
  • PTC Number: 2007B, Valid to: 2/27/2023
  • Location: South Campus
  • Email: